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Play Sound is a simple, no-fuss sound player that supports QuickTime sound files (for example, AIFF or MP3 files), Classic Mac OS System 7 sound files (files with a file type of 'sfil' that contain 'snd ' resources), or any 'snd ' resources embedded into any file. You can play an unlimited number of sounds concurrently or one at a time. You can loop sounds, repeat sounds, play specified portions of sounds, control the volume of sounds played, pause and continue sound play, and press the Escape or Command-Period keys to abort sound play.

To use Play Sound as a simple sound file player, simply drag and drop the more...

What's New

Version 1.6.7:
  • Fixed a bug where Play Sound, on Mac OS X 10.5, was not handling sound file paths sent as Unicode text strings.
  • Fixed a bug where Play Sound would return a "player status" of "quitting" if you sent a quit command, but sounds were still playing. Now, Play Sound will return "playing" until all sounds are done playing, and then return "quitting" just before quit.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later

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RyanD1084 Member IconReview+2
RyanD1084
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perfect for my needs, i just love the fact of listening music and not waiting several minutes for the audio player to start..

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Version 1.6.7
Mr. Leo Member IconReview+12
Mr. Leo
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This is the serious useful, very convenient and very simple tool which thought very well and was made.
I thank to developer.
Could you please develop the version of Play Sound which compatible with10.7?
I am wishing it very strongly.

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Version 1.6.7
Roro01 Member IconReview+0
Roro01
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Perfect for it's purpose but, the developer should realize that we are not busy playing system sounds 24 hours a day - it still uses about 10M of memory (though 0 CPU) when not being used. I hope the developer will add a small "drag onto" window and an icon in the dock when the application is running - then it will be, definitely, a five star application.

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Version 1.6.7
monoclast (Developer)
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Personally, I have not seen Play Sound reach 10 MB of memory usage; though I suppose it's possible if you queue up enough large sounds. Even so, if you'll compare all the processes listed in Activity Viewer with Play Sound, you'll see most other applications you leave running all the time use lots more RAM than this. Under 10 MB isn't very much at all in comparison.

I have noted your feature request to add a user interface to Play Sound. Unfortunately, adding a menu bar and window would not only increase the memory footprint of the application substantially, but would also make it take much longer to launch and quit. Also you should know you are only the second person out of tens of thousands of other users who has asked for a user interface. Most users of Play Sound seem to be perfectly happy with it the way it is, and wouldn't use the user interface anyway. I'm not of the opinion most users should suffer just because one or two users happen to want Play Sound to be something it's not. Remember: Play Sound is designed from the ground up to be a fast, simple, faceless sound player.

diane5 Member IconComment+0
diane5
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Since installing Leopard, I'm having trouble using Play Sound in an AppleScript that's called in a Rule for Microsoft Entourage.

The error I receive is "doesn't understand the "

The script:

set cusrPath to (path to "cusr" as string)

set soundAlias to (cusrPath & "Documents:Microsoft User Data:Custom Sounds:Quack.aiff") as alias

tell application "Play Sound"
play (soundAlias as alias)
end tell

I'm also having trouble opening scripts in the Script Editor in Leopard. SE crashes when I try to open a script.

I rely on Play Sound and the ability it has given me to get custom notifications for email. What do I need to do to get it working again?

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Version 1.6.7
MacUpdate-Lon
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http://microcosmsoftware.com/support/index.html

Microcosm Software (Developer)
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Unfortunately, due to a change in Play Sound's AppleScript dictionary in version 1.6 (logged at the bottom of the Play Sound "Read Me" file), scripts created with earlier versions need to be recompiled to work correctly with Play Sound 1.6 and later.

To fix your scripts, open them in Script Editor, add a blank line (or make a similar trivial change to the text), then save the script.

diane5
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That worked. Thanks!!

monoclast (Developer) Member IconDev+57
monoclast (Developer)
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Hi Bruce,

Thanks for the kind words and suggestions.

Play Sound uses 0.00% CPU and about 1.0 MB of RAM while idle in the background. Therefore leaving Play Sound running in the background when sounds are finished playing is not a big deal. In fact, it's actually less work for the system to leave it running than it would be to launch and quit Play Sound each time you play a sound.

My goal with Play Sound is to offer Mac users a quick, transparent way to play sound files. Unfortunately, adding a user interface to Play Sound would slow startup times even more, making running and quitting it take even longer.

With that said, I do appreciate your input. I've noted your request, and will consider it for future updates. Or perhaps at some point in the future I'll find time to write a companion application with a user interface for those who want such a thing.

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Version 1.6.6
Bruce_Y Member IconReview+36
Bruce_Y
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Play Sound does play sounds with a minimum of effort.

And, re stopping it, both Esc and Command-period are kind of mac-universal stop commands always worth a try in any application to stop a process.

And I second the request for a minimal GUI. Something that shows sound being played, pause/play, stop and Quit would be great.

In current form, it is a 'faceless' application that must be controlled by Applescript commands, and either quit by same, or quit using some form of process viewer or Activity monitor. Less than ideal for those of us who don't want stuff running in the background, and don't want to assign all wave or audio files to be controlled by Play Sound.

Otherwise, it does seem to play sounds well.

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Version 1.6.5
Aname Member IconReview+17
Aname
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I couldn't find a way of stopping a large soundfile from playing. Some kind of minimalistic gui would be appreciated.

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Version 1.6.3
Jolly-Roger
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I'm not sure how hard you really looked. I found it almost immediately in the included Read Me. Heck, for that matter, the product *description* even says you can press the Escape or Command-Period (-.) keys to abort sound play!

"Stopping Sound Play

You can abort sound play immediately at any time one of two ways:

• by pressing the Escape or Command-Period (-.) keys on your keyboard

• by sending Play Sound the stop command

Example:

This script causes Play Sound to abort all currently-playing sounds:

tell application "Play Sound"
stop
end tell

Note: Using either method to stop sound play will clear all queued sounds from the queue."

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I can't download this app.

When clicking the DL link on MU site, first I wait about a minute, then 920 KB download starts with speed of 0,6 KB per second.

Having a broadband connection sometimes doesn't mean high speeds.

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Version 1.6
MacUpdate-Lon
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I just downloaded this app at a speed of 130 KB/sec. using my aDSL connection, minutes after you posted your comment.

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Anonymous
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try again, if it slow what ever, it is worth the wait.... and it is free.

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Anonymous
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Simple & Plain if your'e working with samples!!!! Extra Great Thank You!!

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Version 1.5.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Using 1.4.2 with OS X 10.3.5 -- I *love* this little utility...but it doesn't seem to play nice with Unsanity's "Detour" haxie. Not sure whose fault it is, but sound re-routing gets all loused up when the two of them are running.

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Version 1.4.3
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Have you reported it to the developer? You can't give it a bad rating, and expect them to fix it, if you haven't taken a moment to send them an email about it...

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Anonymous
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I wrote the original comment...but I must have screwed up in my ratings; my intent was to give five stars for every category (including value), but 4 for reliability.

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Downloads 21,001
Version Downloads 6,917
License Free
Date 27 Oct 2007
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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