Create an MP3 Alarm Clock

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
By: Jason Doucette

Why wake up to the annoying buzzer of your alarm clock, when you can let your computer play one of your favourite songs in the morning?  This is how you do it:

  1. Start the Scheduled Tasks program.  (Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks)
  2. Drag and drop an MP3 file (or a WinAmp play list, if you have WinAmp) onto the Scheduled Tasks program.  Note that you need not have WinAmp to do this, as Windows simply runs whichever program is associated with MP3 files, which is Windows Media Player, by default.
  3. You now have a new task scheduled.  Set the scheduling times of this task by right-clicking on it and selecting 'Properties'.  Note: You may have to give the password for the user who the task will be played under.

That's it!

Note:  Since you will likely wish to test this before relying on it to wake you up, you will notice that the default scheduling will start one day after the day you create the task.  So, if you want to test it out immediately, you need to schedule it to start a day earlier.

Don't forget to leave your volume up when you go to sleep.  Also, if you leave programs running that constantly make annoying sounds, like MSN Messenger, you may wish to turn these sounds off, so they do not bother you while you attempt to sleep.


About the Author: I am Jason Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $190,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.