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CWinamp - more than just a Winamp2 API wrapper

, 13 Mar 2003
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Winamp2 API wrapper with extra functions
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Introduction

Prorgammers are lazy, we all know that. Whenever we come across some API we want to make a wrapper for it in order to use it more easily. Microsoft wrote its "Foundation Classes", and every day someone posts an article about his own new wrapper class here on CodeProject.com. I have also decided to do so.

I needed to control my Winamp2 from another app, and after doing some research if finally found the fine Winamp2 API documentation. But after a few minutes I was tired to type all those SendMessages with a number as parameter that no one on earth would want to remember. After playing around with the official Winamp2 API I had to discover that the API doesn't provide some handy functions such like getting the current volume. So what now? Well, I began writing the wrapper. Soon I started Spy++ to get access to some handy but undocumented API calls, e.g. reading the volume or generating a HTML playlist. Woohoo! Now I felt it was time to share my work with you Smile | :)

My main goal was to keep the wrapper simple as possible, so that even beginners would have no problems using it. The result is one single header-file that needs to be included to your workspace. No more! Now let's start, I'll explain the most important steps and functions.

Using the winamp2 wrapper class

Using this class is easy as can be. Just #include "winamp2.h" to your workspace. Next, create our wrapper class variable somewhere in your project:

CWinamp amp // create the wrapper variable named "amp"

Before you can use all the functions you need to FindWinamp(). For most people it safe enough to call this function without any parameters. Winamp can be opened with a different window class but the standard "Winamp v1.x" by starting it with the parameter /CLASS. But most people don't do so, so you don't have to worry about the FindWindow() parameter. The function returns true, if Winamp has been found. Now you are ready to use all the nifty functions.

There are so many functions that I don't want to explain them all in detail. These are probably the most important ones:

void    Previous();
void    Next();
void    Play();
void    Pause();
void    Stop();
const char* GetCurrentTitle()

Should be self-explanatory I hope Smile | :) So if you want to go to the next track just call the Next() function like that:

CWinamp amp;
if(amp.FindWinamp())
{
    // Winamp has been found, play next track
    amp.Next();
}

The functions all have names that explain what they do, e.g. TrackGetPositionMSec(). This returns the track's current postion in milliseconds. There are three functions that need to be discussed a bit more in detail, but acutally they are easy to use as well. The functions are as follows:

int GetVolume();
void SetVolume(int volume);
int EQGetData(int band);
void EQSetData(int band, int value);
int EQGetPreampValaue();

The GetVolume() functions returns a value between 0 and 255. 0 means volume turned off completely (i.e. silent), whereas 255 means full volume. This way you can pass a value of 0 to 255 to SetVolume(). EQGetData(int band) takes a value of 0-9 as parameter, representing one of the ten bands of the equalizer. It returns a value between 0 and 63. 0 means a value of -20 dB and 63 a value of +20 dB. Consider this, if you want to represent the value by e.g. a CSliderCtrl, make sure to set its range like that: SetRange(0, 63). To set the value of a specific band, call EQSetData(). The first parameter is the band (0-9), the second the value in the range from 0-63.

Note: For some reason, Winamp does NOT refresh the equalizer bars during runtime, but the changes are applied. You need to RestartWinamp() to make the changes visible in the equalizer. Blame the programmers of winamp Wink | ;-) EQGetPreampValaue() also returns the preamp value in the range of 0-63.

Conclusion

I'd say this is everything you need to know in order to understand the class. If you have any futher questions, feel free to post a comment or send me a mail. The class has been successfully tested with Winamp 2.81

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Comments and Discussions

 
Questioncan u guide me i am new for mixer control Pinmemberrajneshmalik30-Aug-07 2:23 
GeneralBuild problems Pinmemberrich_dave22-Feb-06 6:51 
GeneralRe: Build problems PinmemberGreeeg22-Feb-06 23:44 
QuestionIs it possible to set the output device? PinmemberHyun-Chul Lee6-Nov-05 20:09 
AnswerRe: Is it possible to set the output device? PinmemberGreeeg7-Nov-05 3:41 
Generalwhy din't you. .. . Pinmembereuacela27-Dec-04 11:19 
GeneralMissing: EQ On-off Pinmembermg123427-Nov-04 16:48 
GeneralRe: Missing: EQ On-off PinmemberGreeeg29-Nov-04 2:10 
GeneralRe: Missing: EQ On-off PinsussAnonymous30-Nov-04 20:57 
GeneralRe: Missing: EQ On-off PinmemberGreeeg1-Dec-04 8:03 
QuestionAny ideea for web broadcast? Pinmemberstealth kid8-Sep-03 0:19 
GeneralBug getting song title PinmemberMav Rossi7-Jul-03 21:27 
GeneralRe: Bug getting song title PinmemberGreg S.26-Jul-03 11:24 
GeneralUpdate to GetCurrentTitle-bug! PinmemberGreg S.26-Jul-03 13:18 
GeneralRe: Update to GetCurrentTitle-bug! PinsussMav Rossi27-Jul-03 21:55 
GeneralRe: Update to GetCurrentTitle-bug! PinmemberGreg S.28-Jul-03 1:21 
GeneralA wrapper for Version 3 PinmemberNitromouse19-Mar-03 0:21 
GeneralRe: A wrapper for Version 3 PinmemberGregor S.19-Mar-03 5:44 
GeneralRe: A wrapper for Version 3 PinmemberNitromouse19-Mar-03 6:48 
GeneralRe: A wrapper for Version 3 PinmemberLars [Large] Werner22-Jun-03 11:45 
QuestionCurrent track path? Pinmembershao_lo18-Mar-03 7:21 
AnswerRe: Current track path? PinmemberMonstroplante26-May-04 0:29 
GeneralAn Alternative Pinmemberjakesher15-Mar-03 5:36 
GeneralRe: An Alternative PinmemberGregor S.15-Mar-03 6:47 
GeneralCool! PinmemberRavi Bhavnani14-Mar-03 18:20 

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