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The Winamp Skin Museum Is the Gist of ’90s Computing Weirdness

We stumbled upon 65,000 Winamp skins online, and they’re glorious.
IMAGE Winamp Skin Museum, Jordan Eldredge
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Remember when Winamp was everybody’s Spotify? From the late ’90s to the mid-’00s, Winamp dominated everybody’s PC as the media player of choice. This was back at a time when bootleg copies of songs almost killed the music industry, and playing these on Winamp was everybody’s favorite crime. 

Speaking of crimes, we stumbled upon 65,000 Winamp skins online, and they’re glorious. The Winamp Skin Museum is an interactive library of Winamp skins. You can actually play music on the thousands of skins, which are clickable. 

The online museum was created by Jordan Eldredge. “The Winamp Skin Museum is an attempt to build a fast, searchable, and shareable, interface for the collection of Winamp Skins amassed on the Internet Archive,” wrote Eldredge. 

The Default Winamp UI

Photo by Winamp Skin Museum, Jordan Eldredge.
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The highly pixelized user interfaces give all the feels of the ’90s-era computing. Almost every Winamp skin that ever existed is found in the online museum. If you scroll to the very bottom of the Winamp Skin Museum, you’ll even find hentai-inspired skins. 

Below are some of the Winamp Skins that caught our attention.

Photo by Winamp Skin Museum, Jordan Eldredge.
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Mario Alvaro Limos
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