Media Player Tutorial in Visual Basic .NET

Tags: VB.NET, VB 2008, VB 2010, VB 2012, VB 2013

This tutorial will show you how to make a media player program in visual basic .NET.

I am using Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition for this tutorial.

We will add one control that is not included in the toolbox:

On the Toolbox: right click the mouse and click on Choose Items.

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A Window will appear: Click on COM Components.

Scroll down to Windows Media Player and check it then click ok.

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In the toolbox, scroll down to the new control "Windows Media Player and drag it to the form:

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Resize it to fit the form like the picture below and make sure to leave a space between the icon and Windows Media Player:

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Change some properties of the Windows Media Player. Right click on it and then click on properties. On the properties window, change the Anchor property to Top, Bottom, Left, Right.

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That property will make Windows Media Player stretches to the whole window when the form size maximizes.

Add a button to the form and change it's text property to "Song":

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Add OpenFileDialog to the form:

Right click on OpenFileDialog1 in the gray area and click on properties. Change it's Filter property to Music File|*.mp3

Add the "Song" Button Click Event:

Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
OpenFileDialog1.ShowDialog()
AxWindowsMediaPlayer1.URL = OpenFileDialog1.FileName
End Sub

When you play the program, click on Song button and that should show you a Open File Dialog to choose a song. Make sure that the song is in mp3 format.


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