Friday, November 12, 2004


When I wrote my goodbye Nullsoft entry, I never thought for a moment it would have attracted so much attention.

First, I want to thank the many people out there sharing so many kind words about all of our accomplishments. It’s been really gratifying to see that we really did impact the lives of so many people in such a positive way. I’m sure I speak for all the past and present team members when I say thank you for all the support.

I’ve taken notice of how eager everyone is to hate AOL and blame it for everything that goes wrong under the sun. I want everyone to realize, if it weren’t for AOL, most of what we accomplished would likely not have been possible. It’s important to understand that most people at AOL really try to do the right thing; it just doesn’t always work out the way we'd like.

To be honest, I think that Winamp had the opportunity for a bright future at AOL. However, I believe the only way for that future to have been realized is if Winamp evolved into something very different than it is today. Something much more polished and dare I say, less geeky.

I don’t believe we as a team were interested in that kind of change. It might have been immaturity, or perhaps we were just selfish. It's safe to say that the type of change required wasn't worth it to us and so we resisted and determined our own fate.

As Justin said, coding is his form of self-expression, and I believe that Winamp is an expression of Nullsoft. We could have taken a different path, but at what cost? With five years of ups and downs, I can confidently say the adventure was worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Even with all of it's quirks and imperfections, I can proudly say that Winamp 5 is definitely the best work we ever did.


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