SoundPlayer.PlayLooping Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Plays and loops the .wav file using a new thread, and loads the .wav file first if it has not been loaded.

Namespace: System.Media
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public void PlayLooping ()
public void PlayLooping ()
public function PlayLooping ()

Exception typeCondition


The elapsed time during loading exceeds the time, in milliseconds, specified by LoadTimeout.


The file specified by SoundLocation cannot be found.


The .wav header is corrupted; the file specified by SoundLocation is not a PCM .wav file.

The PlayLooping method plays and loops the sound using a new thread. If you call PlayLooping before the .wav file has been loaded into memory, the .wav file will be loaded before playback starts. You can use the LoadAsync or Load method to load the .wav file to memory in advance. After a .wav file is successfully loaded from a Stream or URL, future calls to playback methods for the SoundPlayer will not need to reload the .wav file until the path for the sound changes.

If the .wav file has not been specified or it fails to load, the PlayLooping method will play the default beep sound.

For more information about PlayLooping, see How to: Loop a Sound Playing on a Windows Form.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the PlayLooping method to repeatedly play a .wav file. The .wav will be played until the Stop method is called. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the SoundPlayer class.

ReportStatus("Looping .wav file asynchronously.");

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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