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