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Since I like to use the old stuff, I might approach your question from a low-tech perspective.
First, the power outages mean you’ll need some way to restart, and one easy way to do that is to use an older AT platform PC with the hardware based on/off switch. Leave the power switch in the ‘on’ position, and whenever the power comes back the PC will restart.
Next, you’ll need some software that will start up and run when the PC powers up. A super easy way to do that is to use DOS as your operating system, and write and autoexec.bat file to load your player and playlist on start-up.
If you want to run a GUI, you could use WIN98, as it starts with a batch file, and you could also use the start menu option to load your player and playlist upon power-up.
An easy WIN player to use would be an older WinAmp, like ver 2.8 or 2.9, found on oldversion.com
For DOS, you could use MPX Play or Agis MP3 or Juke MP3
An older Soundblaster, ISA Pro or II will run under dos with no drivers, all you need is the SETBLASTER string.
Either way, load up your MP3s, your play list and your batch/start files, hit the hardware power switch, and walk away. The playlist will manage your content while the PC is on, and if the power goes out the pc will restart and start delivering content in about 30-90 seconds, depending on the pc.
I’ve been running a DOS based MIDI system on an old 233 AT and it’s been running smoothly for two years and a dozen power outs.
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