Winamp. It really whipped the llama’s ass.
Yes, whipped. As in past tense. It has been announced that Winamp will be shutting down next month. You have until Dec 20th to download the software and then it will be gone forever. Maybe. There is a groundswell of support for releasing the program as open source on the Winamp forum. But barring that, for a lot of us this would seem to be the end of the line for one of the building blocks of our internet/computing history. If you are in the mood for a bit of a trip down memory lane, The Verge has a post collecting classic Winamp skins. And on a happier note, it seems that mIRC is still alive and well. Go figure!