MP3 without QuickTime on Windows

Ben Rubinstein benr_mc at
Tue Feb 8 10:48:38 EST 2005

Hi Klaus,

Thanks for your help already.  I'm making progress, but I'm not quite where
I wanted to be yet.

As noted in my previous post, I'm trying to play MP3s on a minimal
installation of Windows XP Embedded.  I don't have direct control over the
XPe build (and wouldn't know what I was doing if I did) - I try something,
make a fresh request, get a new solid state disk for the unit, try again.
Quite longwinded, and there's a tight timetable on this project.

As noted before, I removed QuickTime from a normal PC running XP, and played
MP3 files, using a 'quicktime player', without problems (and without a
controller, which is fine).    I wasn't previously able to install either
Media Player or QuickTime on the XPe unit.

I've now got a new disk for the XPe unit, with MediaPlayer.  I can play an
MP3 file directly by double-clicking, it opens MediaPlayer, plays it fine no
problems.  However, from Rev I still get 'could not open video player' when
I set the filename of the player to the MP3 file.

I am also now able to install QuickTime (version 4!) on the XPe unit; and
can then play the MP3 from Rev fine, complete with controller.  But when I
uninstall QuickTime, I'm back to square one.

I then tried getting Media Player 9 for XP from the MS website, and
installing that.  Installation apparently proceeded without a problem, and
Media Player can play the content without problems - but the symptoms when
playing from Rev are the same.

Evidently all installations of Media Player are not equal.  Can you (or
anyone) clue me in to what I need (and preferably how to express this to the
people building the disk image)?

If we have to, we might be able to get away with QuickTIme - but it will
cause other difficulties, so if we can avoid it just to play MP3 files that
would be an advantage.

Thank you,
  Ben Rubinstein               |  Email: benr_mc at
  Cognitive Applications Ltd   |  Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600        |  Fax  : +44 (0)1273-728866

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