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Mark Lanctot
2006-02-12, 10:29
Take a *good* look at your tags using a tagger
program - I'm partial to Mp3tag. Trust me, you
will find inconsistencies and errors.

You should be using ID3v2 tags if any field will
be longer than 30 characters. At the very least,
you should have artist-title tags. Keeping the
album field blank will work OK but leads to a few
glitches in how SlimServer will list things.

Also take a look at your genres. The Random Mix
plugin can base selections on genres. Be
consistent and give it enough variety so you can
differentiate the music according to your tastes.
Keep in mind if the genres were pulled off a
public server like freedb, you may not agree with
them.

In the future you may want to look into ripping in
FLAC. The Squeezebox is high fidelity enough that
you will notice the difference on decent speakers.
However, 160-192 kbps encoded using LAME is
pretty good.

NJRonbo wrote:
> Already have my music loaded on an external
> Maxtor One Touch hard drive.
>
> The music is in the MP3 format -- basically
> stuff that I took off of my MP3 player.
>
> So, yes, I am ready to go on that front.
> I just need to know about some of the better
> display/function downloads I describved above
> and a brief overview of where to find them and
> how they get installed.
>
>

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Mark Lanctot
2006-02-13, 10:53
NJRonbo wrote:
> Folks,
>
> Thanks so much for the advice here.
>
> One thing does concern me....
>
> I have a brand new Linksys Router (WRT54GX4). It
> just came out a few months ago.
>
>>From all I have read, I thought that the squeezebox
> is basically plug and play. You plug it in and it
> finds your network.
>
> Are you saying that it's more complicated than that?
>
>

It can be if the Squeezebox decides not to play
nice with your router.

You are the first I'm aware of to try it with a
WRT54GX. The WRT54G/GS are quite successful, but
the GX is entirely different IIRC. MIMO and all that.

For a start, don't try it with any sort of "speed
boost" technology enabled.

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Mark Lanctot
2006-02-13, 11:42
NJRonbo wrote:
>
> Once in that folder, I also presume that the
> wireless squeezebox will be notified of its presence
> and migrate that program to its receiver?
>

Not really - keep in mind the physical device is
just the display and playback circuitry.

The server on your PC does all the work. So it's
SlimServer that will be using the plugin and
generating the playback stream and the display for
the Squeezebox.

Hence the term "Slim Device". :-)


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