Friday, November 22, 2013

WHIPPING THE LLAMA'S ASS

Long before the rise of the personal MP3 player, Sony mini disc or the Apple iPod the choice player for digital music was a program called Winamp.

I used Amiga's up to 1992. The first Dos box that I ever used was a a HP 386 that Works, Services & Transportation Minister Aubrey Gover purchased. The giant, overpriced, monochrome machine was a harbinger of things to come.

A year later, I purchased the first of many Dos based machines. A geeky tech minded bachelor with tons of cash, my single biggest expense was ensuring bragging rights on the newest fastest and best computer.

If it was cutting edge, I had it first. I was always continually swapping out hard drives, RAM, video cards and sound cards. As sound cards evolved to 16 to 32 to 64 bit and beyond the computer became a multiple-media machine. This was before wide spread access to the net. Most of my digital music was ripped from my own CD collection.

Winamp allowed me to sort and create playlists. The digital amp and screen displays were so cool! I remember sitting in my living room with lights off, blasting tunes through my Pentium equipped with an Awe-32 sound card and enjoying the glow of the on-screen equalizer.

Even if you don’t remember Winamp, you may remember the demo MP3 that played when you installed the app: “Winamp, it really whips the llama’s ass.”

In 2004, I switched to Apple and iTunes. From time to time, I still used Winamp but not for years now.

The website and all of Winamp’s web services will shut down on December 20 and the desktop player will no longer be available for download.

Like the Beta, Winamp was relegated to the trash bin of history.

Thanks Nullsoft, it is a shame that AOL did not realize what it had purchased.

Winamp should have been iTunes!




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