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dweeb
2006-02-03, 05:06
Hi, I'm trying to set up Slimserver on our Xserve so that we can access and play centrally stored mp3s on our office LAN. I would also like to see if it is possible to display a playlist on our web site, and give a visitor the ability to change tracks. I would then use a USB audio interface to feed the audio to our telephone system so the user can choose which trach they are listening to when on hold.

So far I have installed Slimserver and I can access the playlist through http://<myserverip>:9000 but when I try and listen to the stream at http://<myserverip>:9000/stream.mp3 I get a Quicktime icon with a ? in it. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Thanks

Michaelwagner
2006-02-03, 06:48
You need a piece of software defined on your computer as the one that plays mp3s.

By default, some operating systems come with quicktime installed (or partially installed) as the handler for mp3s. That sounds like what's happening to you.

You need to install either winamp or softsqueeze. Winamp is a bit easier to set up initially but is less flexible and controllable from the server interface. softsqueeze can be installed from the server, it downloads bits of Java support from the internet and then itself. Because it's a software immitation of a Squeezebox, it is more easily and completely integrated into Slimserver and more handily controlled from the slimserver interface.

But why do you want a software interface to play the music at all? Why not a hardware squeezebox?

And how do you expect to drive the USB audio interface? I must be missing something. I think you can get those Creative soundlabs things to replace the current audio device, so you could have at most one output stream per PC. Unless you only have one music-on-hold channel, it isn't going to scale particularly well.

abdomen
2006-02-03, 06:51
I'll take a first stab at helping.


Hi, I'm trying to set up Slimserver on our Xserve so that we can access and play centrally stored mp3s on our office LAN. I would also like to see if it is possible to display a playlist on our web site, and give a visitor the ability to change tracks.

Obervations: You are assuming your customers will be on hold for a fair amount of time, and won't mind competing with each other to change the hold music.

The Slim Devices website says that "developer documentation is included with the SlimServer software under Technical Information". I don't have access to SlimServer at the moment, but I believe there are special URLs to issue commands to play tracks; you could put those on a web page and open up port 9000 on your firewall for the machine running Slimserver.


I would then use a USB audio interface to feed the audio to our telephone system so the user can choose which trach they are listening to when on hold.

Why not use a Squeezebox v3 or SB2, or a used SB1 or SliMP3? It would be much prettier and more fun. :) You would perhaps also get more enthusiastic help around here.


So far I have installed Slimserver and I can access the playlist through http://<myserverip>:9000 but when I try and listen to the stream at http://<myserverip>:9000/stream.mp3 I get a Quicktime icon with a ? in it. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Sounds like a problem with your browser plugin configuration. If you are on Windows, you could try using Windows Media Player. From its menu, use Tools-->Options-->File Types to associate it with MP3s, and I think Internet Explorer will recognize this. As another troubleshooting step, you could put the following in a text file with .html extension, open your browser, and see if clicking the link that appears works (versus putting the URL directly into your browsers's URL/Address field).
<HTML><BODY><A HREF="http://<myserverip>:9000">http://<myserverip>:9000</A></BODY></HTML>

I hope some of that might be helpful. Good luck!