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Extra Tools
by Thomas Radeke, 2011-01-28 17:18:00

General Use

Streaming & Encoding

Playlist Use & Features


General Use

Q: Where can I download XMPlay?

A: There are several locations where you can download XMPlay.

Q: How can I determine the exact version number of XMPlay?

A: There are two places for looking up the exact version number of XMPlay. The first one is the lower right corner of the "Options & Stuff" window, the second one is the file properties dialog of xmplay.exe - there you'll find the full version number on the "Version" tab. Alternatively, you can hover over xmplay.exe in Windows Explorer and see the version number in the tooltip.

Q: How do I minimize XMPlay to the system tray?

A: By right-clicking the Minimize button located in the top right corner of the Main Panel.
An option to have XMPlay permanently in the system tray is available under the Miscellaneous tab in Options.

Tip: The default Shortcut "Shift+N" also minimize's to the system tray.

Q: How can I keep XMPlay on top over other windows?

A: By default XMPlay is only on top while in its Mini-Mode, this can be accessed by double clicking the main interface.
An option to have XMPlay permanently on top is available under the Miscellaneous tab in Options.

Tip: The default Shortcut "M" switches between Full and Mini mode.

Q: Can XMPlay be used to edit the information tags in OGG/MP3 files?

A: Yes. First, install the appropriate Tag Editing Plugin. Then you can edit the tags via right-clicking the file in the playlist and chosing "Plugin file info".

Streaming & Encoding

Q: Can XMPlay be used to listen to music on the Internet?

A: Yes, in fact all MP3, OGG, WMA (only non-protected), and WAV may be streamed. You can also listen to SHOUTcast and icecast streams. Check out the following sites for more streamable music:

To stream a file, simply use open the URL, using the space provided in the open files browser.

Tip: The default Shortcut "O" opens the Open Files Browser.

Q: How can I use XMPlay to convert MP3 files to WAV (or other) files?

A: For a detailed walk through on conversion go here.

Playlist Use & Features

Q: How can I skip past a song to a new random track?

A: Right-clicking on the play button will go to a random track in the playlist.

Tip: The default Shortcut "End" will go to a random track in the playlist.

Q: How can I search for tracks like in Winamp? Pressing J doesn't do anything.

A: XMPlay has its own powerful search function, which can be accessed by using the search button on the Extended Playlist.

Tip: The default Shortcut "Ctrl+F" opens the search window.

Q: Why is the "Write to disk" context menu entry always grayed out?

A: The "Write to disk" option is only for saving streams (e.g. web radio) to your HD. Here is a tutorial on how to write files to WAV and for a tutorial on how to set up external encoders for MP3 or other formats, go here.

Q: Why are new files being added to the playlist when I double click on them, but don't start playing?

A: You have the Add tracks to list feature enabled. Go to the Playlist tab in the Options to turn it off.


Q: How can I make XMPlay have a larger equalizer?

A: By using an Winamp DSP Equalizer.

Q: How can I display what song I am currently playing in mIRC/MSN/my favorite Instant Messenger?

A: For mIRC, there are two plugins available here. Configuration instructions accompany the plugins. For MSN, get the XMPlay2MSN plugin. For other instant messengers, you can try HyperIM, which has support for a wide variety of instant messengers and other audio players, too.

Q: Where does XMPlay save my settings? Does it write to the Registry?

A: XMPlay can use two places for storing its settings: the XMPlay directory or the Windows User directory. You can set this option here: Options & Stuff dialog -> Miscellaneous -> "Store per user/config". (More info…)
XMPlay does not write to the registry, except for assigning file associations - which is neccessary because of the way Windows works.

Q: Is there any way to get XMPlay to start playing when launched (with a command line)?

A: Yes, please check the Command line switches for further information on how.

Q: Why doesn't *insert plugin here* Winamp plugin work? | Why isn't *insert format here* supported?

A: Maybe it is, make sure you search thoroughly for a winamp input plugin to support that format before requesting it on the Forum.
Only input plugins which do not use their own output are supported.
Only DSP plugins which do not change the speed of the sound output are supported.
Output, General, or Visual plugins of Winamp's are not supported.

Q: XMPlay reports an error when I start it but then works normally, why?

A: This is most often cause by a Sonique Visual not being installed/working correctly. Only way to work out which is causing the problem is to remove them all and put them back one at a time.

Tip: Rappa is a common cause for this error.

Q: After installing XMP-ZIP.DLL, XMPlay still does not recognize files packed with ZIP with extensions other than .zip.

A: Check the Verify new files option from under the Playlist options.

Q: Where can I upload a file that doesn't work properly with XMPlay? | I've found a bug, how can I report it?

A: You may upload files to here: ftp://ftp.un4seen.com/incoming. (Note: The permissions on that FTP are on Upload ONLY, no file listing allowed.)
If you upload a file it may also be wise to either e-mail a note, or post a message on the Forum describing the problem occuring and/or the file name.

Q: Where can I get older versions of XMPlay?

A: You can find a piece of XMPlay history at the XMPlay Archive.

Q: I wanted XMPlay to have a magic button to make a cup of coffee and mow the lawn. Why isn't there one?

A: Because not every feature on the planet can go into XMPlay, Ian's dead clever and isn't going to bloat XMPlay without a good reason.

If its for format support - Is the format necessary? If there is already a plugin supporting the format well, then its inclusion into the XMPlay .exe would be a waste.

If its a feature - Is it a feature anyone but me will use? If its a somewhat rare feature that few people use, then for most part it'll just sit there doing nothing. Think about the big picture and what other users might get from that feature too. And if you still think it should be included, think of ways it could be implemented with the least impact. Or even better, ways it could make XMPlay even more flexible.

Q: I have a question that isn't answered here. What do I do?

A: If this help site doesn't answer your questions, please post your problem on the forum.

You may also send it to XMPlay Support for inclusion into the XMPlay Support Site.