Songler adds new search capabilities

Songler has been updated to allow searching for music in many more ways. First of all, you can now search for Spotify tracks by Artist, Album or Track name (this is only applicable to Spotify, since can't play individual albums or tracks). Just enter your search and click on one of the icons to search the different categories.

Secondly, Songler now integrates with your Windows Media Center music library. Just browse to something you like in Windows Media Center and press the (i) button on your remote, and select the More… option. Then choose Songler, and it will search for that artist for you.

Download version 1.2 here for these great new features. 

Songler FAQ

Songler FAQ

1) Does Spotify work on extenders?

No. Spotify don't currently have any windows libraries, so I can't directly get their streams. Instead I open the Spotify PC application in the background to play the audio. This doesn't get picked up by the extender, which only plays audio that comes from within media center itself.

Spotify have told me that they are considering windows libraries, which would allow me to give a great user experience on the PC, but at the moment the Spotify apis (for linux) stream Ogg audio, which isn't a supported format on extenders, so unless that changes with the release of windows libraries, it still won't work on extenders. 

2) Does work on extenders?

No, the audio fails to play on extenders. I suspect that extenders are doing something odd like requesting the track twice, which don't allow.

3) How do I get a free spotify account?

Just go to this link to register. 

4) When I enter my username and password, I get an error saying that it failed to authenticate

There is currently an issue with where some accounts can be validated and some accounts can not. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the accounts. See here for the latest from on it. If you are not currently a premium subscriber and want to play content through Songler, my advice is to sign up with for a free account, and then enter your username and password in Songler. If you get the confirmation message saying that your login has been validated but you can't yet play music, then your account is fine, and you can go ahead and upgrade to a premium account. If you get an error that your account cannot be authorized, register a new free account and try again until it works. I'd love feedback on how it goes for you, whether it succeeds or fails, so that I can get a picture of the extent of the problem. E-mail me at with your feedback.

If you have problems, you might also want to contact here, or even contact their support team for a refund at

5) Media Center tells me that Songler has crashed

I need to have more information about why. The first way to do that is to turn on logging. To do that open up regedit, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MillieSoft\Songler for 64 bit systems or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MillieSoft\Songler for 32 bit. Right click and select New->String Value. Create a registry key called logFile with it's value set to a location where it can write a log file, e.g.


Then run the Songler program again, and various diagnostic messages will be written to the log file.

You should also get the full stack trace of the error. To do that depends on what version of windows you have.

In windows vista, open up regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\Extensibility add a DWORD key EnableErrorDetails and set the value to “1”. Windows Media Center will then add a Details button to the Error dialog box with a stack trace of what's wrong. Take a screenshot of that.

In windows 7, no all you need to do is launch Event Viewer and navigate to the Applications and Services Logs > Media Center node to find the full errors.

Send both the log files and the error details to me at, along with detailed steps of what you did to cause the problem, including details of what artists/songs and so on you choose 

Songler V1.0 released

SpotifyMCE has now transformed in to Songler. Why the name change? Because it now fully supports both and Spotify, so SpotifyMCE wasn't the right name any more. The new version has numerous bug fixes, and can play all of your stations directly within media center. Download here.

Coming Soon – Full integration

One of the pieces of feedback that I got from SpotifyMCE was wouldn't it be cool if it also integrated with Well, I listened, and I have a new version coming soon with full integration. Because of that there is also going to be a name change, and I'm please to announce the imminent arrival of Songler. It will allow you to play Spotify content, and also will allow premium subscribers to play all of their stations properly within media center – even on extenders. Here's a sneak preview; integration with SpotifyMCE

At last – your two favourite music services merged together (assuming you aren't from the US in which case it's 1 of your favourite services and one you can't use). That's right,  I've just released the latest (beta) version of SpotifyMCE, which brings integration with When you play a track through SpotifyMCE, it will now scrobble that in to your music profile. Download version 0.9.3b for this great integration.


And I know I will get asked about launching stations from within SpotifyMCE. All I can say is stay tuned.


Please note – Songler is no longer maintained. You are free to download it and use it, but any issues will not be resolved.

Songler (formerly SpotifyMCE) is a fantastic add-in for Windows Media Center for playing music content from multiple legal streaming music providers – currently Spotify, and YouTube. It is the first Add-In for Windows Media Center to play Spotify content, and the most up to date Add-In. It allows both free and premium Spotify subscribers you to play any of Spotify’s 6  million tracks instantly, directly from your Media Center, all controlled with your remote. It also allows you to scrobble the tracks that you are playing in Songler to to build up your music profile, and subscribers can stream all of their radio stations too.




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Spotify Media Center Application Coming Soon

After listening to Helen and Ollie's Web 2009 Awards, and hearing them give the Public Service award to Spotify, I got really in to the free music service, and decided to write a Media Center application for it. At the moment it can search for artists, then drill down to albums and tracks to play those tracks individually via the regular spotify free application. It's got a bit of work to do still, but look out for a beta release soon.

My one question to you all is would people pay to buy a version that worked better but required a premium subscription? I'd need to pay for a premium subscription myself to be able to build it (you can't get access to the api without that), so I wouldn't be able to do it for free. The advantage of access to the premium subscription code is that better media center integration can be achieved with the Ogg audio played directly in media center, not via the Spotify application, although even then the Ogg format isn't supported on extenders, so it still wouldn't work with them. Anyone think it is worth it?

Another question is what about the name? SpotifyMCE seems just too uninspired, so I am open to suggestions.

UPDATE The beta is now available to download here.