Kenmcd wrote : You can cause the MP3 or M4A file to be loaded in Windows Media Player (WMP) by using a reference file as the link.
What do you exactly mean by that ?
Each time I tried to do that (Joomla 1.5), it does not work : what do you name "reference file as a link" ? Which link ? Which reference ?
Don't know what it is, but "it does not work."
Media reference files reference
another media file.
These reference files
typically are unique to some particular player and/or OS.
Because of this uniqueness you have a better chance of knowing exactly how the users' system will handle the file.
Click on a link to a .WAX file and you are fairly sure it will open in Windows Media Player if the user has that player.
Click on a link to a .QTL file and you are fairly sure it will open in QuickTime Player if the user has that player.
The actual media file link is inside the reference file.
So if I put the MP3 or M4A file link in a .WAX file, it will open in Windows Media Player.
And if I put the MP3 or M4A file link in a .QTL file, it will open in QuickTime Player.
PLS, QTL, WAX, ASX, M3U, WPL, F4M, etc., etc.
All can link to media files, or to streaming servers for Icecast/Shoutcast, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, etc.
This technique is often used to open media in stand-alone players (Windows Media Player, QuickTime, Winamp, etc.),
but reference files can also be played with players embedded in the website pages.
Even MOV files can be used as reference files.
Apple uses this to help hide the actual movie file locations on their movie trailers website.
Put an RTSP stream link in an MOV file and you can play it with QuickTime on the web page.
So what are you trying to do?.