World’s smallest multimedia player by a Karachiite

Here are the details about the achievement. While the world is going towards big screen displays, this seems like an achievemt in the opposite direction. But everything has a purpose. Perhaps the next generation of iPod Nano will use this technology.

Suggested by: fAr stAr

39 Comments so far

  1. Concerned (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    Just a word of advice sell the product, dont worry abt the Guiness book of records.

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    multimedia player software..

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    indians made $2500 nano car

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    While the world is going towards big screen displays, this seems like an achievemt in the opposite direction

    I dont know how did you conclude that world is goign towards big displays while more mobile devices with rich multimedia are getting popular. Even slashdot recently reported about Mobile Projectors.

  5. Huzefa L (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

    We need those nano cars here! They are awesome!
    Aliph Cars – Take notes from TATA! Thats how to make a cheap car sexy.

  6. fAr stAr (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

    B.B.C has interviewed Ghani and broadcasted it on their channel and also placed on its web site. You can read his interview by this link:

    His media player can be downloaded from this link.

    “Guinness World Records” have allowed posting his achievement details on their Community.

    On 8th January Ghani’s achievement details have been published on “PrideofPakistan” web site.

  7. Sameer (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    The Car is good magar hamara masla is waqt sasti cars nahin balkah we need energy kah hamare power ka masla solve ho

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    it should be embedded in all the new usb drives

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    the quality of sound is pretty good. Did anyone tried video file?

  10. MS (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:07 am

    Congrats to Ghani! well done.

    For others who don’t consider this significant news, guys with soo many bad news one after another, even a little nugget of good news like this is big!

  11. CitizenofKhi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:38 am

    @Umar, shame on your, You brought up this news after more then 2 years and instead of congratulating him on his achievement you are criticizing and calling it an achievment in an opposite direction.

    FYI, big screens have only been developed for the screen tvs, otherwise everybody is trying to develop small stuffs in electronics.

  12. CitizenofKhi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    @Umar, shame on you, You brought up this news after more then 2 years and instead of congratulating him on his achievement you are criticizing and calling it an achievment in an opposite direction.

    FYI, big screens have only been developed for the screen tvs, otherwise everybody is trying to develop small stuffs in electronics.

  13. imran (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    I admire his efforts, but what is the point of creating something which has no use. I downloaded the player and it is so tiny that you can’t even find the buttons easily. Due to lack of usibility no one would use this player.

  14. KhitoMiss (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:48 am

    Good for corporate environments :) your boss cant see it easily. Nice job Ghani.

  15. SS (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 4:24 am

    Lets name a chorangi on his name… How about Ghani Chorangi?

  16. DL (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 5:05 am

    I tried to run it on linux using wine, which gave the error that DirectSound isn’t installed. I therefore suspect that its using DirectSound for audio and DirectShow for video. This is basically just a “small” interface to an already existing library, and forgive me for being harsh, I fail to see any ingenuity in this. Why restrict yourself to 21 x 16 pixels, how about a 1×1 pixels display screen if the aim was to beat some world record.
    I also find the author’s comment “Perhaps the next generation of iPod Nano will use this technology.” quite amusing.

  17. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 5:07 am

    Very impressive!
    Thank you Umar
    Hopefully Government or the private sectors would take interest, encourage and invest in his ambitions and projects.
    Next could be the world smallest computer chip.

  18. DL (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 6:51 am

    Hate to spoil this moment of national glory, but time for some hard facts. The program uses windows media player in the backend to display movies and play sounds. For the more technically inclined, winmm.dll is listed in the nano.exe’s import table. This kind of project can be created in less than an hour. As for the “smallest” media player, you can create it to whatever dimensions you want by just changing certain parameters.

    Its amusing to see that it has been covered by BBC Urdu! The author would do a great service to the rest of us by removing this post.


  19. pkhan (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 9:09 am

    @ DL
    Good job of your criticizm but Could you make one by reducing the parameters? Lets not criticize just for the criticizm> May be you can atleat Design a NANO BURGER?

  20. BoZz (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 10:30 am

    Criticism is healthy. In fact is is necessary. Before we stand up and applaud like sub-continental monkeys, maybe it is prudent to wait till this, Ghani, Pride of Pakistan’s achievement is officially acknowledged.

    After all, we also have Qadir Khan, another Pride of Pakistan, who stole sensitive material from Netherlands!

  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 11:05 am

    Good for corporate environments :) your boss cant see it easily. Nice job Ghani.

    But he *can* see headphones or *hear* sound if using speaker :-)

  22. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 11:08 am

    By keeping his background in mind, he has done an awesome job which several degree holders might not be able to do. get a life guys!

  23. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    Stole from Netherland??? LOL!!
    Thats very bad if its true
    Btw acquiring atomic energy was for getting self sufficient in energy (Thats what I thought atleast) and provide electricity for its people.

    But they fooled the world and made an atomic bomb instead. Spent so much money , could have been spent on research and development (including on the dreams of this poor gentleman,Ghani)

    Security from whom? who would want this CRAZY country??
    But if they (world) dont want it and want to destroy it (soverign nation) , they will have to think twice.

    Conclusion: Bottom line, bring this country parallel with the world as quickly as possible!

  24. DL (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

    People! wake up! This is not hardware, just a piece of software, and not even a compeletly orignal one at that as its using windows media player to do all the hard stuff.

    I don’t intend to discourage the guy, but the way this software is being protrayed is amusing to the point of hilarious.

    Ask any decent IT graduate and he can tell you of the difficulty involved in creating such a software.

    Get a life people! I am sure Pakistan has many talented people, but lets not make a laughing stock out of ourselves.

  25. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    SNAP OUT OF IT !!!!


    Before it too late!!

  26. DL (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    I reflected on my comments, and it hit me that my comments might have been hurtful to the programmer of the software. My apologies. It is a very good effort given that you had no formal CS education, and you should continue to improve yourself and create better and useful software.

    The reason I got carried away might have been the title “World’s smallest multimedia player by a Karachiite”. It prepares you for something BIG (or should I say small :-)), and you get disappointed when you find out what it is.

    Its not an impressive technical feat, far far from it, but a nice effort on the part of the programmer.

    Just wanted to say a few kind words and put things in the right perspective :-).

  27. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    as ShahidnUSA pointed out government or the private sector should help talented individuals like help and offer them training and opportunity to grow.. this fellow due to financial reason is unable to continue his studies(BCS/MCS) ,higher education is really getting expense ,not every one can afford it

  28. pkhan (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

    All talented people are sitting in USA or UK,,Mr Ghani will see the light of west soon.It really does not matter iF you have BCS/MCS etc… long as you have “BRAIN”….Doctor BHUTTO.

  29. Mustafa (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

    @DL, i totally agree with you, they way it is portratid here and on is amusing, its just an interface, i dont see any kind of effort, though its size is just 520kb but what about the windows libraries its using? you can’t simply embed it in a usb/mobile device becuase it would require whole mess of libs from windows. i also tried it on my ubuntu and it simply failed becuase of lake of libs.

    by saying all this i am not discouraging talent in Pakistan. i know the youth of Pakistan got many talented guys. remember little girl from faisalabad. also if you guys dont know first computer virus was developed by a Pakistani,

    FYI, iscrybe (an online organizer) is also made by a Pakistani software house based in ISB.

  30. Muhammad Kashif (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

    It’s a good achievement. We need to appreciate such peoples.

  31. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

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  32. Faraz (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

    Here’s what I understood from the description of the project:

    The size in pixels means that its a UI (user interface) or software based multimedia player.

    If that is the case, then the size is a problem not a feature since user interfaces are supposed to let the user control the software and if the UI is smaller than a desktop icon then then it’s pretty much useless.

    I don’t get it, what’s the big deal here?

  33. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 9:48 am

    Good job!

  34. babel (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    good effort but the super excited “worlds smallest” headline sounds questionable, i mean I dont even remember reading about it on pakpositive either

  35. thinker (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 12:15 am

    I don’t get it either…what’s the big deal here really? using resident windows libraries to come up with an impossible to navigate menu. Effort apart, it’s just a matter of copying a few lines of code. But that’s how it is, the whole country is full of “Asia’s biggest, South-Asis’s smallest…” kind of stuff! what is the pride in that?

  36. Zaheer (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 8:10 am


    the claims are not true. There are mediaplayers with sizes under 100KB. Ask me for confoimations. However, our attitude should be supportive and not critical. At this juncture of our development, we need to encourage more young people, we need more motivating stories. So even this player is not the smallest, it still deserves our praise, being a small step in the RIGHT direction, which is more indigenious Research and development and entrepreneurship (plz forgive my spellings). finally, we must not forget humbleness, it is really more important to concentrate on our work , rather than making huge claims about them. If the work is great, sooner or later the world will know about it. So just make your invention known, and dont throw in grand adjectives.

  37. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

    he wasn’t claiming it to be world smallest disk space size wise.. it was world smallest gui/interface.. he cramped all the functions of a media player into a gui smaller then a desktop icon..(its hard to use but still he did some thing which no one else did before..)

  38. IMAD (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    smallest media player(with features like Skins, Aspec Ratio and lot more….)
    SIZE: 329 KB

    smalled media player (very simple)
    SIZE: Just 2KB…

  39. Windows Media Player (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 12:06 am

    Good Piece of Information.


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