CNET is reporting that the once popular Winamp media player may soon be revived.
According to reports, Winamp – which first launched in 1997 – is currently being retooled by a company known as Radionomy. Once the updates are finished in 2019, the company is planning to relaunch a desktop version, as well as an iOS / Android app.
Not long after the program was first unveiled in 1997, it amassed a large following made up of millions of register users. Shortly thereafter, in 1999, AOL purchased the company from its founders for $80 million.
In 2013, AOL announced that they planned to abandon Winamp toward the close of the year, however, in early 2014 they revealed that the company was sold to Radionomy.
Since the purchase, Radionomy has released several updates – but claim that the upcoming release dubbed Winamp 6, will be the company’s most meaningful improvement yet. CEO Alexandre Saboundjian says Winamp 6 will offer a “complete listening experience” where users will be able to listen to MP3 files in addition to online podcasts and streaming services, all from a centralized location.
Although Winamp has fallen out of favor with American consumers, reports suggest that there are millions of people outside of the U.S. that still use the program.