Internet Archive releases Winamp Skins Collection

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 4, 2018
Updated • Oct 4, 2018
Music and Video

The Internet Archive published a huge collection of skins for the media player Winamp the other day which anyone may browse and download.

Winamp is still a popular media player despite the fact that it has not really received a meaningful update in recent years.

While a development version of Winamp 5.8 leaked to the Internet recently, it appears that Winamp development is more dead than alive.

The media player is still used by millions, however as it works considerably well, even when you run it on newer versions of the Windows operating system.

Skins were always a big part of the Winamp experience. Users could download and install hundreds of skins for the player to change its interface. From skins that simply changed colors to full conversions, custom skins offered something for all users.

Ownership changed in 2014 and while Winamp survived most of the content that was on the classic website did not. Users had to go elsewhere to download skins or plugins for the media player, and the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine offered access to most of the content.

Winamp Skins Collection

winamp skins collection

Just head over to the Winamp Skins Collection page on the Internet Archive website to browse the selection of skins for the media player. You get the usual filter, search and sort options, and a preview of each skin by default.

A click on a skin displays it as a larger preview that is sometimes animated.  Winamp users can download skins from the Internet Archive website or follow the link to the Webamp website to see it in action in any modern web browser.


Webamp is web-based version of the Winamp player. Webamp, the online player that supports Winamp skins, runs in any modern browser on any operating system.

You can load local music in the player and play it right away, or play the default playlist instead. Some features are limited, however. It is not possible for instance to play Internet Radio using Webamp.

Winamp users need to drop the skin file on the player interface to install it. Note that this may require elevation and that you will get an "are you sure" prompt. The skin is then available just like any of the default skins.

If you use Webamp, simply right-click on the player on the Webamp website and select Skins > Load Skin to select a skin from the local system.

Closing words

While I prefer AIMP over Winamp, as the former is in active developed, I know quite a few users who still use Winamp for audio playback on their devices.

A central repository for Winamp skins is a welcome addition to the Internet Archive. The organization has added numerous collections to the archive in recent years. From arcade games, DOS games and other games that you can play online or download, to computer magazines, and music collections.

Now You: which media player do you use?

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  1. Gre said on August 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Hello folks!

    You can also use this web site to download Winamp goodies, the original binaries for Windows and Mac, skins, plugins, and many other things.

    Have a fun with Winamp.

  2. VZbull said on July 3, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Does AIMP support mp3 devices? I use it occasionally and I like everything about it apart from the no devices feature.

  3. EP said on October 16, 2018 at 9:28 am

    hi Martin. check out this recent article from Neowin:

  4. Llamas !! said on October 6, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Llamas !!

  5. Steve#99 said on October 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    +1 with Akari, Winamp whips the llama’s ass. You can also use the archive to d/l winamp goodies, including the original skins, plugins, and actual winamp binaries (see link below). The last excellent version of winamp was Winamp 563 Build built in 2012. The final version, Winamp 566 was rushed, buggy, and broke allot of Winamp goodness. PS: All of the winamp’s online features still function such as streaming, auto syncing podcast (Winamp’s rss podcast support is Far superior to itunz), native support for ipods up to the nano 4 (doesn’t support nano 5+ so I use foobar 2000 for those).

    The above digitially signed Winamp 563 Build file should have these hashes…
    sha1 of: 88b04b4c0855e13dade7089e8b83ca7b0dd877ef
    sha256 of: 0bcbe8a760e38610be32b2195a0c69cfbc23ad127c98091d0189a45add51653a

    It would be a good idea to add these entries to your host file.


    1. Lindsay said on October 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

      What does adding these to HOSTS achieve?

      1. Bilbo said on May 8, 2019 at 8:29 pm

        This is so the program does not go looking for web addresses that no longer exist.

  6. Dennis Nilsson said on October 5, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Winamp is simply the best. No clutter.

    No other audio player lets you do what you wish, with all different Winamp plugins.

    I use Winamp + plugins to run several webradiostations.

  7. Anonymous said on October 5, 2018 at 6:37 am

    musicbee ftw when you have huge library

  8. Wolfie0827 said on October 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    For those who still use it, this site saved a lot of the content. Not all though.

  9. chesscanoe said on October 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    AIMP with standard skin meets all my requirements.

  10. birmingham said on October 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the good news, ghacks
    My last skin search on their own site was a pain.
    btw, I use both Aimp for collections and faster Winamp 2.9 for the quick things.

  11. Lindsay said on October 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Haha that takes me back.

    I can’t remember there being many (if any) skins that were more useful than the stock skin, though.

  12. Yuliya said on October 4, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    AIMP 🧡
    Simply the best

    1. Ozark said on October 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      I prefer Winamp.

    2. Akari said on October 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Winamp 🧡

      It really whips the llama’s ass

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