If you like Winamp and want something that resembles it and don't want to use AIMP, Qmmp may be right up your alley. It is a freeware music player for Windows and Linux.
The application has a dark theme and is made up of three parts: the track panel, equalizer and playlist. Each of these can be detached and moved around or closed, just like in the classic application.
The track panel displays the current track information. There is a nice visualizer which can be customized and you need to right-click on it to do so. The track panel has the standard controls for left/right balance, playback, volume, shuffle, and repeat.
Right-click on the track panel to view the keyboard shortcuts to control the playback. Head to Settings > Shortcuts to see all available shortcuts.
The font and buttons on the Qmmp interface are a bit too small, at least for me. You can do two things as a workaround. Use the right-click menu to select View > Double Size, this scales the interface to a larger size. It is perhaps too big and the volume slider may be distorted. The other option that you can do is tweak the font size; do this from the Settings > Appearance > Fonts tab.
The second section is the Playlist manager. You can add, delete, or manage tracks, and save and load your M3U, M3U8 PLS, and XSPF playlists from here. Right-click on a track and select view track info to view the audio summary, cover art and comments (metadata). The third panel in Qmmp is the Equalizer, and it can be used to save/load your custom presets including Winamp's EQF. The program's right-click menu has a Visualization menu with thrrr options that opens a floating visualizer.
Don't like the default theme? Qmmp has other skins to choose from Settings > Appearance > Skins. You can download more themes, set the transparency of each of the three panels from the settings page and more. The Audio Settings tab can be used to enable Replay Gain, set the Output depth and other volume related options.
Here's an XMMS skin.
Qmmp supports themes which are in the .Zip, .Wsz, Tar.Gz, TGZ, and Tar.BZ2 formats. I found some nice skins here.
Qmmp supports plugins, and there are quite a few of them available on the official website. The Windows version has many plugins built-in, and you can enable the ones you want from the Settings > Plugins page. Select a plugin and click on the information button to see what the add-on does. Some plugins have their own preferences that you can modify per your requirements. You can enable a system tray icon or display a notification when the track changes.
Note: I couldn't get the Lyrics plugin to work (Right-click on track > actions > view lyrics). It kept saying "Protocol "https" is unknown". The website mentions it uses Lyrics.wikia though the plugin's information says "Lyricwiki", and the error suggests that the add-on is using an older URL to search for lyrics.
Audio formats supported by Qmmp include MP3, FLAC, CUE, OGG, WMA, WAV, AAC, RA, AU, SND, AIF, AIFF, SHN, 8SVX, SPH, SF, SID, MUS, PRR, TRG, P00, C64, W64, AC3, TAK, VQF, TTA, M4A, OGA, APE, WV, MP1, MP2, MPC, OPUS, AY, GBS, GYM, HES, KSS, NSF, NSFE, SAP, SPC, VGM, VGZ, VTX, AMF, AMS, DBM, DBF, DSM, FAR, MDL, STM, ULT and more.
Qmmp is a Qt-based application. The program is open source. Though it doesn't have a separate portable archive, you can choose the "Portable Configuration" option when you run the installer.
Audacious is another excellent music player that supports Winamp skins.
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