Music Player

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The RuneScape music player

The Music Player is the screen on the interface where players can choose the background music they hear. Many different tracks are unlocked as they play the game, and the player has a counter that keeps track of how many songs the player has unlocked. Players will be informed via red text in the chat box whenever they unlock a new track. When a new song is unlocked the Music Player will automatically switch to the new song. Currently since 20 March 2023 there are 1,348 music tracks on the Music Player.

The buttons at the top of the Music Player allow to search for a music track, enable music track shuffle, loop the currently playing track, and toggle between displaying locked, unlocked, and all music tracks. Players can click on green titles to choose which track to listen to. Titles in red have not been unlocked, and thus cannot be played. A right-click "Unlock hint" option provides information on where to unlock each music track. The playlist button allows access to up to 100 music tracks saved in a custom playlist.

Updates[edit | edit source]

  • Since 5 February 2008, after the Audio Week music update, the game informs players via red text in the chat box whenever they unlock a new track.
  • On 3 April 2008, Mod Mark revealed that the counter would also show the maximum number of songs in a future update. For example, a player with all tracks unlocked would see "Unlocked: 608/608" on their music player. On 1 July 2008, with the release of the RuneScape HD update, the music counter showed the total number of tracks as: "Unlocked: 550/549".
  • As of 9 April 2008, the music counter had a bug, where it read 1 number higher than the actual songs unlocked. For new accounts, the newbie list had 20 songs, but the counter read 21. On 3 April 2008, Mod Mark stated that a fix for the aforementioned bug had already been written and was currently in testing. On 9 April 2008, he stated that the counter fix is still in the pipeline, and that there is a queue so even very small updates can take a while to complete. On 14 July 2008, with the release of the Bank Update and Item Lending, the counter was finally fixed, showing the correct number of songs unlocked.
  • With the HD graphics update, the Music Player in fullscreen High Detail mode became translucent. It appeared at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Historical[edit | edit source]

RuneScape map from May 2006 with all music areas marked on it.

Before the music system update on 5 February 2008, each area had a certain music track that unlocked and played there. Some music tracks were used in multiple areas. When music was being added for the release of RuneScape 2, the music areas were squares that consisted of 64 by 64 tiles.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included—see here for how to help out!
  • ninja 6 April 2021 (Update):
    • The Music Playlist has been expanded from 30 to 100 slots, more than tripling the number of favourite songs you can blast on your journey around Gielinor.
    • The Music Playlist now lists the number of tracks that have been added to it.
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Certain music tracks beginning with "The" now appear in their proper places within the music player.
  • patch 12 February 2018 (Update):
    • Playlist mode on the music player no longer plays incorrect tracks.
  • ninja 4 December 2017 (Update):
    • Players can now loop the currently playing track via a new loop track button within the music player interface. This will work for tracks within the global book, tracks when entering an area and tracks within a playlist.
  • ninja 14 September 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now store up to 30 music tracks in a playlist.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Adjusting transparency on the interfaces no longer changes players music settings.
    • The shuffle and skip buttons in the music player now work correctly.
  • patch 20 December 2010 (Update):
    • The Music player now remembers its scroll position when teleporting.
  • update 19 August 2010 (Update):
    • The music interface now has a search feature so you can easily find the tracks you're after, which should be useful when you're creating a playlist or simply looking for those tracks you've just unlocked.
  • patch 19 August 2010 (Update):
    • Music will now play correctly during Myths of the White Lands.
  • update 8 February 2010 (Update):
    • For those who like to listen to RuneScape’s music while playing the game, you can now set up a custom playlist of up to twelve of your favourite tracks.
    • We’ve also taken the time to make ‘shuffle’ and ‘clear playlist’ buttons.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Several music tracks have been recategorised.
  • update 18 Mar 2008 (Update):
    • The music system now has a counter which keeps 'track' of how many songs you've unlocked. You'll have the Air Guitar emote in no time!
  • update 5 Feb 2008 (Update):
    • Now, our new music system plays songs all the way to the end, at which point a new song is chosen that is appropriate to your area - provided you have unlocked it of course!
    • If you unlock a track by entering a new area, the system will interrupt your current song in favour of the new tune, ensuring that you hear all new songs.
    • Also, if you encounter a boss NPC or start a cutscene with added music, the system will, of course, interrupt your current song to play the appropriate tune to accompany the action.
    • The 'loop song on/off' button now looks a little like a recycle symbol.
    • We have added a right-click option to locked song names in the music player, which will tell you exactly where to unlock it. This means that you don't need to hunt through the Knowledge Base to find out where "Throne of the Demon" can be unlocked, for instance.
  • update 15 March 2004 (Update):
    • Music player added to RuneScape 2 beta.
    • Runescape 2 now has a music player in addtion to the default music for each area. In the bottom right corner of the game screen select the musical note to use the music interface.
    • As you go into new areas in Runescape you will unlock the pieces of music being played there.
    • Click on them in the music interface and you can play each tune whenever you like, so long as you have unlocked it.
    • Click the auto button to go back to playing the default music for each area you walk into.

See also[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A glitch used to cause any music track to pause every few seconds while other sounds continued playing. This has been fixed.
  • Music stops playing once all songs from the playlist have been played once, and default songs stop playing after they finish; until a player selects a new music track or, moves to a different area where a different song would usually play.
  • When it was first released, the music player was only available in the high-detail mode, the interface text was 'To reduce memory requirements music & sounds are only available in the high-detail. If you wish to hear these please switch versions, but bear in mind things will run more slowly as a result.'