The Netbook/Network MP3 player is designed to stream MP3s to a
netbook (or other computer) and play them through an audio system. The
normal mode is to connect a stereo to the netbook headphone output jack and
stream music content from a server (or other computer on the network).
This application is currently at a beta level of development, so should be
considered somewhat experimental. It has been tested extensively and has
destroyed nothing, but there could be some lingering bugs.
This is a minimal player, completely devoid of features. Since it has
been optimized to do only one thing, it is incredibly small. There is no
Windoze install required and nothing is ever written to the registry.
One small support file is required, but it is simple and plain text.
Invocation and options:
Invocation is by any of the normal means of starting up a Windoze
Note that the left button changes to
and alters its function accordingly, depending on context.
While its window has focus, the following keys control the player:
Clicking on the volume display adjusts the volume to the point clicked.
There are no options.
One initialization file is required: mpn.ini. It is a simple text file, which may be
created with any text editor or pasted from the example below and edited.
This file can reside in any directory in the path. The preferred location is
the same directory as the executable.
The first item [Played] tells the player
what file it should use to save play history and where that file should be
created. In this example, the file is on the server, so it can be shared, but
it could be on the netbook or anywhere else on the network.
The second item [Path] tells the player
which directories it should fetch and play MP3 files from. Once again, the
example shows three directories on the server. They could be on the local
computer, elsewhere on the network or some combination. Songs will be played
randomly from these directories forever (or until they have all been played,
whichever occurs first).
Designed for 1024 x 600 netbook display
Color schemes, randomly selected at invocation, created by the wife (Please blame her)
Defaults for missing or unitelligible mpn.ini are wrong for your network
Files may be added to and deleted from play directories at will without affecting player
NO PLAY LISTS! Please don't ask for playlist support.
Parsing files at startup on a slow server or network can take a long time
All testing done with Linux/Samba server. Windoze server = ???
Tested with Windoze 98, XP and 7. Other versions = ???
All graphics done with GDI because this began as an embedded project
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