Winamp is coming back next year, and I can’t wait to slap some skins on it


TechCrunch’s recent report about Winamp making a comeback next year nearly made me weep with joy. It hasn’t been updated in five years, but it’s finally slated to return in 2019.

Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy, the company that acquired Winamp back in 2014, explained that the idea for the revamped app is to support everything from MP3s on your hard drive to podcasts from the cloud – and make it all available across your desktop and mobile devices.

That’s all well and good, but honestly, I’m more excited about the prospect of being able to apply skins to this media player app when it’s out.

Back in its heyday, Winamp was one of the most popular apps for designers to create themes and change the way the interface looked. Up until version 3, you could change the UI by designing around the app’s template for the various windows that housed the main player, the EQ sliders, and your playlists, like so:

Winamp 2's base interface (left), AES skin by mattnagy (center), Amber skin by kriptoner (right)