How to Listen to a Song URL in Windows Media Player 12

Use WMP 12 to directly listen to songs on websites rather than downloading them

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Stream Songs Instead of Downloading

You're probably already familiar with the abilities of Windows Media Player 12 to playback digital music, videos, and other types of multimedia files on your PC. However, did you know that you can also use Microsoft's popular jukebox application to stream songs from websites rather than having to download them first?

There's a feature in WMP 12 that allows you to open the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of a song located on any network (be it on your home network or the Internet) in order to stream the contents.

This is particularly useful for listening to songs when you don't necessarily want to download them -- especially if they are large files or you're running low on hard drive space (or both!)

How to Open a Song URL in Windows Media Player 12

To see how to use this option in WMP 12, follow these simple steps:

  1. If not already in Library view mode, hold down the CTRL key and press 1.
  2. Click the File menu tab at the top of the screen and then select the Open URL option. Tip: If you don't see the menu bar, then hold down the CTRL key and press M to enable it.
  3. Now use your Web browser to find a free MP3 download on the Internet that you'd like to stream instead. You'll need to copy its URL to the Windows clipboard -- usually the best way is to right-click the download button and then choose to copy the link. The name for this option varies from browser to browser (e.g. Internet Explorer: Copy Shortcut / Mozilla Firefox: Copy Link Location).
  1. Go back to Windows Media Player 12 and right-click on the text box on the Open URL dialog screen. Left-click Paste and then click on the OK button.

Your chosen song should now stream via WMP 12. To keep a list of songs that you'd like to stream in the future, consider creating playlists so you don't have to keep copying links from your Web browser and pasting into the Open URL screen.