Turnstyle has a very cool product called Andromeda that basically is a small asp or php file that reads your directory structure and creates a HTML view complete with simple to use buttons to play the whole album, queue up a song, etc. www.turnstyle.com
In addition to that, I'm using OvernightTech's Music Console (thread is alive and well in the HTPC forum here on AVSForum). www.overnighttech.com
Turnstyle is better for a remote server for serving up streaming files to another PC on the network. Music Console is better for a single box that connected to a home stereo and you can control it either locally or via remote control using WinXPs Remote Desktop. Very cool looking product.
I too am looking to share my MP3 library using some sort of client\\server arangement. My MP3 files are on a Windows 2000 box which is running PHP. I looked at Otto which seems to be Perl and Room Juice which is PHP but requires some *nix binaries to run? IE mpg321? Anybody know if I can get one of these running on a Windows2K server or if there is a piece of server software better suited for a Win2K environ?
I have an e-Smith server set up as my cable modem gateway/firewall. I installed Netjuke as an .mp3 music server and I'm pretty happy with it. Netjuke lets you set up public and private playlists as well as all the other 'normal' music server functions via a web interface. The music is stored on the e-Smith server in a SMB accessable directory as well as being available through the web interface. This setup is working out well as the server side of the puzzle.
The client side of the puzzle is another matter entirely though. The AudioTron seems to be the best commercial client available right now but the lack of customization options irks me. Are there any canned AudioTron type LINUX applications available ?
Originally posted by pen25 well you can setup another linux box say a epia 800.... easiest way i can think of.. or maybe a webplayer???
The EPIA 800 is what I'm using for the server and also what I have in mind for the client. Very nice motherboard but the S/PDIF out doesn't seem to work well with 44.1k sound sources. At least not with Win2K. I intend to try it under LINUX one of these weekends and see if the noise problems still exist. The software to run on the client seems to be the missing piece right now.
My company is currently developing a Linux-based media appliance using the fanless VIA ME6000 as the reference platform. We also have a prototype box running on an EPIA 800. I'm a huge fan of both boards!
The best audio results to date have been with the Alsa drivers. But a warning - Alsa, kernel 2.4.19 and the ME6000 needs a lot of tweaking to get a clean sound.
As far as the software goes, we're in (early) beta stages and need some real users to give us some feedback on what works, what needs to change, what to add, what is c**p, etc.
For anyone who's interested in a VIA/Audio howto, let me know! For anyone who's interested in working with my company as part of a beta software program, send me a private message with your email and we can arrange to get the software packaged up and out to you sometime in April.
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