Last week AOL announced it would shut down Winamp but TechCrunch heard a rumor that there may still be some hope for the MP3 player as Microsoft is reportedly in talks with AOL to acquire both Winamp and Shoutcast. The site also writes that AOL has been planning to announce the shut down Shoutcast this week.
From what we understand, the deal is not yet finalized, with AOL and Microsoft still working out the price. It could also be very wishful thinking from those intent on trying to save both services.
AOL did not give any guidance yesterday on what would happen with Shoutcast.
If this is correct, it would represent an interesting, and strange, twist in the story.
On the AOL side, it’s fairly clear why AOL is closing down Winamp and Shoutcast, and it makes sense why it would want to sell both.