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mark tarr
2005-07-18, 06:49
I just setup a Pluto Home system (smarthome + media server). Itís really cool and works great with SqueezeBoxes. Just plug the squeeze box into an Ethernet jack. When it sees the squeezebox request an IP address it automatically installs the slimserver and sets everything up on its own. Thereís no software to install at all. And if you have a Bluetooth mobile phone, that turns into the remote controlócomplete with cover art, access to playlists, etc. Plus, it knows how to control all the other stuff tooóso when I start playing music on my squeeze box it automatically turns on the stereo and sets it to the right input.

Thereís only 1 problemÖ They have these interactive maps so I can see whatís playing around the house and make the same thing play in multiple destinations. If all the destinations are squeezeboxes, itís great. But if some are squeezeboxes and some are media PCís, Pluto uses slimserver to go to the squeeze boxes, and videolan to stream to the PCísóand the 2 Ďgroupsí are not in sync. They say itís because the only slimp3 player that emulates squeezebox2 and runs under Linux requires Java. Pluto sends a network boot image to all the media pcís in the houseóthatís how it turns your other PCís into set top boxes. They donít want to add the whole java runtime to the net boot image and bloat it just to get a slimp3 player. There are 2 open source C++ slimp3 players that are small and lean, but they are old and donít support the new protocols.

So, is anybody out there working on a C++ squeezebox2 player? This is the only small piece thatís missing. With that piece this would be a total sonos killer. You would still have a cool GUI with cover art. But itís even better than Sonosí because it uses your existing mobile phoneóone less thing to loseóand your music follows you automatically as you move throughout the house. Plus it does moviesónot just music. And controls a/v equipment and home automation too. And costs 1/10 the price.

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