Skanky ways to play MP3 on Windows XP

Michael Kann mikekann at
Thu Sep 13 16:17:16 EDT 2012

Greetings Ben,

I'm using Vista to play an mp3 file in the same folder as my stack. On our other computer we used to have XP, but now have Windows 7. I didn't remember having any problem play mp3's from XP, but don't think I have a stack for that scenario. If you want the Vista script I can send it along.


--- On Thu, 9/13/12, Ben Rubinstein <benr_mc at> wrote:

From: Ben Rubinstein <benr_mc at>
Subject: Skanky ways to play MP3 on Windows XP
To: "How to use LiveCode" <use-livecode at>
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 2:41 PM

I'm having trouble using the player object on Windows XP to play audio.  MP3 files play in the Windows Media Player; WAV files play in LiveCode if I import them as audioclips.  (MP3 files of course have never worked as imported audioclips.).  But using the player object, on either WAV or MP3 files, fails. (I have set dontUseQT to true.)  I'm pursuing this with RunRev support, but I'm running out of time.

Are there any skanky ways, using shell commands or similar, to play MP3 files on Windows?

Alternative question: are there any compressed formats that work with audioclips?  I don't mind that the audioclip is uncompressed, because I can import them on the fly, play the audioclip, then delete it; but I am likely to run out of disk space (it's all on compact flash) if I have to have all the audio as uncompressed WAV.



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