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don't know how it's really called. i'm looking for a way to display a short message above the try after a new song begins to play. something like (or with?) growl fpr windows?

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maybe this will work for you:

Snarl is a notification system for Windows. It provides a standard, simple way for applications to notify the user of events.

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I'm using Snarl for other apps but I could not find a way to have WMP display the track info in Snarl. – Snark Nov 6 '09 at 12:07
    
hence the 'maybe', i'm not using the software but i remember it being advertised somewhere as 'Growl for Windows'. – Molly7244 Nov 6 '09 at 12:41

You want to create a Windows Media Player plug-in.

To do this, you would use the Windows Media Player SDK:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa393415(VS.85).aspx

The core SDK requires that you code in C++, however using this project you could use C# in the future though currently it only supports visualizations:

http://wmppluginsnet.codeplex.com/
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can't believe that nobody wrote a plugin like that for now. but can't a plugin like that. looks like I#ll have do write it by myself. time to get around c++. ;) – user13497 Oct 9 '09 at 9:28

Install the "Windows Media Player GNTP Plugin", then you can use Snarl to show notifications:

http://wmpgntp.codeplex.com

WMP-GNTP allows Windows Media Player to tell Growl for Windows when a song has changed, so you'll no longer have to open Windows Media Player to tell when a song has changed.

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(Welcome to Super User! I'm not on Windows, but WMP-GNTP seems fine. However, your original answer was not providing much detail, and linking to an executable file is not too nice either, hence the downvote I guess. I've edited; maybe the downvoter will click the downvote again to remove it.) – Arjan Oct 18 '14 at 8:29

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