digitalpoint music reporterSince the last year I have been pretty interested in Internet marketing and one day my friend Ruslan Abuzant suggested to register at one of the biggest Internet marketing forums - the digital point forums.

Later the same day he said that there was this special cool feature that displayed the current music (current track) you were listening to. He said that WinAmp was not supported and it would be a pretty interesting thing to write for DPF. So I got the Winamp SDK, played with examples a little and after a few days had the plugin running. At first I thought I'd sell a copy for $5 each but now I decided to give it away for free and even opensource it under GNU GPL license.

Here is how the current track being listened to is displayed on DPF:

Ruslan Abuzant is currently listening to DJ Aulday - Battery Pack
Notice the "Listening to:" label.

How To Install The Plugin?

First download the plugin: dpf forums winamp music reporter (.dll). It's a DLL file and it's called "gen_digitalpoint.dll". ("Gen" stands for "general purpose plugin.")

Next, put the plugin in C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins directory.

Next, restart Winamp and navigate to general purpose plugin preferences. Take these steps to get to the preferences:

  • 1. Right click on Winamp.
  • 2. Select Options -> Preferences.
  • 3. Find Plug-ins section.
  • 4. Click on General Purpose label.

See this screenshot if you're getting lost, it's after step 2:

Winamp preferences for dpf music reporter plugin

You will see all the installed general purpose plugins. Notice our new plugin "Winamp DPF Music Reporter v1.0". Now double click it! The configuration dialog will apear:

DPF Winamp plugin configuration

Enter your DPF username and the special authentication hash that can be found in your "Edit Profile" link on DPF.

You can also specify the format of how the track will be displayed. The default format is "%A - %T" which stands for "Artist - Track".

Here is how the About screen looks like:

About digitalpoint music reporter Winamp plugin

If you wish to compile the plugin from source, get the whole source tree as a zip file here:

See the compile.txt file in the source tree for all the details on how to compile it!

Download "DPF Winamp Music Reporter":

Download: gen_digitalpoint.dll (just the plugin)
Downloaded: 2118 times.
Download url: http://www.catonmat.net/download/gen_digitalpoint.dll

Download: winamp-plugin-digitalpoint-music-reporter.zip (whole source tree)
Downloaded: 457 times.
Download url: http://www.catonmat.net/download/winamp-plugin-digitalpoint-music-reporter.zip

Have the best time on DPF, and don't forget to give me some good reputation! ;)

Comments

October 20, 2007, 03:08

Hey dude,
Congratulations on putting this and other cool stuff online finally. I know how hard was it with the university those days, so well done on finally releasing it.

A cool design by the way, *GOTMAIL.WAV :D
Good luck..

October 20, 2007, 03:18

Ruslan, thanks, my friend. YOU-GOT-MAIL-TOO.WAV :)

October 22, 2007, 16:29

Looks really good, where's the download link? (Or am I just completely missing it? :) )

October 22, 2007, 19:47

I have actually not yet published it. It's compiled and works but not yet put on the site. I coded it more than a year ago and have forgotten some stuff, so I need to find time to refresh my memory and finish the whole article.

April 18, 2008, 20:46

Hey. Are you still working on this. If not I would like to toy with your code if you dont mind. Please email me a sample.

-w

April 18, 2008, 21:13

Hey dubayou! It's completely finished and working :)

I just haven't had time to zip up the sources and put it online.

I think I will be able to do it only after I graduate, that is after June 26th.

January 28, 2009, 20:42

haha that's my mix!

cool plugin mate.

Tom (aulday)

digitech Permalink
July 31, 2009, 10:23

Hi,
Have you finished coding the plugin yet?
May I get a sample at my email please?

November 16, 2009, 08:29

is this plugin completed :) ?

digitech Permalink
December 08, 2009, 04:32

Many Thanks man..
And, really a nice piece of plugin. Working 100%.

February 28, 2010, 18:21

Just started learning plug-in development with Winamp and got a link to this site. I have just download the source code and will be poking around this weekend.

Thanks for putting the code out.

JanneN Permalink
October 28, 2011, 11:13

Ya said it could be modified to be used with Facebook. Since I have no clue how to do this stuff, can't ya make a plugin that works with Facebook ? That had been real sweet. :o)

Soma Permalink
November 08, 2011, 23:49

I ask the same as JanneN, want to use this for Facebook.

November 11, 2011, 12:59

JanneN and Soma - thanks for idea, I'll see if I can do it.

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