Skype Now Playing Plugin for MusicBee

Here is a simple now Skype Now playing plugin I created for MusicBee using C#.

The settings panel of the plugin looks like the following screenshot.

The tags supported at the moment are <Artist>, <AlbumArtist>, <Title>, <Year> and <Album> and they have to be like above in the textbox in order for the tag to get displayed. Also there is the option (activated by default) for a “Now Playing” string and a Unicode note char to appear in front of the selected pattern. (Depending on the computer the note may appear as a square).

<Artist> – <Title> [<Album> (<Year>)]

The plugin uses the Skype4Com Library in order to communicate with Skype. It is has been tested to work with Skype v5.3.0.111.

The plugin consists of two dll files,  mb_skypenp.dll and Interop.SKYPE4COMLib.dll, the installation process is pretty simple, you simply must extract the two files in the Plugins folder inside the MusicBee Installation directory (There is a possibility that there will be no Plugins folder, in that case you will have to create it).

If you installed it at the default folder it is:
“C:\Program Files\MusicBee\Plugins” if you are running 32 bit Windows, or
“C:\Program Files(x86)\MusicBee\Plugins” if you are running 64 bit Windows.

After this you have to start MusicBee, and go to Edit->Preferences. Then in the Preferences window you have to click on “Plugins” and then you have to click the “Enable” button under the “skype: now playing”, to enable the plugin.

After that, if Skype is running you will have to Allow MusicBee to access Skype, in order to change the mood to the currently playing track.

You can report any issues or suggest some changes, either here or in the related topic in MusicBee Forum

For download links and information check the dedicated Plugin Page


4 thoughts on “Skype Now Playing Plugin for MusicBee

    1. On the blog pages there is a dedicated page for the Now Playing plugin, there you can get the link for version: (the latest version). Inside the archive you will find a Skype4COM.msi. You have to install it for the plugin to work. More you can find the page and information about the issue here “

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