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MIDI Studio Consortium: Help
Windows® Media Player 9 and MIDI
Windows® 98/ME/SE/NT/2000/XP
Part 1 of 3 - Introduction
Author: Les Gorven
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Revised: January 10, 2009
Whether you are a web page author, or just visiting MIDI sites, the first thing you need is a Player to handle MIDI when you click on a link to a song.

Internet Explorer users already have a version of Media Player that will play all types in the "Media" bar.

Netscape, Firefox and Mozilla users must rely on Plugins in order to play MIDI and other media types.

A typical link would be the song's title: Gone With The Wind. Try it! If you use Netscape, this page should NOT be covered up by a blank page with a player on it.

The other method used for MIDI (and other audio types) is to have source code on the web page that will automatically play music when the page is viewed. Referred to as embedding. Some visitors will hear it, some will not. More on this further down.

Netscape users CLICK to skip next section:.

If you are using Internet Explorer or AOL you of course have the Media bar to play the song in. With the Media bar open, the space available for the page you are viewing is reduced, and in some cases you will not see the entire page.   An example would be our own MIDI section with frames. The following link will take you there. Click a song title and you will see our page is reduced so you can not see all the information. You could close the Media bar, but as soon as you click another song it will open again.

Tip: When previewing several songs from a list....

The Player in the Media bar (shown above) has a tiny arrow in the top right corner.. Click this to "undock player". A larger version will appear and you can drag it to the top of your screen where it will remain.  Close the media bar. Click on all the songs you like and the player will remain at the top of your browser until you close it.
If you have a web page or create web pages you should continue on and read about the new "MIDI STUDIO MAX" Automatic Code Generator. There are lots of examples that utilize Windows Media Player for embedding MIDI and other media on a page. 
Internet Explorer & AOL uses go directly there.
Netscape users require a Plugin for MIDI files and other audio types.
For several years they relied on the LiveUpdate "Crescendo" player.
In late 2003, the Liveupdate web site ceased to exist, leaving many questioning what to do.  Windows® Media Player 9 is your answer!!  This works as a stand-alone application, or it can be a plugin. If you don't already have it installed, click on the link below.  Be sure and select the correct version for your Operating system. 
GetWindows Media Player
The only option being offered by the Netscape Plugins page is the Apple "QuickTime" application. The main drawback for Netscape users is that "QuickTime" will take over and dominate the Plugins folder.  If you previously used "Crescendo", the minute you installed "QuickTime" Crescendo would no longer work.
Even if you delete the "QuckTime" entries in Plugins, they will be re-installed automatically as long as you have the QuickTime application on your system!!  This will also block Windows Media Player from being used as your default on-line MIDI player..Only way to get rid of it is to Uninstall. If you do not uninstall QuickTime the following page on setting up Windows Media Player will not apply. You can, however, go directly to our Automatic Code Generator page.

If want to know how to set up the Media Player 9 for playing MIDI files, you can go directly to SETUP. Authors should read the balance of this page.

Many web page authors are not aware that the Windows Media Player 9 can be embedded on a web page.  The coding IS different than that used for Crescendo. We have spent many hours investigating different versions of WMP 9 to develop a code that will work with both IE and Netscape.  Suffice it to say that every web page author should ensure that his pages will display and work the same in as many browsers as possible. The new "MIDI STUDIO MAX" Automatic Code Generator will do this for you.


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