Still stuck on playing a sound with a player

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Wed Dec 18 13:27:51 EST 2013

Thanks Brian for your sample. I am encouraged that such a simple script works for you - I too am aiming at the simplest possible script.

Thanks to you and others I am almost there, but I want to bundle my sounds with my app in the Mac plist, so I need a different way to find the path to them: that bit seems to be working in the IDE, and it works in the standalone in that I don't get an error (my script looks to see if the file is actually found), but so far no sound actually plays.

Also I can't stop my player before I start like you, since I have a 'playStopped' handler for doing the next thing in my app when playing has finished (in my app, the playing isn't background music but takes centre stage while it's playing, and I need to wait for it to stop and then do something else). I don't think this matters since my sound is of a definite duration and doesn't loop, so it only needs to stop naturally as it were.

Finally I don't understand what setting the currentTime does in your script. When I play the sound in the IDE without setting the currentTime, it always plays, but not (so far) in the standalone. I have no idea why.

Got further, but still tinkering.

Thanks again.


On 18 Dec 2013, at 01:15, spencerlearning wrote:

> Graham Samuel-4 wrote
>> It seems I lack instructions for playing MP3s from beginning to end on a
>> Mac: before I started this, I thought it would be extremely simple and
>> indeed idiot-proof. I guess I was wrong, or I am even more mentally
>> challenged that I normally allow for.
>> Is anyone using MP3 sounds in a desktop app, and if so, what is the
>> idiot-proof method?
> Here is the code I use for simple playing of an mp3 file:
>   put "/Users/Brian/Desktop/mp3file.mp3" into tSoundFile
>   stop player "player"  
>   set the fileName of player "player" to tSoundFile
>   set the currentTime of player "player" to 0
>   start player "player" of this card
> Hope it helps.
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