MusicPeek : A taskbar-based music player, beautifully merged with Windows

If you're tired of complex user interfaces, tested every multimedia solution, got your ID3 tags messed up, struggled with capricious databases, the current software is made for you! This music player is made for people loving simplicity and tend to organise their musical library with the good ole Windows Explorer. Light, standalone, it makes the best from the taskbar features introduced with Windows 7: the embedded progressbar, Aero Peek, Taskbar Thumbnail Buttons...




Even more immersion with:

Track cover as Desktop/Chrome wallpaper and user picture

If you enable this feature using the "MusicPeek Settings" tools, the current track cover will replace your user avatar under Windows 7 (or ClassicShell if you use Windows 10), along with your Desktop/Google Chrome wallpaper. This one will be blurred to balance the low resolution and make things more aesthetic. Don't worry, your original wallpaper will be restored once the playback done, even if you have a slideshow like the Winarkeo Ultimate Bing RSS Theme.

A black and white display option is also available.

An audio spectrum hooked to the taskbar

Using the TaskBarButtonHooker class, MusicPeek attach the playing track audio spectrum above its taskbar button. The spectrum's colors are customizable and allow you to go from pristine white to the most AESTHETICS form.

A screensaver for every music lover's delight

The "MusicPeek Tiles" screensaver displays as a mosaic the covers of your tracks, switching them at random intervals. Classy!

Support for Windows SideShow (Windows 7)

For nostalgics out there, a preliminary support displaying informations about the playing track.




Source included

OS: Win7+ with .NET Framework 4.5


Once installed and defined as your default multimedia player (the last part depends on you), you have just to open your music files (mp3, wav, aif, ogg, m4a - no FLAC atm) or folder thanks to a right click -> Play with MusicPeek. Here are its graphical, functional, windowless features:

  • The track metadata (title, artist) scroll letter after letter.
  • The track cover is used as icon and thumbnail
  • Control buttons (previous, play/resume, next) are added to the thumbnail, along with a "Next" tray icon, next to the taskbar clock.
  • A thumbnail button allow for the explorer to open at the current track's location. Handy when you need to rectify a tag or want to play a neighbor file.
  • Launching MusicPeek alone will result in playing your entire "My Music" folder, shuffled if you want it so.
  • MusicPeek is assigned to its own URL protocol, the mpk: one. This way it can play any webradio or online file if the link respects the following format: Some radios are added to the user's Favorites folder by the installer.
  • The track progression is displayed as taskbar progressbar, using a random color (green, orange/yellowish, red), excepted if the track tag contains a color name. If so, that color will be used! Works with english, french, spanish color names.

  • Display webradio metadata if available (cover, title, artist)
  • Can launch a Google search about the current webradio track
  • Can take note of the title and artist of the current webradio track into My Music/MusicPeek_Bookmarks.txt
  • Some webradios are included into the user's Favorites folder

MusicSeek, the indispensable companion

MusicSeek is a little command line utility bundled with the MusicPeek player. You have just to enter a track name to play it instantly! Accessing to your favorite songs was never so easy. You can even specify a stream URL to play it directly with MusicPeek.

Another dimension thanks to old hardware

with an i-Buddy

If you are lucky enough to have an old, dusty i-Buddy from the MSN era, you can give it a second life! (wait... did I make a joke?) Once plugged in, MusicPeek will set the angel's head color accordingly to the player's progressbar! But there can be more... 🥚

with a Prizee ecobutton

And if you're also the owner of an "Prizee ecobutton" (used at the dawn of the current century as a physical "Hibernate" button), lost somewhere in your old stuff collection, you can use it as a MusicSeek launcher! As for the i-Buddy, only to plug, nothing to set!

with a Sony Ericsson LiveView

As described in the dedicaded article, once the LiveView connected to the computer while MusicPeek is running, it's gonna display the current cover art and allow the user to switch tracks by swiping the LiveView's screen.

with a Logitech diNovo MediaPad

Using the class created through this article, MusicPeek exploits the MediaPad functionalities by displaying the Title, Artist, Album and even warns you if you got mail.

Simple, immersive, intuitive. Aside from your ears and sensibility, music doesn't require complex stuff. Does it?