I think the best bet is to go with using Win32::API. I have used this module to easily allow my perl program to control Winamp. Here is a short example that uses a function in the user32.dll to send a Win32 message to Winamp to obtain its playback status.
my $winampHandle = Win32::GUI::FindWindow("Winamp v1.x", "");
print "Handle: $winampHandle\n";
my $sendMessage = new Win32::API("user32", "SendMessageA", ['N','N','N
my $playStatus = $sendMessage->Call($winampHandle,1024,2,104);
print $playStatus == 0 ? 'stopped' : $playStatus == 1 ? 'playing' : 'p
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