Winamp’s historic skins have their own online museum
Once upon a time, when people were still streaming music from their hard drives, there was a software that almost everyone used to listen to MP3s: Winamp.
The best thing about it was that you could change the look of the interface – something you can’t do with most streaming services like Spotify.
Many of these Winamp “skins” are finally making their way into the history books with the Winamp Skin Museum.
On this website, you just scroll through tens of thousands of these highly personalized Winamp statement songs and can even try them out to play songs.
The variety of skins was – and still is – so massive that California developer Jordan Eldredge wanted to create a monument for it.
The site accesses the Internet Archive’s Winamp skin collection and features a virtually endless wallpaper of scrolling skins, all tightly grouped together.
Eldredge even made the skins fully functional, meaning you can click on them, play songs, and adjust the EQ, just like before, with 13 sample tracks to choose from.
Click “Open Files” – the eject button – and you can even play your own MP3 files, if any of these relics still remain on your computer.
And if you have some exciting Winamp skins that are not yet in the collection, you can submit them. Just click on the download button with the arrow at the top right of the page. – dpa