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03-17-08, 08:38 AM
I often find that I need to listen to music to cut out distractions like conversations in the office (see post elsewhere on open plan offices!). I want to play CDs and .MP3 files. I have tried using : <O:p</O:p
Windows Media Player to play CD and .MP3 but I find the interface far to complex. I don’t like the way it flashes up to tell yu you are on a new track. Maybe you can switch it off but there are so many options to wade through…..<O:p</O:p
I have also tried iPlayer. This is an improvement, but when you start it up you still have to click your way to find the CD.<O:p</O:pCan anyone suggest a simple program that can do one thing (play CDs etc) well and not get confused by visualisation / media libraries. I am hoping that people here will emphathise with my dislike of complex GUIs.<O:p</O:p
Alternatively, can anyone recommend a make of echo cancelling headphones. I tried some cheap ones but they didn’t seem to make any difference.
<O:p</O:pI feel I am monopolising this forum – please someone else start a thread :)

03-19-08, 09:38 PM
Go ahead and grab yourself a copy of mplayer (, alternatively some of the cygwin tools support playing CDs. (I'll dig up what cygwin supports.) These are all text based tools - which means you'll need to run them from a command prompt under Windows.

If you were running Linux... I would have suggested to use MPD ( I now use this exclusively as mp3/ogg/flac players on all my laptops, as there are now many clients available - lot's of choice. I can even control it from my mobile.