This article shows you how to use the windows media player control with microsoft visual studio in VB.NET.
As you know, windows media player activex control is available for windows operating systems, it allows you to open music files, video ..etc.
To practice demo, you should create a new windows forms vb.net project, then right click on your project, then add a reference to Windows Media Player.
We will use COM to call windows media player from your windows, then you can play music files or video files.
Add axwindowsmediaplayer to your visual studio toolbox, by right-clicking on the General tab of your toolbox->Choose Items
Design a simple windows forms application as the following
Add the Windows Media Player control from your visual studio toolbox into your Windows Forms, then resize the control and place it where you want the video window to appear.
Next, Add code to handle your Open button click event.
Public Class Form1 Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click Dim ofd As New OpenFileDialog ofd.Filter = "MP3|*.mp3" If ofd.ShowDialog() = DialogResult.OK Then AxWindowsMediaPlayer1.URL = ofd.FileName End If End Sub End Class
Add a filter property to Music File|*.mp3, make sure users only select files that have been filtered
When you play the program, click the Open button->Open File Dialog will show allowing you to choose a song.