Slimserver


I decided that I didn’t want all my music just sitting on my home machine, so I moved it all to my file server in the basement. The problem was that outside of mounting one of the samba shares, I couldn’t access my music anywhere but in the house. That solution worked for about a week, until I got curious to see how I could listen to my music anywhere. Well, by anywhere, I meant, anywhere there was an internet connection and a modern browser. 😉

I tried a couple of different products, but none really did what I wanted. Then a coworker told me about the software from Slimdevices that streams music to their hardware is open source and free for download. Never one to pass up a deal that included the word free (ye gods I am cheap, I admit it), I downloaded the source and eagerly tried to install it on my Ubuntu server. That lasted about as long as it took me to find that they have a package repository for debs. Just add the following to your sources.list:

deb http://debian.slimdevices.com testing main

then ‘apt-get update’ then ‘apt-get install slimserver’ and your running. I forgot to mention that you need perl installed on your machine too, but that usually comes standard anymore.

Oh, and I tried running APF last night for about 3 hours to no avail. At this point I am ready to give up, there HAS to be a better way to manage iptables than manually specifying everything.

  1. #1 by mcangeli on March 7, 2007 - 4:42 pm

    Aye, but then what do you listen to it with??

  2. #2 by jeffro on March 7, 2007 - 5:04 pm

    You can listen to it with with either the bundled Java-based webstart player (there is an applet version too) or you can take your favorite music player and point it at yourserver:9000/stream.mp3.

    You can control some of the aspects of the music server from the Java-based player, but with any other play you just listen to it like a radio stream. You can control the playlist from the web admin page ( yourhost:9000 ). There are instructions bundled with the server when you get it setup.

  3. #3 by jeffro on March 7, 2007 - 5:04 pm

    Oh, and its good to hear from you again mcangeli. Its been a while.. 🙂

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