Play Sound
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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
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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later



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Play Sound User Discussion (Write a Review)
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RyanD1084 reviewed on 07 Sep 2013
perfect for my needs, i just love the fact of listening music and not waiting several minutes for the audio player to start..
[Version 1.6.7]


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Mr. Leo reviewed on 16 Apr 2012
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.
[Version 1.6.7]


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Roro01 reviewed on 21 Nov 2008
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.
[Version 1.6.7]

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monoclast (developer) replied on 21 Nov 2008
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.
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Roro01 tipped on 20 Nov 2008
There is no need for this faceless application to be running continuously in the background, as the developer suggests, as long as you have DragThing. The application will launch when you drop the first sound file onto its icon and will stay open for ever in the background. However, if you have DragThing you can drag the file onto its alias in the DragThing dock and then you can easily quit it in DragThing after you're done with it.
[Version 1.6.7]

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Roro01 commented on 21 Nov 2008
If you don't have DragThing you can still quit it through Activity Monitor.
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monoclast (developer) commented on 30 Jul 2007
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.
[Version 1.6.6]


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Bruce_Y reviewed on 25 Jun 2007
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.
[Version 1.6.5]


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Aname reviewed on 08 Mar 2006
I couldn't find a way of stopping a large soundfile from playing. Some kind of minimalistic gui would be appreciated.
[Version 1.6.3]

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Jolly-Roger commented on 10 Mar 2006
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."
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Anonymous reviewed on 29 May 2005
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.
[Version 1.6]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 29 May 2005
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 commented on 30 May 2005
try again, if it slow what ever, it is worth the wait.... and it is free.
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Dec 2004
Simple & Plain if your'e working with samples!!!! Extra Great Thank You!!
[Version 1.5.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Sep 2004
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.
[Version 1.4.3]

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Anonymous commented on 27 Sep 2004
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 commented on 27 Sep 2004
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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diane5 had trouble on 05 Dec 2007
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?
[Version 1.6.7]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 05 Dec 2007
http://microcosmsoftware.com/support/index.html
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Microcosm Software (developer) replied on 30 Dec 2007
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.
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diane5 replied on 30 Dec 2007
That worked. Thanks!!
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Downloads:20,876
Version Downloads:6,792
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:27 Oct 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X / OS Classic
Price:Free0.00
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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 sound file(s) onto the Play Sound icon in the Mac OS Finder. Better yet, you can configure the Mac OS X Finder to automatically open sound files with Play Sound whenever you double-click them (see Using Play Sound As a Sound Player in the documentation for easy instructions showing how to do this).

Play Sound is fully scriptable, allowing AppleScript writers to use simple, easy-to-understand English syntax to play most QuickTime-supported sound files, Classic Mac OS System 7 sound files, and even 'snd ' resources that are embedded directly in script applets. To script Play Sound, you call it from any AppleScript script or application.


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