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fixed 5.22+ compat problem

fixed 5.22+ compat problem


A track change notifier plugin. Displays notification popups with album / CD cover art display from either a file such as folder.jpg or from ID3 tags. Support for Now Playing titles in MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.

The toasts can be skinned to the classic Winamp or custom skin. They animate using various animations. Format the display to show anything you like using an enhanced Advanced Title Formatting. A must have for the Winamp power user.

Includes Gen_tips for tooltips in the playlist.

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February 19, 2004 by shane hird1233211 downloads

Toaster - fixed 5.22+ compat problem

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Pop-up track change notification window for classic skins (updated version).

Straightforward and nicely designed track-change notification plugin. Displays a pop-up window with the track id3 info... the fading and holding time can be configured. Updated version with better support for internet streams and files without title information.


I have used your plug-in for a few days now and I would have to admit that as a long time user of Winamp this is the most VERSATILE plugin of its kind! Great work! I do agree with Mike Vertx though, config screen could use a little cleaning up and clarification. The fact that it is also skinnable is a great feature as well. Thanks so much for the upload. Please keep on tweaking Toaster. - June 6, 2010 by Spirit Wolfe

great plugin, issues:confusing adjustment settings.Ideally would like the transparent version seen in the 3rd image above, however there is not an easy setting to select that.also font adjustments are confusing and difficult to read.3.5 stars it does what it says and works with lots of options! - December 23, 2009 by Mike Vertx

is there a rating more than 5? - a powerfull and lightwieght plugin. actually i have "Toaster", "cd art display" and winamp itself trying to update may msn "now playing". unfortunatelly winamp is unstoppable, and i need "CAD" to update may cover art in msn avatar (but it is so heavy loaded with skins and unneeded features and doesn't work every time) i hoppe one day "Toaster" could update msn avatar too. - September 15, 2008 by diassuncao di

1234 - 1234 - April 20, 2008 by SICK Bu S haha

The best change notifier plugin I know - I've been searching for a similar plugin for much time and now I got it. It's fantastic, it works well and let you show the information you want. - January 4, 2008 by Jevo Jevacha

lichu - ta muy bueno los felicito chau - November 25, 2007 by lichu lichu

Incompatible with Vista - This looks like it would be great plugin, but on vista, every notification end up with odd bright green highlights. - November 22, 2007 by Dan T

Great !! - I needed a plugin that would display just the title + artist + rating in a single line. Toaster does it and let me position it so that the songinfo overlays my otherwise not used titlebar of the application. - October 1, 2007 by Sam Van Kerckhoven

Delightful addition to winamp - As a broadcaster you would find this likeably unpbtrusive, handy and just a nice touch to your station. It is by no means an imperative addition but most plug ins are like that...a great winamp cosmetic that borders on a requirement so 10/10 nice one.. use it all the time - August 30, 2007 by mick gordon

Professional Work - Best program in this type. Please fix transparency problem with vista. Thank you. - July 17, 2007 by Behrooz Pakzad

erzz - dsqfdsq - July 6, 2007 by morad12 starrock

Very good - This is the perfect plugin for Msn. Totally customizable, you can disable the alert windows if you want it.Operating with Radio streaming without any problem. Very recommend really. Enjoy it. - June 13, 2007 by Juan Carlos

really usefull tool - The only thing what I'm missing is FLAC embedded cover support. Maybe that could be added in future?Thangs for this tool! - May 22, 2007 by Gottkaiser 85

Essential!!! - Damn fine plug in! Well thought through. The only option not available is that you can't set it to tell you the next song that will play 3 (or whatever) seconds before it starts. But only freaks like me would want that option. :) - April 27, 2007 by mr.e heavydropdtuning

essensial... - ...from how have winamp and msn. - March 29, 2007 by serguei dias

Finally a Toaster that does what it's supposed to - A really slick plugin that does just what you want it to. Simple an easy to configure and super fast to install. No hidden CPU draining ad or toolbars. Just as a small suggestion, for future versions how about providing a little feature where the album or single artwork appears in place of your MSN display picture. Keep up the good work Finally repeat after me... Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast Toast so what do you normally put in a toaster then? - March 12, 2007 by chris hughes

Love it, extra dimension for Winamp!! - if you like skinning your pc/winamp than this is a must-have install for you! I'll post my toaster notifier here soon so you know why I love it so much, have a great background + all the info about the song you want to know (you can decide by yourself what info toaster must display). 5* for me, definitely - March 1, 2007 by Elboo Rolink

Wow - this is totaly awesome. + unlike other gen modules it actually removes the internet radio bit when im playing from shoutcast, which means its just the shit :P :O - February 23, 2007 by Ardavan Shafiee

Must have! - One of the best Winamp Plugins ever! - December 24, 2006 by Philipp R

Awesome plug-in - This is just what I was looking for! I love knowing what song is playing without having to hover over the winamp icon. Does anyone know how this works when a Creative Zen Vision: M is connected? It comes in as "Internet Radio" and none of the information shows up. I hope someone knows so I can use this at work to keep me busy! - December 21, 2006 by Aaron Bergeron

Usefull to the bone - This is one of those plugins you hook on easely and cant live without it.... Recomended! - November 22, 2006 by Veljko Vukovic

wow ! - i'm ready for v1.0 ! but when !!! this plug in is so cool !!! - November 20, 2006 by Burning_Angel _

Spot on ! - just installed this addon and it works flawless on my machine, i like the way the pop ups can be customised so that they can be changed by the user and not by the programmer. !!!!!!!!!!WINAMP ROCKS!!!!! - October 23, 2006 by Kevin Dodds

Somebody help me - Somebody tell me how to load a cover art for any song.Step by step please. - October 15, 2006 by Eduard Delacroix

A Great Thing - I love it , a MUST have . BUT please anyone who can help . I still try to find out how can I change the the picture on every song that is played . I want every song with the picture of the artist - how do I do that ? Please HELP . - October 8, 2006 by Ekaterina Todorova

Awesome! - This is an amazing notification plugin! It's really nice being able to have it display album art too. All it needs is Unicode support once the Winamp 5.25 SDK gets released. - August 3, 2006 by John Christmann

Perfect - Beautifully blends itself into my skin and has enough options to make my compulsive ass happy. Truly good stuff here. - July 6, 2006 by John Greene

Sweetness - Excellent plugin, tons of options. Now let's see some more skins support for this thing! - May 27, 2006 by Steve Monroe

Nothing to say - Nothing to say about this plugin.. It's just my favorite.. very simple to install and configure.. and works fine without slowing down your computer :-). - April 5, 2006 by Ernst Keuss

Misfunction - This plug-in isn't working in new versions of Winamp (5.2x). The player neither opens. - March 19, 2006 by Bruno Almeida

Something's Wrong - I love the plugin, but it doesn't work properly for me. Reading some of the earlier reviews, I seem to be having a similar problem as some other people were. The popup only pops up sometimes. Mainly when the winamp window has focus, which I'm sure you'll agree, defeats the purpose of the plugin. I hope someone can shed some light. I'd like to get it working properly. I'll still give it a 5. - March 15, 2006 by blind moses

Great! - I really like this plugin. All my mp3-directory's have a 'folder.jpg'-file so Toaster can handle the files very good. Have a look at my site for a (Dutch) review of this plugin at the following url: - February 28, 2006 by Rogier Lommers

Please tell me how does it work? - I have downloaded it and installed it as well but please tell me what to do next? I cant get anything........ Please tell me the step by step procedure in detail - February 27, 2006 by Nishith Chauhan

nice, but... - My winamp crashes if I select corner amp... but the other ones are great! :) - February 4, 2006 by Maja Djordjevic

Couldn't Live Without It - This is by far the nicest plugin i have ever used. It's customizable in many ways, does what it claims it does (very well i might add) and makes the music selection process much easier when using hidden/docked winamp toolbars/playlists. This plugin beats out the default WA5 modern skin notifications 10 fold by providing much more customization to its look and many more options for display (such as cover tags). - February 3, 2006 by Eric Nemchik

Oh dear. - This versoin of the MSN plugin disabled my media buttons on my logitech keyboad solution, something which to me is just plain unacceptable. However, the older version of the msn plugin does not obstruct my logitech keys. - January 26, 2006 by Noia Unknown

Great for Messenger 7.0 but not for 8.0 - Yesterday I downloaded this plugin for Messenger 7.0, it works great! But today I got Messenger 8.0 and which it doesn't seem to work with. - January 17, 2006 by Holly_Elizabeth Marjoram

Please make it a 5 star - Excellent excellent plugin. Vey slick, no fuss and eye candy. One thing though, an automatic cover search option on the net. There are others that do this but i don\'t want to have a number of other plugins running. - January 4, 2006 by Sea Nature

DAM KOOL!!!! Plugin For Winamp - I got it for my Winamp cause winamp Kicks A** but i would defanitaly get this plug in it's great you can have it pop up any way you want changes font, color, And so much more so go and give it a try. I would give it a 10 star but i can only use 5 star they said no to 10 star oh well. Give it a try today. Also how ever made this you are awsome. - January 4, 2006 by Mike Yankovich

hi - for good!!!!!! - December 31, 2005 by ugur uzlu

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! - This plugin, when you learn to tweak it, is awesome! It would be handy, however, to have a list of the syntax entries in the formatting section. Otherwise, excellent work! - November 13, 2005 by Michael Loux

cool!! - Undoubtedly, this is the one of the coolest plug-ins I have ever downloaded. The only problem I can point out is this makes winamp slower. However, this has made my winamp life more enjoyable as well. Thanks!!! - November 6, 2005 by katsu yamagishi

Simple, powerful and customizable - If you're looking for a powerful notifier for WinAmp, I can make you sure Toaster is the best: 1. you can choose your favourite style or the style that better fits among the pre-installed ones; 2. you can set up the duration of your animation and select the animation you like; 3. you can format the text, decide where the text has to be displayed; 4. you can make skins for the plug-in and you can import them into it so you can easily use 'em; 5. you choose what have to be shown (artist name, song title, album title, album cover...) ; What you're waiting for?? Download it! ;) - October 29, 2005 by Stefano Pastore

Cool - Cool - October 27, 2005 by Ryan seiznem

Excelletly Done - Clean smooth apperance, nice features and not too cluttered which is often a problem with home made pluggins 'n' things. works well, dose what it says on the tin, congrats shane hird on a nice peice of work. - September 26, 2005 by John Ravenscroft

The Best of the Bunch - Ace. Configuration a-plenty. Works fine with streaming media such as internet radio (where some others do not). - September 1, 2005 by Chris Steele

the best messenger titler - proving many plug-ins i decide that is the best for change that i?m listening now, becouse you can add album, artist, track or everiting you like to show!!! Nice work!! COCO MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU - August 29, 2005 by David Cortelezzi

doesnt work if you dont have media player - It doesn't work if we don't have windows mediaplayer 9 or higher msn is not allow to show any title without the microsoft player so ... - August 20, 2005 by jeremy x

Great - This plugin is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - August 6, 2005 by Lukasz Olesiak

Great! - This plugin works great! The MSN feature also works like a charm. Since Winamp doesn't not support "Notifiers" for classic skins, Toaster do this work, adding us the possibility to customize the notifier. - July 9, 2005 by Rodrigo Vieira

The Great and The Error - These features should be included in every default winamp download. You are insane not to get this. It is insanely user configurable. It is kinda hard to get it looking as nicely as the pictures to the left, but as long as you stick with it you will eventually get it exactly how you like it. Someone should make a guide or add a lot more settings that users could send in or get from a site. I have one problem that hasn't been fixed for a year. When I have winamp 5 playing a song with this plugin (only does this with plugin) and I shut down my computer winamp stops the computer from getting shut down with some error that it cant stop the process because windows is shutting down but that dialog popping up stops windows from getting shut down unless I click OK. Is there any fix or a website for this problem? Thanks. - June 3, 2005 by John Georgiou

Non-starter - Broke winamp by making it invisible except in the taskbar, + only closeable with task manager. Couldn\'t uninstall and had to remove the files individually as a result. Poor. - May 29, 2005 by Martin Keane

LOAD ARTIST - ALBUM jpg covers with this :o) - Great program i use another to get the covers, winmp cd case and automatically download the covers to the directory where the song is, i configured the program to save the cover's jpegs like the format artist - album. So after i figured out how to load them with toaster, in preferences and covers, just type: %dir%\\%artist% - %album%.jpg That's all ( i also unchecked the id3v2 covers option just to upload the downloaded images with the wccase program) Take care ;o) Sergio Claver from Lima PERU !!! [email protected] - May 28, 2005 by sergio claver

Not know how too work - hi, I dont know how I instal it! Can somebody help me? - May 20, 2005 by Sebastian Naess

Exelent Plugin BUT........ - I have not had any probs running this plugin, but it does seem to contain a Trojan.. Downloader.lstbar.8.K. This could be y some people have been having probs with CPU usage @ 100%. I use AVG Free edition. - April 24, 2005 by tokes smoker

AVG error - AVG falsely identifies this and all other progams that use the NSIS installer as that trojan. This is a false positive. Upgrade your signatures for AVG and you wont get this error. It is *very* unlikely this would be causing 100% CPU usage especially if winamp has closed, it is only possible for it to run while Winamp is running. Please report bugs and questions to the winamp forums or to my email rather than writing misinformed "reviews". - April 24, 2005 by shane hird

n1 - hammer geiles tool !! - April 23, 2005 by Tyrael Doedel

Not working? - Blame MSN Messenger if this is not working for you - it is dependent on the status of the MSN network. Before whining about it not working, test with WMP to confirm that it is a problem with Toaster only, and not MSN Messenger. See for more information, and a plugin that does the MSN title updates without the notification popup. - April 23, 2005 by shane hird

Possible Problem - The program seems to work fine and do all it says. So, I used it for awhile and everything's fine. I then shut down WinAmp for awhile while I step away from my computer for about half an hour. I then come back to find my computer running extremely slowly and constantly at 100% CPU usage. Reboots did not help and no matter if I shut everything down or not, it would stay at 100% and programs would not open. I ended up reformatting my computer and starting afresh. This was the only thing I had downloaded and installed on my computer on that day. It's hard to blame anything else, and needless to say I don't want to risk that again, so this won't be reinstalled. Such a shame because it seems like a nice plug-in. - April 23, 2005 by Paul C.

Works on and off - I'm going to go through the documentation again, but I am having some wierd issues with this plugin. It works at wierd times. - April 23, 2005 by Am Raza

It works sometimes - For some reason, the plugin works flawlessly at times. Other times, it doesn't work at all. Even after restarting the programs and my computer. It has a mind of its own. I just can't figure it out. Gen MSN is not available for download, so I'm stuck with Toaster. Grrr - April 22, 2005 by Am Raza

Excellent! - Works very well for what I wanted, I configured it exactly how I waned for my needs, very straight forward! nice! - April 21, 2005 by Mike OHara

awesome and well done - Great professionally done plugin, and great art work. Two thumbs up!!! - April 21, 2005 by Art K

other don't see my song - Ok, heres the thing. It works nicely, but only few in my messenger list see it working. I think others see it if they have a certain version of MSN or something. And it wount help to DL the latest. I really havent figured out whats the problem. Anyone!? - April 20, 2005 by onaanin endurance

Respect - Kudos Shane, a well written and thought out plugin. One thing that just came to mind, the little song display window on the desktop (shown in the pictures) also show a countdown for the time elapsed (or time remaining) for the current song that is playing. Just a thought. Other then that, thank you and well done. - April 19, 2005 by John D

WHOA - just for the msn song playing nick it worth for =)))). Great protukt - April 18, 2005 by Jean Desrochers

Nice One! - was hoping to find a plugin for the "what i'm listening to" and this one does the job :) *bows* - April 17, 2005 by Oso Marron

Perfect!!! - I was searching some plugins just for those two functions, and this one is perfect por that!! Thank you so much shane hird :-) - April 17, 2005 by David Pozo Navarro

Having issues? - For people having issues.. make sure your input plugins aren't foobared. Read the documentation. For people not wanting the notification component, take a look at for a plugin which doesn't have this. @sam stewart.. seems as thoough you have another plugin updating the titles... dont blame Toaster. Take a look for another MSN Messenger plugin installed and delete it or choose between the two. Ive seen many people with this issue thanks to MSN messenger "packs" which silently install such a plugin. - April 13, 2005 by shane hird

features that dont actually work - Everything works apart from being able to order the \'Artist - Title\' feature, i can see it display it how i want it (Artist - Title) THEN in a millisecond it changes it to T - A.... if i use default settings, it still displays T - A. Great. - April 13, 2005 by sam stewart

Great plugin - This plugin does everything it promises. MSN support is great. It has everything I have ever wished.. - April 13, 2005 by Markus Kortesmaa

Good-ish - I did not like the fact that i actually had to upgrade to winamp 5.0 since it really hogs alot of memory, unlike 2.95 which i used before that, which did all i wanted it, too. apparently there used to be 2.95 support before, but now it's gone. Also I'd love to see support for .cue-files since alot of my mp3s use that function (Similiar to mp3cue [plug-in]). So everytime a new song is started in the .cue it will show a toast. Another function that I would like to see is that it changes your MSN display picture to the album cover that you currently have. It would be great if there was an option not to show a toast (or replacement picture) at all if no cover was found. Other than those few issues it does what it's supposed to. Good work! - April 11, 2005 by Woxxy Nullsoft

Nice, but crashy... - This is how my sad story ended with Toaster :( First of all I didn't find the option to turn off these popups, but then when it began crashing Winamp while trying to change tracks in the playlist, I said bye-bye immediately :( Nice try though...the Messenger part works quite nice ;) - April 11, 2005 by Laszlo Gardonyi

Ooooh super!! - Yes i like it very much, it reads pictures inside your mp3 (if it has one) and i also like to see what other (cool, i have only cool;) peoples like to listen to. MASSIVE RESPECT Big it up 4 Shane Hird!! - April 11, 2005 by Elboo Rolink

Great - This Thing Dose Exactly What I Want It to Do. Update The Tack information in Messenger. :D - April 11, 2005 by Chard Davis

Wonderful Wonderful - This is a fabulous program. I love that it lets people know what you are listening to. It is important to note that you must have the newest MSN, which is 7.0 not the beta version. I love that I can use winamp and not WMP (which I hate) on this new MSN feature. - April 9, 2005 by j northey

Great plugin - I loved this, mainly because it lets people know what you are listening to in MSN Messenger. Thanks a lot shane!!! - April 9, 2005 by daniel ďż˝

*GRR* - Been looking for a plugin that changes my MSN nick... and i thought this would be the one! Boy was I kidding... I'm using MSN Messenger 7.0.0429 BETA... THE LATEST AVAILABLE! So, what's this I hear of 7.0.0632... It doesn't exist! Thanx for wasting more of my bandwidth on a useless excuse of a plugin - March 23, 2005 by Travis Brown

Read the description - @Travis: It states quite clearly what version is required, perhaps you should have read that? Did you try google for the latest version of MSN Messenger? Seriously, it would have taken less time to google for "MSN Messenger 7.0.0632" than to write that review. - March 23, 2005 by shane hird

great plugin - I love it :) - March 20, 2005 by ana thema

Excellent eye-candy! - Nice plugin! The eye-candy added by this plugin to Winamp is fantastic! Highly recommended!!! YOU MUST DOWNLOAD NOW!! *evil laugh* - March 17, 2005 by Winamp_Fanboy McFanboy

a must have ! - Makes listening to music with winamp just a bit more enjoyable, the only plugin you *really* need ! - March 11, 2005 by Arthur Bear

Fine! - Exetrmly usefull thing. The thing i've needed for a long time - February 4, 2005 by Renat Vasilyev

Everything I wanted - I wanted a plugin that would just display the album art. Nothing more complicated than that. This does that, with a cute little pop-up everytime the song changes. Perfect. - January 17, 2005 by Peter Risser

The Best is CLearly to Come - This plugin is the first and only plugin that I've tried that doesn't crash WinAmp. It does what it is supposed to do, but the best features seem to be unavailable at this time. I don't want to rush production, (we all know what that could cause) but I eagerly anticipate the next version. - November 9, 2004 by Drew Brown

WOW! Is all I can say... - This is the first time I have ever bothered to review a plug-in but this one really deserves it. Im really impressed with this. I live everything about it, cool name, cool idea and cool fade in and fade out of the song... Damn, its working as I type this and I still cant get over how cool it is. 5 Stars.... - November 5, 2004 by Ham Patel

Simply great! - This is really a great plugin. It is especialyl amazing for WinAmp radio where it shows you the songs as they change. But even on a private collection it is great, the album and the easy ability to rate music. That's one work well done. Keep it up! - November 4, 2004 by Vitaly Belman

Verry good :) - Really nice plugin ;) I only have my music in 1 sub folder (Like My music/Artist/Song.mp3) So I made up a folder.jpg with writing of each artist, and made the file hiden.. And each time it changes song, I get a nice big picture with the artist name in it :) One day I'll arrange them in to album folders, but I don't have enough songs yet to merit that ;) Oh, Radiohead, Nirvana? Good bands :) - Ben - October 16, 2004 by Ben Dickson

Wery cool - The best :-) - October 13, 2004 by Kordian Ogonowski

Fabulous - I love this plug-in Its customizable, its fun, its informative. easily 5 stars. - August 31, 2004 by Richard Vardaro

I love Toaster - In my opinion, Winamp 5 is nearly perfect. But a Plug-In such as Toaster was missing. I work virtually the whole day at my computer and I hear my favourite music with Winamp. Sometimes, I don't know, which song is actually playing and I must open the main Window of Winamp. But now it's over, 'cause Toaster shows me whats playing! I love this Plug-In, thanks Shane Hird for this beatiful & asskicking Plug-In! Hope you will update it soon. - August 18, 2004 by Nico Heister

Absolutely Class - In the eternal "iTunes vs. WinAMP" battle, unintuitive song rating was a thorn in the side of WinAMP. This fixes it. Rating songs becomes a doddle, and of course you get notification in every skin for good measure. Small problem with mouse wheel focus with Logitech MX700, since clicking moves onto the next track, but using the "Cruise Control" buttons rather than the wheel DOES work, so 5* it is! - June 1, 2004 by Ben Ward

Perfect! - This is exactly what I was looking for and then some! As a modern skins user, I was concerned Toaster would work only with the WA5 Modern Skin but it works with all of the modern skins in my library! Great job and my thanks !!!! - May 23, 2004 by AE 4713

great plug, but.. - A very nice job! Almost deserves 5 stars! And I would rate it 5, but something rather important is missing.. I don\'t know if Musepack (MP+) is used by a very great number of people, but probably enough that APE tag support could be added.. All my files are named: artist-album-tracknumber-title..And I think you can immagine how long the window gets if you want to see the whole thing.. So if you could, please:) - May 9, 2004 by Joshua M

On the edge of perfection - Just an almost perfect plugin, absolutely perfect for me, I LOVE IT! Shanne you're the best! I believe there's just a few edges to clean for example: The options in the config panel don't seam to stay selected for me ("sync with DB" and "use playlist font" options), don't know why :S but on the overall it's a great plug and I just don't give it the five stars because of this minor bug. - March 31, 2004 by Lu�s Nabais

streaming content - great popup notifier, but when connecting to streams, it shows part of the IP or something obscure - March 9, 2004 by D J

previous button again - i'm sorry. my fault. it was all written in readme file... - March 8, 2004 by M. Feky

Tips - This is my plugin (and hey I give it 5 stars 'cause I use it). Read the readme-toaster.txt for tips on how to use it and my email address. To go to the previous track, hold shift when clicking. Press the middle mouse button to open the winamp window. Support for Win98, other animation styles and title formatting is pending for a future release. - March 7, 2004 by shane hird

previous button - something like previous button could be useful :) - March 7, 2004 by M. Feky

Superb - very beautiful work. thank you. - February 20, 2004 by Patrick NOURRY

Rip - I can\'t get this to work. I can make it pop up in preview, but nothing pops up for songs. - February 20, 2004 by Daniel Nutt