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Make VLC Player Look like Winamp 5 (Kinda)

The VLC Media Player is an open source, cross-platform media client that supports the vast majority of media formats. One of the great features is that it supports skins that work across different platforms. This article will cover installing on both linux and windows.

You will first need to download the skin named Winamp5 from the skins page. This skin looks a lot like Winamp 5. It’s not exact, but it’s a pretty good skin. Unfortunately, it only has the minimized mode as you can see here:

To install on Ubuntu Linux:

Hit Alt+F2 to bring up the run dialog, and type in this:

vlc -I skins2

This will bring up the player in the right mode to let you install new skins. Right click on the title bar area and choose Select Skin \ Open Skin, and choose the skin file that you have downloaded.

That’s pretty much all there is to it.

To install on Windows:

Select the “VLC media player (skins)? option from the Start menu program group. This will start VLC in the right mode to select skins.

Right click on the title bar area, and choose Select skin \ Open skin and choose the skin file that you have downloaded.

Easy stuff. Now you have a great looking media player.

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  • Published 12/13/06

Comments (1)

  1. Hammad

    nice article m8….im kinda new to Ubuntu so that helped alot :)

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