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I can't get mp3 play to work

All Hobbyist software apps now support Mp3 play with the following mp3 players

  • The Hobbyist Mp3 Player - This is built in to the applications and will work on the Treo650, though not the Treo600
  • Pocket Tunes - This is free to owners of the Treo600. All you have to do is register your treo to get a copy.
  • AeroPlayer
  • MMPlayer

Please make sure you have the latest version of your application so that you can use all of these.

To get mp3 play working, you need to do the following

  1. Select the mp3 player you want to use (normally in the 'select mp3 player' menu option
  2. If you are not using the Hobbyist Mp3 Player, make sure your player is in RAM (Not on the SD card)
  3. Make sure you have an SD card with some MP3s on it
    • (Pocket Tunes and the Hobbyist Mp3 Player player can play files from RAM - see the pocket tunes documentation for instructions on this somewhat advanced topic)
  4. Er - That's it.


I can't select an mp3

Make sure you have the latest version of my application - which makes this really easy!

  • You will need to have mp3 files on an sd card.
  • If you have multiple SD cards (perhaps an emulated one in RAM), then make sure you select the card in the top right of the screen
  • If you are trying to select internal mp3s, select "Internal" in the top right of the screen.


I can select an mp3 - but it doesn't play

things to check:

  1. Have you selected a supported mp3 Player - to do this, press menu, then tap on options, MP3 Player. (in Initiate, select preferences, helpers, choose Audio Player)
  2. Have you made sure that your mp3 player is in RAM (not on the sd card)? Applications can't communicate with other applications unless they are in RAM, so you do need to run your mp3 player from RAM
  3. Do you have a supported version of your mp3 player? The info text in the 'select mp3' menu option details which versions of the players are supported.


I can't see all of my audio files

There are a couple of things that could be happening.

  • Make sure you have the latest version of the application so that you can select files easily
  • If the missing files are all of one type, then my application probably doesn't realise that your Audio Player can play those file types - Please let me know!
  • If you are looking for files in the internal memory, then this will work only if you have selected the Hobbyist Mp3 Player or Pocket Tunes (unless they are in an emulated sd card created with an application like RamDisk)


I want to use Real Player as my mp3 player

Unfortunately, Real Networks don't publish an API for developers to link in to their player, so there is no 'proper' way to use Real Player.

If you have a Treo650, you should definitely use the Hobbyist Mp3 Player in preference to Real Player. If you have a Treo600, you should use Pocket Tunes. (You can get a free copy by registering your Treo)