Instant Elevator Music Makes File Operations Less Boring

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 18, 2011
Updated • Dec 6, 2012
Software, Windows software

Did you ever stare at a file operation process bar, for instance a download or upload that you needed to finish, a backup process or a file conversion? Then you might have enjoyed elevator music during that progress.

Instant Elevator Music is a fun application for users who like to be accompanied by calming soothing music during file operations. I'm not saying that any sane person would want to listen to that music for a long period of time, but it is fun the first times you run into it.

You need to install the software before you can enjoy music during most file operations and even some splash screens. You can open the program's settings to define when the music starts to play while you are waiting.

Popular choices include "anything with a progress bar" to Firefox downloads or the Adobe Photoshop CS5 splash screen. And if you are annoyed by the elevator music in a particular application you can turn that off to. The ignore list in the program settings offers to add programs that will stay silent even if they would trigger the music otherwise.

instant elevator music

You can also add your own tunes to the music playlist for some extra variety. One of the issues that I ran into was that the music started playing even while I was playing another video or song on the computer. The program can be configured to identify some music playing applications like Winamp to block the elevator music while other music is playing, but there is no option to do the same for video players or even web video.

Regardless of that; You can still have some fun with the little application. It is likely that you will uninstall it sooner or later though.

Windows users can download Instant Elevator Music from the official website. It should work with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.


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  1. Lucky said on January 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I didn\’t know where to find this info then koabom it was here.

  2. SCBright said on October 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Funny at first time and annoying three times later…

  3. Jack said on October 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Good grief! Is there anyone so brain dead they actually like elevator musak? I’ve walked out of restaurants and shops to avoid it. Why on earth would I want it on my PC?

    I’m with Gregg – the only pleasure I could ever get from this application would be the knowledge I’ll never install it.

  4. Gregg L. DesElms said on October 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This has to be one of the dumbest little apps I’ve ever seen…

    …yet, I can completely see why one would want to at least try it.

    It’s one of those “love to hate” kinds of things, I think. Curious. Odd. Useless. Yet briefly irresistable.

    Once the novelty wears off (which would be fast, I’d venture), I don’t know if I, for one, would uninstall it so much as I’d likely just uncheck the “[r]un when Windows starts” checkbox.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I agree, it is nice to try and that’s that. Still, could be fun to install on a friend’s system to watch their reaction ;)

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