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Create reminders using mp3 or wav files without opening a media player app


Is there a way to play a brief MP3 or WAV file without opening Windows Media Player (wmp) or another media player?

I've got a subtle computer sound in an mp3 file and a wav file. I want to be able to play the sound as a reminder at pre-scheduled times. Some time ago, I found an app called Karen's Countdown Timer II which makes it easy to schedule various events at pre-determined times. The app offers the option to display an alert window, play/open/run a file, or send an email message. It works great if the desired event is to display a custom alert window. However, if it is directed to play a sound file, it always opens wmp to play it.

I'm looking for a way to play a sound similar to the many other built-in computer sounds I hear from time to time which do not require the opening of wmp.

Alternatively, does anyone know of a different app which enables the creating of audio reminders?

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you can use the direct-x DirectSound api or .net framework
private void playSimpleSound()
    SoundPlayer simpleSound = new SoundPlayer(@"c:\Windows\Media\chimes.wav");

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As for batch, use nircmd.
It knows the switch mediaplay
nircmd.exe mediaplay 1000 c:\Windows\Media\chimes.wav
William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
I found this little app that converts audio/video files into self playing executables. Not sure how reliable it would be given the variety of codecs out there. May be worth a shot, at least.

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