WE HAVE ONE SIMPLE REQUEST…. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LLAMA.
To help you avoid this llama, we’ll tell you it’s in the upper right corner of any Internet Archive item that has a music player in it. This means the Grateful Dead recordings, radio airchecks, network record labels like monotonik, and all manner of podcasts now have the capability to be turned into a Winamp-like player that becomes your new default.
(If, by mistake, you click on the Llama, clicking on it again will turn off the Webamp player and restore the default player.)
This all got started because of the skins.
As part of our celebration of all things Internet, the Archive now has a large collection of Winamp Skins, which were artistic re-imaginings of the Winamp interface, that allowed all sorts of neat creative works on what could have been a basic media player. These “skins” were contributed to over the years (and new ones are still created!) and now number in the thousands. In the collection you’ll see examples of superheroes, video games, surreal images and a pretty wide array of pop stars and celebrities.
We have added over 5,000 skins (with many more coming), and then someone had the bright idea to make the Webamp player work within the Internet Archive to show off these skins, and here we are.
Thanks to Jordan Eldredge and the Webamp programming community for this new and strange periscope into the 1990s internet past.