Alexandre Saboundjian, the CEO of Radionomy, said that the upgrade would bring a “complete listening experience.
AudioValley, Radionomy’s parent company, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
The Belgian company that bought Winamp from AOL in January 2014 hasn’t really done much with it since buying the remnants of the property just months after AOL finally pulled the plug.
“You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, [and] to a playlist you perhaps have built,” Saboundjian was quoted as saying. “People want one single experience. I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”
Ars wrote an extensive feature on the rise and fall of Winamp in June 2012, detailing AOL’s mismanagement of the property since its dotcom-boom acquisition. As we reported then, Winamp continued to receive updates and make a tiny amount of money for AOL throughout the last 15 years. AOL even released the first Android version in 2010 and a Mac version in 2011.
“There’s no reason that Winamp couldn’t be in the position that iTunes is in today if not for a few layers of mismanagement by AOL that started immediately upon acquisition,” Rob Lord, the first hire and first general manager of Winamp, told Ars in 2012.