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iPod dA by Rallyz iPod dA by Rallyz
iPod dA (deviantART) Windows Media Player Skin
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Copyright 2006 Tim Hines. All rights reserved.

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OPERATION:

Click wheel:
Menu: Shows/hides playlist.
|<< : Previous song/item.
>>| : Next song/item.
>|| : Play/pause toggle.
Centre of click wheel: Cycles through different screens - information pane, visualisation screen, information overlaid on visualisation, large cover art, large cover art overlaid on visualisation (not all screens available when playing video).

"Hidden" buttons (will show icons when hovering over them):
Up and down arrows to right of screen: Cycle through different background colours/designs.
Lower left of device: Closes Media Player.
Lower right of device: Returns to full mode of Media Player.
Upper left of device: Changes device (different set of backgrounds).
Upper right of device: Minimises player.

Screen hotspots:
Play/pause icon at top left: Play/pause toggle.
"Now Playing" title bar and much of the information pane: Toggles between volume and progress bars (click and drag on volume/progress bar to alter volume/progress).
Battery icon at top right: Toggles rating option (click on dots/stars to set a rating, click to left of first dot/star to clear it back to unrated).
Visualisation pane: Single click to go to next visualisation, double click to go to previous one.

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DESIGN:

This is a basic multi-device version, with iPod Video, Nano and Shuffle devices (use the "hidden" button at the top-left to change device). In addition to the deviantART styled backgrounds, there are classic black and white (including a black Shuffle), along with my impression of U2 style iPods in all three versions.

Credit (again!) to Juan Hernandez (juanchis) for his iPod Media Player skins. They inspired me to try skinning myself and I needed an excuse to learn a bit of XML and JScript! Thanks Juan :-)

See also my iPod Clear skin.

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TOOLS:

I use Xara Xtreme (www.xara.com), to build up the graphics for the skins, which are defined as vector images with named colours so that I can create different colourways quickly.

I use TextPad (www.textpad.com) for creating the XML and JScript files.

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Enjoy!
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:icondahlollipop:
dahlollipop Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Great Skin.. but do you think you could make another version with the text scrolling kind of thing? so the names don't remain cut off. :)
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's odd, it scrolls okay here for long titles/artists etc. There's a pause of about five or six seconds before it does so.
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:iconkakabiksees:
kakabiksees Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
nice pic. ;)




and now i will ask for help :)

this is serious, i ask you to help me win "iPod nano", just visit the link below and you will help me.. thank you :)

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:iconlucasta-2007:
lucasta-2007 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009   Photographer
this is awesome. any chance of you making these for winamp?
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I did have a brief look at writing for Winamp, but there isn't much common ground between it and WMP. I could reuse the graphics, but I don't have time anymore.

Thanks anyway for the comment :)
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:iconont:
ont Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Hope you make the new version and add iPod Touch.
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Ont. I'd like to, but don't have the time anymore to do it.
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:iconben-anderson:
Ben-Anderson Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning skin! Simple to use, easy on the eyes and clean! The ability for the title and album cover to overlay the visulisations is brilliant. It even works flawlessly with WMP11
Well done. :D
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks, Ben :)
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:iconuniverseeyes:
UniverseEyes Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
cool ...!
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:iconkitsune-tearz:
Kitsune-Tearz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
how does this work? I keep seeing this stuff and it makes no sense to me......
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:iconjanpan:
janpan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
thanks for this great skins ! Really well done
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
I kind of like it, but the presentation is awful. :no:
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi couleur,

Thanks for the feedback :)

In what way? Do you mean the "hidden" buttons, or the lack of full iPod style menus?

It's a while since I did this, and I'm thinking about doing an update, so any ideas are appreciated.
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
No, everything looks fine. But just the layout of the presentation. It should look more like an apple store, not selfmade, get what I mean?

Presentation, no the product.
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough, it was just a quickie - I'd spent quite enough time on the "product" and might never have put it up at all :)

But it's a good comment, I'll try to consider the whole package when doing the next one.

Thanks.
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Ah, then i'll hope to see a better presentation next time. I'll be watching you.
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:iconheystea:
Heystea Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007   Writer
:love:
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:iconlanr:
lanr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
hey! this looks awesome!!! too bad that i rarely use WMP... i prefer winamp...
awesome skin though ^^
glad u included iPod Shuffle :aww:
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:iconciptawan:
ciptawan Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
It's make me impressed :)
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:iconpunky-the-king:
punky-the-king Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
oh man a devart ipod would rock
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:iconanthony72:
anthony72 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
one of the best wmp skins i ever had
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:iconjaybone13:
Jaybone13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007
I like i!!!! The skin is great.
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:iconcuckooman4:
cuckooman4 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
Excellent.

I was using your other one, but that one was too big, so then I tried this one out. It's awesome!

I like how there are three types of iPods and different colors too!

Simple interface...

Cool-looking...

It can do visualisations and album art, haven't tried video... but it's awesome. =)

10/10
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks cuckooman4. Good point about the size, the graphics in iPod Clear bump it up a lot. My working copy version on my own PC which has all the graphics for all permutations runs at nearly 4.5Mb! I was contemplating doing an all-you-can-eat version whenever I get round to doing another release, but it might be better to do smaller more focussed versions. Thanks :)
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:iconcuckooman4:
cuckooman4 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
Oh, by size I meant the dimensions, not the file size.
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I see. The iPod Viseo is the same size in both, but the Nano and Shuffle are smaller.
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:iconcmkumar2k:
cmkumar2k Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
good work dude.. i like it..
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:iconjustinworld21:
justinworld21 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
Interchangable iPod skin? Now's that's what I call an iPod! Best one ever. :+favlove:Really, just this one beats all of juanchris. He doesn't even support visualizations for the skins!
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:iconxitherun:
Xitherun Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Woo hoo! Free iPod! :D Great skin.
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconxitherun:
Xitherun Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
These brought me and my friends lots of amusement. (: Now I have an 80GB Shuffle (:
[link]
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:iconwhisperedenchantment:
whisperedenchantment Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
I love it, but where do I unzip the files to?
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:iconwhisperedenchantment:
whisperedenchantment Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
Also, it seems not to work with WMP 11 or WMP 10. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong...
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:iconwhisperedenchantment:
whisperedenchantment Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
Okay, I got it to work, thanks to Bichur on the Forums!

Awesome skin!
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you got it working okay :)
Thanks for the comments.
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I see Apple have come out with a new U2 Video iPod - as previewed here ;)
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:iconthe-sound-of-silence:
the-sound-of-silence Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
I tried ~juanchis' skin. :O DAMN IT SUCKS!! I love yours! thank you very much, I got tired of the tired skin of the tired windows media player. and I'm tired :|. but thank you again
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:iconb0mb3r-man:
b0mb3r-mAn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2006
ahh, this one is better than the othe skin. <3 it.
+fav
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:iconmrivola:
Mrivola Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006
How can I do CD covers on this?
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
If you've got Media Player setup to show album covers, then this skin will show them. When you rip a CD in Media Player it should pick up the album art from the web (you can use the Find Album Info to force it if necessary.
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:iconsse:
sse Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006
This is truly on of the best WMP skin ever; it is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!
It would be perfect though, if volume could be changed like in the real iPod; but hey! what the heck!
Thanks mate for the great job and for sharing it!!!!! Awesome!!! :jawdrop:
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks sse :)

I did have a look at making the click wheel work properly, but I've not got so much time recently, so felt I should get these skins out as they are. I might retrofit the clickwheel later as an update - the trouble is that I'd then be tempted to implement the menus too, and that's probably a geektrip too far ... ;)
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:icondyland:
DylanD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
wicked skin man, this should be a dd
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Dylan :)

There are now also a Skinz.org branded one at [link]
and a Winmodify.net one at [link]
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:iconshellcandy:
ShellCandy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
this is an awesome skin! thankyou! i do regret however, that i have the same trouble that ~purplelicious did... how do you change the color? :confused:
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:iconrallyz:
Rallyz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi ShellCandy,

To the right of the screen (or the right of the click ring on the Shuffle), you'll find a couple of "hidden" arrows (up and down). Just click on those to change the colour of the current device. It keeps an independent track of the last used colourway on each device.

Thanks for your comments :)
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:iconshellcandy:
ShellCandy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
thankyou. (after changing color) omg these are awesome! great job :-)
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:iconjuanchis:
juanchis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
Wow, they look great, I was thinking of something like that interchangeble thing with my next iPod skin, iPod Touchscreen. I start working on it late last month and i had some verry neat ideas for it. I hope to have it ready soon, I'll send it to you as soon as I'm done.
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:iconpurplelicious:
purplelicious Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
sweeeeeeet, new versions of the ipod ckin! i love it. (the origional was a little flawed).
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