Hi folks - just wondered if anybody here feels like me - if Logitech (not to mention Sonos etc.) want this whole idea of streaming music from your computer to your hi-fi to catch-on mainstream - then it's time for some radical simplification!
Ok, I am a long time streamer, I played with Roku and various devices until the "digital out" of the Squeezebox completely blew me away - so yes, I am a convert. I know about this stuff now (what I didn't know I found out here on the Slim Devices forums!) but a recent change in my hardware and delivery system is making me think about just how 'very' hard this would be for the average person who has heard about this stuff and just wants to - Rip, Store and Serve!
My PC went pop last week (very old and dying for a long time!) so I have a brand new little mini-PC with minimal expansion and smallish HD. It is however very quiet and very cute! My idea was to sit this on my desk and get a Windows Home Server for the all media and stick it out of the way somewhere. At last I could come home and listen to music - without kicking my old PC into life - always on, always available and near silent, low power delivery. Great also for my next house when I set up multi-room as well - my present apartment is not big - I just open all doors to get multi-room experience :-)
So I now have to get SqueezeCenter onto the WHS box - I think Ripcaster have pre-installed SlimServer 6.5 but not sure as no mention in the minimal documentation - nor any clues as to how I go about installing SC, but hey, I can Google!
Then I need to get EAC downloaded and installed on my new PC- that means about 20 pages (OK slight exaggeration!) of settings to perform and what if it doesn't like my new DVD drive...won't even go there yet!
I also hear iTunesEncode is no longer supported (?) but that's what I use to get EAC WAVs into iTunes so better start researching that next. Oh! and of course my existing library - iTunes will need serious 'fiddling' to switch it's allegiance to my new server without a total re-import (bet I can fool it though!) and then where on the new server do I put my music? I suppose in the Music folder - yeah will try that. And then there is my trusty SqueezeBox 3 - hope that will see my new server OK and doesn't get messed up by my Internet clock radio nicking it's IP again - really!
So - anyone now think Logitech's all new singing and dancing Duet is gonna break into the main stream consumer electronics market...I think not...custom home installers will love it, but your average Jo or Joe - buying a duet is just the start, the rest is 'hard' man, just hard!
Sooo - whos for a new product - it looks like a Duet but the receiver has an optical drive (so not quite such a 'slim' client but that is not the Holy Grail surely) and when you stick an audio CD in it just rips it down to your server, wherever that is (who cares, but it will know as SqueezeCenter will be running somewhere). Files are stored in a choice of formats if you like, but probably defaulting to the one you guys love the most, probably flac. This crazy little easy to use thing just asks 'Play, Rip and Play, or just Rip' and jobs done. When SqueezCenter get it, it downloads album art, sorts out tags and Bob is your Proverbial Uncle! Obviously power users could load browser interface and fiddle with formats, tagging options, edit tags, change system settings - but by default, straight out of the box, it just did Rips, Stores and Serves! No bloody re-scanning either - if SqueezCenter is ripping then it can update it's database dynamically surely.
Isn't this all possible now, using open source software that already talks to SquueezeCenter and some that surely could be made to?
And Logitech - when you do this, just make sure I get first one free OK...Oh! and everybody else here should get one - after all without these forums I don't reckon a single one of your customers would be up and running without problems - what you say guys!
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2008-03-12, 04:04 #1
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Rip > Store > Serve - Why so complicated!?
2008-03-12, 04:21 #2
Rip > Store > Serve - Why socomplicated!?
http://www.ripfactory.com/ripserver.html is currently trying to do what you want (less the music playing).
2008-03-12, 04:23 #3
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2008-03-12, 07:23 #4
Somebody is working on a ripping and encoding plugin for squeezecenter. Check out this thread here:
Here is an interesting discussion on making the squeezebox ready for the "average joe":
It all makes for interesting reading.
2008-03-12, 09:53 #5
Nearly everyone agrees with you that this is far harder than it needs to be.
But until the record companies realize that folks aren't going to buy their shiney plastic disks, there's not much we can do.
Steve Jobs can, because he owns Apple and parts of Disney. The rest of the world has to just wait until the pointy haired bosses at the record labels retire or die off.
2008-03-12, 09:55 #6
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2008-03-12, 12:52 #7
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Rip > Store > Serve - What's so complicated???
2008-03-12, 13:36 #8
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2008-03-12, 13:56 #9
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It's no more complex than being able to read the wiki and use a mouse is it? The "average Joe" must be a horse's ass.
2008-03-12, 14:07 #10
I grew up with music: all the kids were encouraged to have music lessons, and my parents had a reasonably sized record collection with everything from classical to Tom Lehrer.
But I don't think they have the patience for a real music library. I think they would love to have all their music online properly indexed... but I don't think they want to do the work that it takes. And to do it correctly, it does take work. Forget the difficulty of installing a handful of applications.. that wouldn't scare them, they did, after all, find and install Firefox without any of my help... but the never-ending process of making tags -correct-... that would scare them.
They can handle the concepts of databases and correct input: they do a lot of work with Genealogy and my father is on the board of a major genealogical society.. but music is supposed to be relaxing, it shouldn't take work to make it correct.. but anyone who has every tried to use Freedb or even Gracenote as being authoritative in any sense knows that data normalization is just not there yet with automatic tagging.
So, Rip>Store>Serve is fine.. unless you want decent tags.