I found that with iTunes, you can play songs in the WMA format, but it doesn't convert them, so on The Code Project website, I found an MP3, WAV, and PCM audio capturing C# code and added all the libraries necessary to capture the audio to the specified format. I was going to use a Windows Media Player class to play the music I wished to capture, but found that it couldn't play many file types, so I went hunting for an alternative. I found the iTunes EXE file under the COM references list and added it straight away. My program now allows you to play a song in iTunes, and it will automatically pick up when it starts, ends, and what the file name is. It will then save it under the specified format (with the correct file extension for that format) in the user specified folder. It is really good, as you can let it play all the songs you like while listening to and re-recording them to a different format. However, you don't have to record from iTunes, nor do you need iTunes installed, as my program has a user start/stop button allowing you to start and stop recording whenever you like.
It will be useful for you to have an understanding of, nothing! So long as you are a good programmer in C# (like myself), this will seem like the easiest program ever written. In some ways, it is, as it requires almost no time or effort as most of the program was already made for me!
(When running the code in VS2008, you will need to turn off 'Lock Loader' errors. To do so, go to Debug menu -> Exceptions -> expand Managed Debug Assistants -> scroll to Lock Loader, and uncheck it. This will have no noticeable side effects to your programming environment, and will hopefully stop the annoying unsolvable errors!
Using the Code
Properties: all the properties and variables are self explanatory. Here are the methods and how they work:
public MainForm("code-keyword">bool UseiTunes)
private void LoadEvents()
AnIApp.OnPlayerPlayEvent += new
AnIApp.OnPlayerStopEvent += new
catch (Exception ex)
DialogResult AResult = MessageBox.Show("Error setting up itunes " +
"event handlers, do you wish to:",
"Error! - What do you wish to do?",
if (AResult == DialogResult.Abort)
else if (AResult == DialogResult.Retry)
The above code has the main form constructor and the
LoadEvents() method. The
MainForm constructor takes the parameter
UseiTunes because if iTunes is not installed on the computer the program is running on, then when the user first starts the program, an error will have occurred and the user will have chosen to retry and so the program will not try to set up the iTunes event handlers. The
LoadEvents() method simply sets the event handlers for the iTunes events needed. In the
catch block, if setting the event handlers fails, the user gets the option to retry (which will recall the method and try again), to abort (which will exit the program), or to ignore (which will continue and not try again to set the event handlers - this would cause the iTunes functionality to become unavailable). These
try/catch blocks turn up around the code where I thought they were needed. Now you have seen some of the code and how it works. You can download the program or the source files as the rest is fairly self-explanatory.
- 9th February, 2009: Initial post
- 10th February, 2009: Updated source files and demo
- 21st June, 2009: Updated source files