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  • Winamp Audio Launch from Alpha Five

    Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction on this one.

    I run a private radio station with an FM transmitter connected via audio out/headphones to the server that the Alpha Five WAS runs on. Anything I play on the server will be broadcast through the transmitter on a specific frequency.

    I have created a simple test grid to list MP3 files that allows the user to click on a button to open an MP3 file via the File Download Javascript Callback option. This opens the file and can then be played on my default MP3 player Winamp. This, of course, opens Winamp on the server and plays the file if the user is logged onto the server.

    If I access the same page from another LAN connected computer, the function works but, of course (again), it opens Winamp or whatever the default media player is on the user's pc and plays it locally.

    What I want to happen is:

    Click/select the MP3 file
    The file is queued in Winamp on the server and plays there and thereby gets passed through to the transmitter and can be listened to by any radio/receiver tuned into the correct frequency

    I have searched the forum to see if anyone has created a function that launches a program on the server in this sort of manner with no luck. I guess I would need some on click callback that opens Winamp and passes the MP3 file url to it and enqueues it accordingly.

    Thanks for any help on this.



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    Re: Winamp Audio Launch from Alpha Five

    I think the work queue is what you are looking for:

    Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand


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      Re: Winamp Audio Launch from Alpha Five

      Originally posted by Clipper87 View Post
      I think the work queue is what you are looking for:
      Thanks for the response Frank.

      Unfortunately, I would like the process to happen immediately so the work queue wouldn't help. I'd also still need to understand how to invoke Winamp and pass it the url for the MP3 file.

      I guess, this isn't just about Winamp but about using Alpha Five to launch another program and pass it a parameter. I've tried all sorts of key words but cannot find anything similar in the message board.