Pyaudio allows us to play and record sounds with Python. To play MP3, however, we first need to convert the MP3 file to WAV format with ffmpeg. To use ffmpeg in Python, we use an interface tool called Pydub, which directly calls our ffmpeg executable and integrates with Pyaudio.
pip install pyaudio pip install pydub
from pydub import AudioSegment song = AudioSegment.from_mp3('test.mp3') play(song)
If ffmpeg isn't installed on the machine, AudioSegment will fail to locate the mp3 file. There are a few solutions:
- Install ffmpeg and add to environment path
- Copy ffmpeg to the same folder as the python file
- Static link ffmpeg to pydub
Let's talk about the third option.
By static linking ffmpeg, our program would be portable: users would not need to manually install ffmpeg to their OS.
Download ffmpeg and copy it to your script directory.
import os import platform from pathlib import Path from pydub import AudioSegment AudioSegment.ffmpeg = path_to_ffmpeg() platform_name = platform.system() if platform_name == 'Windows': os.environ["PATH"] += os.pathsep + str(Path(path_to_ffmpeg()).parent) else: os.environ["LD_LIBRARY_PATH"] += ":" + str(Path(path_to_ffmpeg()).parent) def path_to_ffmpeg(): SCRIPT_DIR = Path(__file__).parent if platform_name == 'Windows': return str(Path(SCRIPT_DIR, "win", "ffmpeg", "ffmpeg.exe")) elif platform_name == 'Darwin': return str(Path(SCRIPT_DIR, "mac", "ffmpeg", "ffmpeg")) else: return str(Path(SCRIPT_DIR, "linux", "ffmpeg", "ffmpeg")) song = AudioSegment.from_mp3('test') play(song)
The program should now be able to run and play the mp3 file. The path added to os environment is temporary and would be gone when the python program is completed.