“Your search – “Skinned apps that don’t look like crap” – did not match any documents.”

If anyone you know works on software media players of any kind whatsoever, I’m hoping you can pass on a message for me. Please ask them to stop making UIs that look like Jackson Pollock took a shit on my screen at the tail end of an ecstasy binge.

That’d be great, thanks.

UPDATE: Wanna see what a crazy-good UI looks like, one you know how to use the moment you look at it? Google Maps. Wow.


  1. Posted February 8, 2005 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I use zinf over X to control my jookbox, but that will likely get replaced with something better soon since its playlist management system is the product of a bad acid trip.

  2. Melanie
    Posted February 8, 2005 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Google continues to kick serious butt. They’re working on a thing called “google scholar” now, too, that’s really going to be awesome.

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted February 8, 2005 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    If Google Scholar does what it’s expected to do (i.e. blow CiteSeer out of the water) it will, yes indeed, rock.

  4. Posted February 8, 2005 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I was going to send you an email about Google Maps, but lo and behold, you’re there already. I wish they’d use some sort of modifier to enable zoom on drag (ie: click+drag, shift+drag, whatever)

  5. Mike Bruce
    Posted February 8, 2005 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    People still make skinned media players? I had no idea.

  6. Posted February 9, 2005 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone make a non-skinned one? (iTunes on Windows doesn’t count, because it uses a weird Aqua skin.)

    SlimServer is great and un-skin-looking in its default configuration, but since it’s Web-based, it’s fundamentally styled.

  7. Mike Bruce
    Posted February 10, 2005 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    None of the gnome media players (totem, rhythmbox, muine, etc, etc) are skinned.

    For windows, there’s foobar2000 for music stuff. VLC (also for other systems) (although, sadly, its interface is still horrible). Windows mplayer2.

    I never regularly deal with skinned players anymore.