Most MP3 player are huge and take up a lot of your system resources. While all their features can be nice, sometimes you just want to play music while you work in other programs. If you have a fast computer with lots of memory, this isn't a problem with the standard players. However, if your system is older, slower, and or memory-challenged, you might wany to give STP (SysTrayPlay) a try. It takes up less than 300K unzipped, displays as an icon in your system tray and will play MP3s and CDs. From the menu of the tray icon, you can browse your playlist and select songs to play, scan your drive for MP3s, shuffle, repeat etc. STP also includes CDDB support, an equalizer, a simple playlist editor and more. The player can even use simple skins. All while being light on system resources. Sound quality isn't bad either, but audiophiles will probably not be happy -- but then most audiophiles aren't happy with MP3s anyway.
Operating System: Windows 95+
License: Open Source
Version Reviewed: 1015a
Web Site: http://digitalelement.byethost22.com/stp/index.html