I built a Flash frontend with a VB backend. The ultimate skin, I suppose. Anyone could have whatever skin they wanted by creating a new Flash frontend, as long as all the actions and FSCommands were still there.
Here's another tip. Don't use Windows Media Player. I used it first, but soon discovered that WMP distorts the sound of MP3s. Use Winamp or the DOS version of MPG123.
In the screenshot, the little globe spins and the spectrum analyzer moves. Much neater looking than anything I could create using VB controls. I'm getting a faceplate professionally made today, so hopefully I'll get pictures of it in action tonight.