Winamp History

Winamp, the original media player, is largely an artifact of history in a post-iTunes world.  Why?

The history of Winamp is one of bad management, corporate negligence, and being too slow in when speed is measured in Internet years.  The young, eager hackers of Winamp were chewed up and spit out by the AOL conglomerate.  The creative guys had their creativity stifled and ideas squashed, and what was a story of “how cool” became one of “what could have been.”

There are many lessons to take from this, but the primary one is: Corporate culture matters.

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