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dannyg
2005-08-11, 00:46
Does the Squeezebox2 have the capability to play music streamed directly from iTunes the same way that the Roku Soundbridge does?

From iTunes Help...
"When you play a shared song, it's streamed over the network to your computer."

I assume that when the Roku boots up, it recognizes the shared iTunes connection, similar to how the Squeezebox recognizes the SlimServer.

There are times when I would prefer to use the iTunes user interface instead of the SlimServer.

dean
2005-08-11, 07:38
On Aug 11, 2005, at 12:46 AM, dannyg wrote:
>> From iTunes Help...
>>
> "When you play a shared song, it's streamed over the network to your
> computer."
That's referring to streaming from iTunes to iTunes.

> I assume that when the Roku boots up, it recognizes the shared iTunes
> connection, similar to how the Squeezebox recognizes the SlimServer.
That's right.

> There are times when I would prefer to use the iTunes user interface
> instead of the SlimServer.
iTunes is a great program for organizing your music, but can't use
iTunes to control either the Roku or Squeezebox.

To use iTunes with the Roku, iTunes needs to be running (then you use
the remote to control it.)

To use iTunes with Squeezebox, iTunes doesn't need to be running (but
SlimServer is running in the background.)
You can then control it with the remote or your web browser (on that
computer or any computer on your network).

dannyg
2005-08-11, 14:30
"iTunes is a great program for organizing your music, but can't use iTunes to control either the Roku or Squeezebox."

So Roku only accesses the shared music files. I thought you could click play in the iTunes program and have that song play through the Roku. I understand now.

You know how you can put in a URL to listen to an Internet radio station? It would be cool if the output of iTunes could be redirected to some TCP port number, which could then be accessed by the Squeezebox, similar to a URL for a radio station. I know so little about ports and URLs that that might not even make sense.

kdf
2005-08-11, 14:58
Quoting dannyg <dannyg.1tmd0b (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

> You know how you can put in a URL to listen to an Internet radio
> station? It would be cool if the output of iTunes could be redirected
> to some TCP port number, which could then be accessed by the
> Squeezebox, similar to a URL for a radio station. I know so little
> about ports and URLs that that might not even make sense.

There is something called niceCast (i think) for OSX. I'm not sure if it takes
commands from iTunes, but there are similar tools (shoutcast server, for eg)
that will let you create a radio stream of your own. The problem here is
iTunes. Sure, some feel its a great UI, and would love to have it as their
central management. Apple is counting on this, and are keeping iTunes and its
interoperability to themselves for profit and growth as a company. It works,
and all teh power to them. But, it does mean that you are at the mercy of
Apple and what they want you do be able to do with iTunes. If they can make
money from you streaming music via iTunes to other devices, then I can
guarantee you will have the ability to do so.

-kdf

dean
2005-08-11, 15:04
On Aug 11, 2005, at 2:30 PM, dannyg wrote:
> So Roku only accesses the shared music files.
> You know how you can put in a URL to listen to an Internet radio
> station? It would be cool if the output of iTunes could be redirected
> to some TCP port number, which could then be accessed by the
> Squeezebox, similar to a URL for a radio station.
You can do this (on the Mac) with a program called Nicecast <http://
www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/>, but it's a fair bit of work to set up
and you wouldn't be able to control it using the remote.


-dean

dannyg
2005-08-11, 18:30
"You can do this (on the Mac).... but it's a fair bit of work to set up..."

I'm a Windows XP user. I've had a few misconceptions on how things worked, but after your explanations, I have come to the conclusion that the SlimServer works just fine! :-)