How to Play Music in TeamSpeak 3 on PC

Listen to music while using TeamSpeak on Windows

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It's possible to play music in TeamSpeak for Windows with the help of Winamp Media Player. That way, you and your friends can listen to the same tunes while you chat without any annoying background noise.

Instructions in this article apply to TeamSpeak 3 for Windows 10, 8, and 7.

How to Play Music in TeamSpeak

To listen to music and chat at the same time in TeamSpeak, run multiple instances of the program. The first copy of TeamSpeak will be your regular voice connection, and the second copy will stream music from Winamp. This setup requires you to change your Windows system settings and install some extra software.

  1. Download the latest version of Winamp and install it on your computer.

    Download the latest version of Winamp and install it on your computer.
  2. Download and install Virtual Audio Cable (VAC).

    When you install VAC, it designates itself as the default playback device. Click the speaker icon in the taskbar and select your speakers to turn them back on.

    Download and install Virtual Audio Cable (VAC).
  3. Go to the Windows search bar, enter System Config, then select System Configuration.

    Windows menu with System Configuration highlighted
  4. Select the Tools tab.

    System Configuration in Windows with the Tools tab highlighted
  5. Select Change UAC Settings.

    Change UAC Settings option in System Configuration
  6. Select Launch.

    System Configuration in Windows with the Launch button highlighted
  7. Move the slider on the left to Never Notify, then select OK.

    Notification slider in UAC Settings
  8. Download and install Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider (DSEO).

    Download and install Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider (DSEO).
  9. During setup of DSEO, select Enable Test Mode, then select Next. You will be prompted to restart your computer.

    You must restart the computer before you can continue.

    DSEO setup with Enable Test Mode option highlighted
  10. Open Winamp and select Options > Preferences.

    The keyboard shortcut for Preferences is Ctrl+P.

    WinAmp with the Preferences option highlighted
  11. In the Winamp Preferences dialog box, go to the left pane and select Output, then choose Null DirectSound Output.

    Nullsoft DirectSound Output in WinAmp preferences
  12. In the Null DirectSound Output Settings dialog box, select the device drop-down arrow and choose Line 1 (Virtual Audio Cable), then select OK.

    Line selection in WinAmp for Windows
  13. Right-click the TeamSpeak 3 shortcut icon on your desktop and select Properties.

    Right-click menu in Windows with Properties highlighted
  14. Add -nosingleinstance (preceded by a space) to the end of the text in the Target field. It should look like this:

    "C:\Program Files\TeamSpeak 3 Client\ts3client_win64.exe" -nosingleinstance

    Adding the command -nosingleinstance to a shortcut allows multiple instances of the program to run simultaneously.

    Properties menu with the Target field highlighted
  15. Select Apply, then select OK.

    You may be prompted to provide your Windows administrator password.

    Properties window with the Apply button highlighted
  16. Launch TeamSpeak and connect to a server using your regular voice ID login, then double-click the TeamSpeak 3 desktop shortcut to open another instance of TeamSpeak in a separate window.

    Launch TeamSpeak and connect to a server, then open another instance of TeamSpeak.
  17. In the second copy of TeamSpeak, connect to the same server as your first login, but change the user Nickname to Jukebox as this second login will be your music player.

    TeamSpeak with the Nickname field highlighted
  18. In the second instance of TeamSpeak (Jukebox), go to Tools > Options.

    The keyboard shortcut is Alt+P.

    TeamSpeak with the Options command highlighted
  19. Select Capture, then select the Capture Device drop-down arrow and choose Line 1 (Virtual Audio Cable).

    Options in TeamSpeak with the Capture section and Line 1 options highlighted
  20. Select Continuous Transmission, then select the following check boxes:

    • Echo Reduction
    • Echo Cancellation
    • Advanced Options
    • Remove Background Noise
    • Automatic Gain Control
    Options in Teamspeak
  21. Select Apply, then select OK.

    Teamspeak options with the Apply button highlighted

Now when you play music from Winamp, it will stream from the Jukebox for other TeamSpeak users to hear. While time-consuming, this setup is preferable to playing music on your speakers while trying to chat.

These settings are not saved when you close TeamSpeak, so repeat steps 15 through 20 each time you log in. It is easiest to leave your two IDs logged in when you are away from the keyboard.

Ask the server admin to create an AFK channel for you to park your logins so that you never have to log out.

Tips for Playing Music in TeamSpeak 3

There are a few extra steps you can take to improve the sound quality:

  • On the Jukebox, mute your regular chat ID to avoid an echo.
  • Mute the speakers for the Jukebox to prevent the music from playing twice in your headphones.
  • Keep the music volume low and let other users manually turn up the volume on their end.

If another TeamSpeak user mutes the music player, they will also mute your chat account. This is because TeamSpeak associates your IP address with both logins.

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