Even though the iPod app in iOS devices is pretty good in itself, you might get bored of it after a while. There are many alternative music players available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the App Store, but most of them come with the disadvantage of not integrating with the stock music library, so if you start using them, you have to give up using the iPod library. Skins is a new iOS music player that lets you play songs in your device’s collection, and that, too, in a beautifully themed environment. Not only that, Skins also fetches lyrics for each song, and displays them along with the album art.
After you have installed the app, it will guide you through its usage via a thoroughly laid out tutorial. The first thing you must do after getting a hang of things, is the importing of music from your device’s stock library. This can be done by going to the Lists menu, and then tapping the ‘+’ button. The imported music can be sorted into whole new playlists, or you can reorder clips within a certain playlist. Skins also supports random play, and handles calls between songs as well. You can configure the app to ask for permission before stopping play, or you can make changes in bulk via the Settings in the app as well. Lyrics for all songs are fetched from sources which can be defined in the Settings menu.
These are all the functionality features of Skins, but that’s not really what the app is all about, as you would have easily gotten all that in the stock iPod app. With Skins, you can change the look of the player incorporated within the app. There are two skins which are available for free, but if you want more, you will have to spend $1.99.
However, the app is free, and even without purchasing additional skins, works absolutely fine. You can download it from the link given below.
Update: The app is no longer free and costs $0.99, but that comes with the huge bonus of the removal of all in-app purchases, as buying the app unlocks everything. In addition to that, Skins now refers to playlists as Queues and you can create Queues by adding all the tracks in current view to a single list. Also, the app now offers even more highly polished skins.