[SATLUG] Serving music
fhuddles at gmail.com
Sat May 21 14:08:51 CDT 2011
I'm trying to set up my own music server, and thought you(all) might
be able to give me some good suggestions.
I'd like to make my music files available to me via the internet (or
local LAN), and playable on some kind of media player: currently this
would be something like mplayer, vlc, or Clementine, running on a PC.
So far, I have set up icecast (icecast2) to do the serving. It seems
to work kind of like a web server for media, and it does work, but it
expects you to connect to a URL that is a single file, and then the
music (or whatever media) is streamed to you. I can make a directory
full of music available as an icecast mount point, then select various
subdirectories and files within that, but I have to select each
individually: I can't get a "directory listing" of available music
files. So I can select "open stream" in vlc, select or enter
"http://myserver:8000/music/song1.mp3.m3u" and it will play that mp3
file. After that, if I want another, I've got to specify it separately
in another open operation.
So I'm thinking that maybe there's a missing piece here: something
that either runs on the server and provides a playlist or directory of
available media, preferably searchable, or else some client that can
interact with the icecast server to do the same thing.
Or maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here, and there's some other
way of serving the music that I haven't considered.
I admit I haven't read the entire icecast manual, nor have I done an
extensive survey of all the media serving options out there. I think I
checked out a few prior to installing icecast, but don't remember the
details. I will be researching this more on my own, but I figure in the
meantime, let's see what the knowledgeable folks in the SATLUG can tell me.
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