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I used to spend my life in local cafes like a bohemian writer in Paris. But that life was comprehensively steamrolled when Covid-19 arrived in 2020.
This meant I wasn't using my portable computer -- Eagle One -- outside the house. Therefore I didn't need a music player.
But things are getting a bit more like the old "normal" here in Melbourne where I live, so I thought I'd setup the computer for remote usage once more. And this meant I needed a music player.
## The right tool for the job
If you're anything like me, you've experimented with different music players to meet your tastes and needs. After a few false starts using Groove Music, VLC and Dopamine, I settled on Musicbee.
The Ultimate Music Manager and Player
MusicBee makes it easy to manage, find, and play music files on your computer. MusicBee also supports podcasts, web radio stations and SoundCloud integration
## Set the default music player
The default music player can be set with these steps on a Windows 10 computer. Doing this means music files will always open with the selected player.
* Click Start > Settings > Apps > Default Apps
* Click the default app (say Music Player) > Click the new player.
## My music player isn't listed!
As I found this morning, *musicbee* wasn't listed. I had a choice of Microsoft Media Player or looking for an app in the Microsoft store.
Here's the quickest way to fix this issue. You'll need to repeat this for at least MP3 and M4a files.
* Open your File Explorer and find an audio file.
* Right-click the file > Open With > Choose another App.
* Scroll down the list, then select your music player; or
* Click Look for another app on this PC
* Browse to `c:\Program Files` or `c:/Program Files(x86)`.
* Open your music player app folder and select the `mymusicplayername.exe` file.
* Click **Open**.
* Check (or Tick if you're outside the US) **Always use this app to open [mp3 or m4a] files**.
* Click **OK**.