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Okay, I bought an AudioTron about 3 weeks ago, and I think I've just come up for breath today. I suppose this reads as a journal of obsession as well... :)

I'm a big fan of this thing. It seemed like the right decision for me, because I had a spare Windows box that I could use for a "music server": load all my music on to it, and then create a share for the AT to grab from.

So I hooked it up and it worked great for me. But I didn't have much music ripped. So I embarked on a journey to rip all my CDs, about 500. The upside of this was not only would I have digital copies of all my music, but I would also free up enough space in my entertainment room for another chair if I got rid of my CD towers.

Well into that process, I discovered that while the AudioTron is pretty great, it's difficult to really find music using the unit and the remote, and the web interface provided with the unit is just kind of limiting. Thankfully, the newest version of the BIOS provides an HTTP interface to control and communicate with the AT.

So now I embark on a process of developing my own front-end software for controlling the AT that would give me better control over finding the music I want and controlling playlists. Of course, while I'm coding all this, I'm also feeding CDs still into my computer to rip the music.

Well, now I'm down to my last 20 or so CDs to rip, and I've released the 2nd version of the software I wrote as a freeware offering.

But that fact is that I just really love the AudioTron. I'm listening to more music than I ever did before, and have rediscovered music that I haven't listened to in years! It's so great to have all the music available at the touch of a couple of buttons, and not to have to search through my whole pile of CDs to find one song.

I highly recommend the AudioTron to anyone looking for a music solution.

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Justin,

I downloaded your application this week. Nice work! I'm trying to do something similar in Filemaker Pro, as I already have been using it to generate playlists that analyze genre, artist, song rating, etc. to create somewhat random playlists for a given amount of time. I found that if I put together playlists manually, I would fall into listening to the same songs all the time. I have been able to output the html to control the Audiotron, but I haven't found any way to bring the text responses from the Audiotron back into Filemaker (I think it's because it comes back as text and not html).

The whole MP3 scene has really gotten me back into listening to more music as well. I travel a lot for work and used to throw 6 CDs in my changer and leave them there for some time. Now I have 2 Audiotrons at home and a 40Gig Nomad Jukebox in the car, each with access to my entire 6000+ song library.
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Here are some other programs to compare to for creating your file management systems.
http://www.dvdprofiler.com/dvdpro/index.html
http://www.wintektx.com/index.htm
I am not sure if you have seen these before.
Good luck with your project. I hope your program will eventually make you some money.
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Justin, I bought an AudioTron a few weeks ago and love mine as well. I'd be glad to help test/code (I'm a developer, but my HTML is weak) on this if you need a hand. I agree the best way to control it is the web interface, but that it leaves much to be desired.

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Justin,

I couldn't seem to find a link to your software off of your website. Could you please tell me where I could download v2? Thanks!
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I just bought the SliMP3 player from Slim Devices (http://www.slimdevices.com)
this weekend, and I must say that I just love it. These guys are a genuine
operation in the sense that they've built something that looks cool, and
seems to have the right architecture. It is completely "hackable" (everything
is driven off a server that is open source). And, it sounds terrific.

It is still only for the TechHeads, in my opinion. The server software is
written in perl and requires perl 5.6 (!) and glibc 2.1.3 - something that I didnt
have and had to get. Probably beyond the average joe, but I think its worth a
look.

I picked it over the Audiotron and the Rio because (a) it was easily modifiable
(b) had a wonderful readable display (c) had a sensible architecture and
(d) reasonably priced ($249 and dropping).

The guys there turned out to be nice guys as well, a nice little bonus!
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My software is at: http://www.leavensfamily.com/at

I'm definitely interested in seeing some other software in this category, thanks for the links!

The one thing that has proven to be a little tricky with the AudioTron is playlist management. It's difficult to add a large number of tracks to the playlist through the API (unless they're all the same artist or album), and you can't just delete a track from the playlist (you have to completely rebuild the playlist). I'm hoping the 2nd issue gets resolved with improvements to the API (before I take a bunch of time trying to code around it). The first issue I'm trying to code around now.

bricom, I'll let you know when I get something new to test... I can always use a second set of eyes. Thanks for the offer!

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bricom (or anyone else interested)...

Email me at justins1@leavensfamily.com if you're interested in helping me my next release of the AlternaTron application. Let me know if you need a Mac or Windows version....

Thanks!

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FYI- I released version 0.95 of my AlternaTron application today. It's available at:

http://www.leavensfamily.com/at

Thanks to everyone who has written me about this. Please keep the comments and suggestions flowing!

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