MP3s, CCAs, WaVs and other audio formats require players (WMP, Real Player WinAmp etc. ), and these files must be associated with these players to open the files, i.e. to "play" the files. Associate the files with a non-player program and the music won't play (as well as other sound files with these file formats.). You can also configure the players not to play the files, or uninstall the players. However, students can get around that fairly easily. In fact, you won't be able to effectively prevent the students from playing the music without strict "administrative policies" (e.g. like students cannot install programs - students log-on with restricted accounts, etc.) Or, go back to basics - how about 1,000 lines if caught ? (I must not play MP3s while in class....) It is better to instill discipline.
We have a couple of pc's in our school that?s running on Windows XP Pro. We have a problem with the students that play mp3's on these pc's. We have no restrictions or policies set on these pc's as we don't want to restrict the use of these pc's.
BUT we need to prevent the playback of MP3's and also audio cd's so these pc's can be used for academic purposes instead of glorified mp3 players...
So what I?m looking for is a place where I can deny execution of .mp3 .cda files in windows. I have tried a software restriction policy but it was unsuccessful. Maybe I did it wrong or there is another way?
Any ideas will be appreciated.