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Topic # 27072 13-Oct-2008 12:38
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Hi all.  I know this post will be off-topic, sorry about that.

I just need advice about computer music playing software, and I figured that someone on Geekzone might know where I should look.  Basically, I want to run background music in my computer workshop, and I'm trying to find out the best and simplest way to autorun tracks from an attached USB drive.

Advice would be appreciated. :-)

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  Reply # 170840 13-Oct-2008 12:59
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I have been using Winamp for the last 5+ years .. Its been great

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  Reply # 170844 13-Oct-2008 13:43
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iTunes Party Shuffle feature is awesome. I am a big fan of iTunes, never had any major issues with it, (on Windows, and more recently my Macbook).

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  Reply # 170846 13-Oct-2008 14:02
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I second Winamp.

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  Reply # 170897 13-Oct-2008 17:14
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I have used a lot but I like Winamp the most as it plays soooo many formats, playlists are easily done and the Media Library is set up well.

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  Reply # 170898 13-Oct-2008 17:16
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Thanks for your comments, guys: I was leaning towards WinAmp.

But I can't figure out how to configure it to do what I want.

Ideally, I'd like to:
Turn on the computer
Turn on the USB drive (it's an old, powered version that causes probs when left on at boot)
Turn on WinAmp

...and then, magically, the music will begin to play.  Randomized, shuffled, continuously until shutdown.

Is this possible?

BTW: Thanks TonyHughes.  But I'd rather not get involved with anything Apple :-)

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  Reply # 170901 13-Oct-2008 17:24
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On the bottom left is a button called "Library". There go to Media Library Preferences and under "Local Media" select to watch the folder on the USB drive where the music is. Just play around with it, its really easy.

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  Reply # 172242 20-Oct-2008 13:30
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Thanks everyone who responded.

I fooled about with WinAmp for a few days but ended up confused and irritable (a not unusual condition these days) so I went to BSPlayer and was amazed to find how easy it was to set up.

My take on WinAmp is that it might be rewarding for folks who are prepared to devote a lot of time to studying it thoroughly, but it's far too complex for someone like me, who just wants to load a bunch of tracks, start 'em playing in the background, then forget it.

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