Nullsoft, 1997-2004

Paul Boutin, writing for Slate:

When America Online purged its tiny Nullsoft branch of all but three employees this week, it lost arguably the most prolific division of the company. Not that you could really blame AOL for the mass layoffs—all of Nullsoft’s projects were spitballs tossed at the honchos upstairs. Before the AOL days, Nullsoft founder Justin Frankel and his team of whiz kids practically invented the MP3 craze when they rolled out their Winamp player and Shoutcast server. When AOL paid millions to buy the then-20-year-old Frankel’s services in 1999, he used his new gig to become what Rolling Stone called “the Net’s No. 1 punk.”

Monday, 15 November 2004