MP3 Timer is a freeware program that plays a music track when the countdown runs out

Jun 12, 2021
Updated • Jun 15, 2021
Windows software

Do you have a timer in your kitchen? Many people use one, it helps keep track of time when you're busy and have something on the stove or in the oven.

MP3 Timer is a freeware program that plays a music track when the countdown runs out

If you're like me and work on the computer while the food's getting ready, you may want a timer on the screen, and that is exactly what MP3 Timer does.

Extract the program's executable from the portable archive and run it. MP3 Timer's GUI is odd, the egg-shaped design with the buttons kind of looks like a Tamagotchi device. It's a floating widget, so feel free to drag it around the screen. The window stays on top of other programs.

You may have noticed that the timer has started to countdown already, the application has a timer set to 12 minutes. Don't worry, you can change this, click the red button and set the time that you want the alarm to ring at. The menu that appears has options in increments of 15 minutes. If you want to set a shorter timer, mouse over the clock that's counting down, and click on it. This way you can set the number of minutes and seconds for the timer.

There are a couple of quick ways to change the timer. Click the -5 or +5 buttons on the edges of MP3 Timer's interface to reduce or increase the countdown by 5 minutes. To change the clock by one minute, use the -1 and +1 buttons. Or you can right-click on the program's interface, mouse over the Set Time menu, and change the value to 5, 8, 12, 15, 20, 30, and 60 minutes. This can be handy depending on the task you want to use it for.

MP3 Timer menu

It's time we choose a tune for our alarm. Drag and drop a music file on the program's window or click on the area below the clock or the eject symbol (between the pause and stop button) and browse for a music track. Contrary to its name, MP3 timer supports Wav, Midi,  AVI (audio) and MP3 formats. Click the play button to play the music, this is useful for testing the audio.

When the alarm goes off, use the stop button to silence the music playback. MP3 Timer does not have a snooze button, the top portion of the window will keep flashing to alert you that the timer has run out. Exit the program by clicking the X button, or reset the timer to start a new countdown.

MP3 Timer demo

The application's right-click menu has a Play MP3 option, it appears to be buggy, and does not play the music immediately. MP3 Timer has an icon on the system tray, its menu is identical to the one that appears when you right-click on the GUI. When you minimize the application, it stays running in the background and can be accessed from the tray. Mouse over the icon to view a tool-tip that displays the timer.

MP3 Timer is a freeware program, it's compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The application is also called MP3 Pizza Timer. It isn't meant to be used like a calendar or to-do program, but I'm not going to hold that against it. If you want a reminder program, you should try the open source tool, RemindMe.

MP3 Timer

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  1. ns said on June 20, 2021 at 6:29 am

    I like this. Thank you.

  2. givemeabreak said on June 13, 2021 at 12:35 am

    You have a great talent for digging out useless software.

    I don’t remember when I last time commented here on anything but here we are.

    1. Tom Hawack said on June 13, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Sounds rather high eyelashes when simple education would add “in my opinion”.
      Many of us appreciate all articles here and whether we do or not agree with a given article most of the time the opinion is explained. Being formal, either by lauding or condemning free of arguments is relevant, IMO, of either a childish mentality or of general unhappiness.

      1. For Tom said on June 14, 2021 at 11:15 am

        Tom, in my opinion, you don’t understand the younger generations. Many of them are self-indulgent narcissists who believe whatever they think is all-important and true.

        If they can’t understand or appreciate something, to many of them, it’s not true and not valuable.

        If reality doesn’t conform to their thoughts, they tend to claim reality is wrong.

        Many of these people have very limited social skills and they behave as if the world revolves around them.

        I can’t tell you how many young programmers have told me “well, I can’t imagine that use case, so I’m not going to write code for it”.

        Life isn’t going to be easy for them until they realize their thoughts and beliefs don’t dictate reality and that one person’s thoughts don’t dictate everyone’s thoughts.

      2. Tom Hawack said on June 14, 2021 at 6:49 pm

        @For Tom, if I agree with your comment I’d add “nowadays”. I must also say that I haven’t perceived @givemeabreak ‘s comment as that of a youngster. The rhetoric made me consider the words as those of an infatuated personality (hence my description’s “high eyelashes”) but I may of course be mistaking. I later on remembered his “I don’t remember when I last time commented here on anything but here we are.” and that arose a doubt which would accredit your analysis, that of a youngster, given this remark of his can so easily be returned against him/her.

        Anyway, whatever the age, education (that of the family, out of social and studies environment) means respect, a universal value. IMHO of course :)

  3. DrKnow said on June 12, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Or just set a timer on your mobile phone so it’s with you wherever go or do.

  4. beemeup5 said on June 12, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Wow a UI from the early 00s! That takes me back. Programs had such personality back then.

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