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Music players on PC

Postby stratobuddy » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:13 pm

I use Windows XP. I haven't been able to set up any of the music players I've tried (WMP, RealPlayer, Winamp, etc etc) to play more than one track at a time, unless I set up playlists (which I do NOT want to do).

None of them will just play through a folder of MP3 music, like any MP3 player does as standard.

I would also like to play tracks at random.

Does anyone know of a suitable player, or how to set up any of the above to play continuously?

It just amazes me that the simplest of requirements seems impossible to do.
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Re: Music players on PC

Postby cathy » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:35 pm

I never had any problems when I had XP - wish I still had it :( ... xxx
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Re: Music players on PC

Postby silvers » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:06 am

I still have XP on my PC... :)

I use Windows Media Player as my default.

Firstly, in WMP 'click' Play on top line.
Then 'click' on shuffle.

I don't load my tunes into WMP.

I just go ino 'My Music' on my PC.
Open up an album or one of my own compilations and click on play all.

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Re: Music players on PC

Postby stratobuddy » Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:50 am

Thanks for your suggestions, but I am still puzzled, perhaps I have a different version of WMP. It does not have the usual menu options at the top, and I can find no options for setting shuffle etc. Whatever I do, it will only play one song :( There is not even and "about" box to tell me what version I'm using. I'm totally confused with it.
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Re: Music players on PC

Postby silvers » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:22 pm

My version for XP is I think Windows Media Player 11

Maybe download it again? It will be free.

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Re: Music players on PC

Postby Deanh2 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:29 pm

open a folder with music in and you will see on the left pane 'play all' in WMP. Thats the easy way.

The menu is hidden from WMP 9 onwards, click somewhere on the outer edge of the player and right click to get the menu, then view>full mode.
This will bring back your top menu with all the options. Shuffle and random are then down at the bottom.
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Re: Music players on PC

Postby stratobuddy » Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:43 am

Thanks for the advice Dean.

I wonder what bright spark at Microsoft decided that it would be a good idea to hide the menus?

Sometimes these whizkids are too bright for their own good and cause problems from mere mortals who are not clairvoyant.

I also found something else I was doing wrong to get continuous play. I have a music folder with about 4000 songs in it. I was opening this folder and then clicking on a song, but it would only play that one, whereas I wanted it to carry on playing from there.

Following your suggestion, I now click on the folder instead, and can play all the songs, either sequentially or at random.

However, I still can't do what I really want eg start playing from a selected song such as the first Billy song and then play all the rest of them in sequence. I don't want to mess about with the structure of subfolders, as these have been painstakingly arranged to suit the way my 8GB MP3 player needs its music organised.
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