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How to Make Winamp Look like iTunes

Winamp is a terrific, customizable media player that keeps getting better with each new release. If you are tired of the default skins included with it, then join us as we show you how to make Winamp look like iTunes.

Note: You will need to have the full (standard) version of Winamp installed on your system. During our tests the skin would not display properly using the lite version.

Getting Started

You can see the default Bento Skin for Winamp on our test system. While not bad it may not be the theme that you want to use on your system either. Time for a new look…


The skin (.wal file) comes in a zip file so you will need to extract it after downloading it. Once unzipped, simply double click on the file to start the install process. To insure a smooth installation we had Winamp closed while adding the new skin.


You will need to confirm the installation, so click Yes to finish adding the new skin to Winamp.


Applying the Skin

Once you restart Winamp go to Options, then Skins, and select AmpTunes II Develop.


Winamp will disappear for a moment while the new skin is being applied. As you can see here things looked quite different afterwards. The first thing that we did was close the Playlist Editor.


Then after making some small changes to the display here is how our Winamp Player turned out. Very nice.

Note: During out tests the Options Button in the lower right corner worked sporadically, so your mileage may vary.


Going back to the first post install screenshot above (second photo up), you can make your Winamp Player look exactly like the picture shown at the skin’s homepage if desired. Close the Playlist Editor, select Local Media (left menu area), and click on Hide Info (lower right corner).


Changing Back to a Different Skin

Whenever you get tired of the skin or just want a temporary change right click on the top area of the window, go to Skins, and select the new skin that you want to use.


For our test we chose to switch over to the Big Bento Skin (which we found preferable to the regular Bento Skin due to control button size, etc.). Have fun with the new iTunes look for your Winamp Player!


Download Winamp from Ninite

Download the Winamp AmpTunes Skin

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/23/10

Comments (11)

  1. Joost

    Why would like to make the wonderfull WinAmp look like the stupid iTunes?

  2. bemymonkey

    At least they’re not actually USING iTunes… something I don’t understand.

  3. Naruto

    I don’t use WinAmp. I prefer Foobar.

  4. Leo

    Looks great. But the lack of the playlist editor makes me stick with Bento.

  5. MOE

    I retired Winamp a long time ago ever since I discovered MediaMonkey–by far the most comprehensive music management program.

  6. Peter

    cheers for the how-to, but as is mentioned above, why on earth would you want to have it look like Itunes? The whole point of using Winamp is because Itunes is a piece of bloated crap :)

  7. Densoy

    I like winamp aimp and media monkey

  8. ian

    better to use classic pro skin for winamp and using Relax theme.

  9. alestef

    so..that´s one way….but is there any way to make iTunes look like winamp? i´m satisfied with my macbook but i miss winamp…..and there are a lot more and better skins than the bento one..btw…:o)

  10. aca

    I am a winamp user over 10 years…

    I used itunes only because my mac had it… in other way is useless

    the skin looks nice but is missing functionality, and itunes has a nice screen saver, but I am too used to winamp and all the “adds”
    -skins “hals” is the best
    -DFX sound

    in fact, having options make you feel comfortable and itunes doesn’t have… it makes you feel a “poor” mac wannabe

  11. philo

    Im building a music website. Is there a way to make the query run in the back-ground and just have the cover flow viewable to the customer that way every time i upload a song into the query it populates the cover flow on the website?

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