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Make A Portable Version Of Winamp For Your USB Drive

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Scenario : You use different computers – at home, at work, at school and at a friend’s place – and you would like it if you could just carry your music collection with yourself and be able to play them anywhere you like

Solution : This is a lot like carrying an MP3 players i.e. you can have your music on the go. But With the lack of headphone support , that’s  as far as you will ever get….you won’t be able to use it on the bus, or in the queue at the supermarket.

The simplest way for this would be by loading a portable media playing software on a USB stick, as well as your music library and with that you can listen to your tunes everywhere, as if you were at home and thats what we are gonna do…..we are gonna create a portable version of Winamp for your USB.

Why Winamp ??   First and foremost, Freeware. Second,Its memory is nearly nothing. Third it can play almost any type of file.


So lets begin……
1.   Start out by downloading and running the Winamp Setup. Install to a subfolder of your portable drive, or simply copy the Winamp application folder from Program Files to your USB stick afterwards.

2.   Next, create a winamp.cmd file in the Winamp folder of your portable drive. You can do this by creating a new text document, and adding

start winamp.exe /inidir=ini

3.   Then either save the file, and change the extension from .txt to .cmd, or (in Notepad) use File -> Save As… -> All Files and save it manually as winamp.cmd
If all went well, you should have a strange new file there, one that you can’t open with a text editor anymore.

4.   Double-click the file to execute it. This will launch the Winamp configuration wizard. Make sure that all file associations are unchecked in step 2 of the config wizard. Otherwise, your computer will try to use your Winamp portable drive whenever you prompt to open a file – even when your USB stick isn’t inserted.

5.   In the third and final step of the configuration wizard, make sure to uncheck the anonymous usage statistics. If you don’t, Winamp will send periodical reports of the application. Albeit anonymous, a lot of computers won’t like a portable application that tries to connect to the internet.

That’s it, you’ve now got an installation of Winamp that’s fully portable. You can use it not only to play back your files, but to build and manage a portable music library, just like in iTunes, err, Winamp.

Added Tip : If you want Winamp to run whenever you insert your USB stick into a computer, you can create an autorun.inf file.

Simply create a new text documents and insert the following lines:

[Autorun]Open=Winamp\winamp.exeAction=Start Winamp Music Player

Next, go to File -> Save As… -> All Files and save it as autorun.inf, or just edit the file extension manually. If it doesn’t work, make sure that the specified directory path is correct, and that autorun is enabled on your computer.

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