Lovely software

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For some reason I find MiniMP3 to be a very charming piece of software. It's an invisible MP3 player. It resides in the system tray, that's all user interface it has. It can load and save playlist and play MP3 files. It doesn't even show you the title of the current track! What beautiful minimalism! The program is just a single exe file, only 45 kilobytes.

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It looks good, but do check out these two programs before you stick with MiniMP3.

1by1 (http://www.rz.uni-frankfurt...) It's 43KB and has a superb directory-based interface. I cannot understand why other players do not support this. It also supports other formats like OGG files with plugins.

Foobar2000 ( This is a really advanced player, but has a minimalist interface. Loads of excellent features and supports all formats.

Both beat winamp hands down. :o)

Posted by: Iain at January 3, 2004 5:28 PM

As the author of MiniMP3 it is always nice to receive praise for something that was made on a whim. It sounds like you, like me, hate the over abundance of buttons, switches and other clutter that seems to proliferate software nowadays.


I am going to look at the two links you provided and see if I there is anything I can "pinch" (after all innovation is better when done by someone else :D) for the next incarnation of MiniMP3 - which I plan to start developing in the very near future.

Once again thanks for the spotlight

Martin Wallace

Creator of MiniMP3 - probably the worlds smallest MP3 player.

Posted by: Martin Wallace at January 4, 2004 2:41 PM

Thanks a lot!

I was a faithful user of MiniMP3, being attracted to the minimalist screenspace (only a systray icon). The only real problem was having to create tracklists:

dir *.mp3 /b | sort >"00-album name.m3u"

Yes, I memorized it I typed it so much! I like the 1by1 interface of playing directories. But I probably wouldn't use it if I couldn't minimize it to get off of my screen. But it looks a LOT like MiniMP3's menus.

Oh, and the only reason that I started looking at something else was that MiniMP3 wasn't working with a new computer -- probably missing a .DLL (vbRUNxxx?).

Thanks Mikko! And, thanks Martin, for continuing to look at MiniMP3.

~Prosthetic Lips (Tom)

Posted by: Prosthetic_Lips at January 14, 2005 3:17 PM

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