I was worried that investments in apps would be seriously reconsidered because of this: “If WinAmp with a huge name-recognition value can’t see a good return on investment, why should any other app consider it?”
But this assumes honest market forces at work. It completely ignores the equally plausible notion that pressure was applied to terminate as many free products and force consumers into a Everyone-Pays-Us notion, which is Steve Ballmer’s pledge to vendors. AOL (and whoever owns it, these days) sees WinAmp as nothing but a cost-center and since their logo isn’t attached firmly to WinAmp, why not amputate them. “It can’t harm us!”
And AOL isn’t exactly the darling of Wall Street profit centers, either. They’ve been facing petards for their own hoisting in the past couple of years.
I’m holding out hopes that. like the Libre Office developers fled from Oracle’s tenacles, perhaps WinAmp’s core brilliance will shine on with a Libre Amp or something.