Just wondering where you heard that? Source?
The announcement on the download page explicitly says "Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013."
I see that one could come to the conclusion that shoutcast.com falls under associated web services, but I interpreted this as only applying to the Online Services feature included in Winamp.
The rest is common sense.
Discontinueing Winamp is sad, but makes sense and was long awaited by most people.
There's too much competition and AOL never managed to get a real business model around winamp.
Shoutcast on the other hand is implemented in lots of hardware from TVs over Set Top boxes to Hardware Webradios.
Since there is no public API of the Shoutcast Yellow Pages from a consumer perspective, I guess these vendors pay to AOL.
Especially considering they are prominently featuring big names like SONY on this page: http://www.shoutcast.com/partners
Also Shoutcast has only very limited competition. There's Icecast which is great as a server software, but noone knows about their Yellow Pages directory.
And then there's Microsoft, but they are trying as hard as possible to NOT let people know about their media streaming server and the associated Yellow Pages directory.
There's also no word about discontinueing the Nullsoft Branch as a whole.
Of course this is only speculation. One could argue discontinueing Winamp makes no sense either since the mobile apps are still very popular, but there's not less competition in that field than on the PC.
I honestly expected AOL to abandon Winamp years ago after the Winamp 3 debacle already.
Just got one more argument: The shoutcast.com website has no hints at all about shoutcast2 development having come to an end. Wouldn't it be the natural move to display the notice on that website as well?
You don't seem to have any better info then I, do you? (http://forums.winamp.com/showpost.php?p ... ostcount=9