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Martin SFP Bryant is the founder of UK startup newsletter PreSeed Now and technology and media consultancy Big Revolution. He was previously Martin SFP Bryant is the founder of UK startup newsletter PreSeed Now and technology and media consultancy Big Revolution. He was previously Editor-in-Chief at TNW.
Update: AOL-owned TechCrunch reports that it has heard a deal for Radionomy to acquire both Winamp and Shoutcast is in the works and could be finalized by January 3.
Winamp, the legendary audio player app that owner AOL had planned to shut down on December 20, may have been acquired by Belgium-based online radio service Radionomy.
As noted by the German language Caschys blog (update: it appears that Bryon Stout on the Winamp forums spotted this first), the name servers for winamp.com now point to radionomy.com. We’ve checked the name server history and indeed, they transferred from aol.com today.
The winamp.com domain continues to be registered to AOL Inc, and there has been no announcement from either AOL or Radionomy about a deal. We’ve contacted both parties for comment. It’s too early to call this a definite acquisition, but we know that Winamp was being shopped for a buyer and it’s worth noting that the planned December 20 shutdown didn’t occur.
Radionomy offers tools and infrastructure for radio producers, and the company says that its network includes 6,000 online stations.
TechCrunch has previously linked Microsoft with a deal to acquire both Winamp and the associated Shoutcast netcasting service, although nothing concrete has materialized on this front as yet. Radionomy is part of Microsoft’s global partnership program, but the companies are otherwise unlinked. Shoutcast’s name servers, meanwhile, continue to point to aol.com.
We’ll update when we have more information.
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