[SATLUG] Serving music

Robert Waldo rjw6844 at gmail.com
Sat May 21 22:51:15 CDT 2011

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM,  <hc at lookcee.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
>    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.
> Thanks,
> Frank Huddleston
> This does not answer any of your questions. However,  about yr or so ago someone on the list mentioned  http://www.last.fm/   ..  I went there and liked it cause you can set it so it will build a library tailored to taste. The drawback is usually in 20min or so they flash a popup that asks if u still listening and if you do not respond it stops the stream.
> Recently Rhythmbox and Banshee 1.6.1 have added a link to your library stored on Last.fm and will play all night if you wish. I love having music playing while I am researching or working detail. This makes it so easy to get past the time periods where most stations streaming are blabbing same news of destruction over and over.
> hh
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A few months ago I installed Subsonic on my Fedora box at home.  I've
been very happy with it: even able to listen to music on my
Blackberry.  It's very easy to configure.  There's only one draw back
- until you make a small donation - there will be a few advertisements
somewhere on your webpage.  Look at it here:

good luck,

Bob Waldo

It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good
ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking
hours much more.
  - Woody Allen

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