Preston-
     Yes you can do that a few different ways:
with backticks:    `mplayer myfile.mp3`
or system:    system("mplayer myfile.mp3")
or %x:          %x{ mplayer myfile.mp3 }

HTH
-Ezra
On Jul 14, 2005, at 4:05 PM, Preston Crawford wrote:

> I'm trying to use it to scrape the URL for one of my favorite radio
> shows (All Things Considered) since it isn't available to me in  
> portable
> format on Linux. I'd like to scrape the URL, parse the XML and as I
> navigate the tree make external calls to mplayer, etc. Should this be
> theoretically possible? Never done this with Ruby before.
>
> Preston
>

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