15 years later, Winamp is shutting down.
I don’t exactly remember the first computer that arrived at our home. But I can certainly remember doing a lot of stuff in it. Around 1999 to early 2000, I remember coming to home from school and begging to my mother and brother to let me play on the computer. Most of the time, I played classic games like DOOM, The House of the Dead, etc. Occasionally I played GTA II, too, which reminds me a lot of the good old days.
But here’s the thing, I wasn’t always allowed to touch the computer and get down to the games. And most of the time when the computer was turned on, there used to be music playing on the computer. I would look at the monitor, so envious, wanting to close that dark-skinned-little-window-with-green-text and just turn the games on. But I couldn’t. All I could do was sit back, listen to the music, and stare at the dark skin from a distance.
Over a decade later, I now own two computers, multiple smartphones and other gadgets that are much more advanced that they were back in those days. But one thing hasn’t changed over the years, the dark-skinned media player that managed to become my favorite ever since I didn’t need a permission to use a computer.
You can freeze your time and dive instantly back to your childhood if you start playing a song that you only used to listen when you were a kid. But not only does the song become attached to your childhood, but the player that plays the song also becomes a part of it.
I’m sure in the 70s, 80s, or maybe even 90s, the player would be a cassette player or a beat box. But when it comes to the digital era, the music player is also digital. And that’s why when I even look at the Winamp player, it reminds me of all the good old songs that I used to listen to. It reminds me of the old decoration of our house, how my routine and lifestyle used to be, how everything was so kind of blurry (that’s because they are distant past in my memory, though 😉 ), and a lot of tidbits from my childhood.
Granted, despite being tied to my lost childhood and a lot of classic music, I’ve never given any special attention to Winamp. Not until I discovered that Winamp is shutting down. According to Winamp website, Winamp.com and all its servers will be shutting down on December 20, 2013. Past that date, Winamp will no longer be available for download. Undoubtedly, the installer file will remain available on third-party cloud storage, but officially, you won’t be able to download it anymore, nor will you receive any updates, supports, or new codecs for the player in the future.
Just like your childhood has become a thing of the past, Winamp, too, is becoming a thing of the past which you can only play the traditional mp3 music with, but cannot update to receive new features. If you’re like me, chances are, you had a same childhood like me.
Our childhood and Winamp soon to become synonymous — in its true meaning of the word.