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The Jukebox uses MIDI files, and in the future it will play MP3 files too. Most browsers come with a MIDI player already installed, but it usually sounds tinny. The Crescendo site offers a free basic plug-in (but once again, it's tinny) as well as a better-sounding advanced plug-in for about $20. The Yamaha plug-in is another nice-sounding MIDI player, and it's also free. There is an optional "software synthesiser" that's free for 3 months, but the player sounds fine without it. However, Yamaha's installation instructions are somewhat difficult to understand. The final option is to connect some sort of external MIDI device, a subject that is best investigated at more specialized websites. The following options are available in the Jukebox Wizard:
- Song Links: Clicking on a text link will open a separate window that plays the song. When the song is done, the browser will cycle through the 12 songs (to vary the playlist, sometimes a song is skipped.) If you want to skip to another song, you can click on a link to change the song.
- Jukebox Icons: You can click one of the three jukebox icons to visit web sites with more MIDI jukebox songs.
Within a few weeks, we'll make available a program to allow customization of this Wizard. You'll be able to add or change the MIDI files to any songs you like.
See also: Radio Wizard, TV Wizard.