1. Could an external sound card handle this, i.e., use 2 different sound cards simultaneously for DIFFERENT applications?
2. The other solution that occurred to me, but would have the detriment of not handling streaming audio, is a cheap (flash-based, relatively large form factor) digitial media player (like a Shuffle but .wma-capable, with VBR) that could be stationed permanently at the computer so that the playlist du jour could be dumped into it. To make that work well, I'd want it to be able to play while USB-connected to the PC. That's not the kind of question that anybody answer in their specs; anyone have experience with one that would work?