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mschlack
2006-04-17, 12:49
Now that I have a great library to feed my SqueezeBox, I'd like to use computers in other parts of the house, where there are no stereo systems, to access it.

My tunes are all stored as FLAC. Can I use SlimServer to stream them to computers? I tried using the localhost:9000/stream.mp3 interface, but nothing happens (or I misunderstood the directions), but not surprising, since I'm using FLAC and not mp3. Tried it substituting FLAC for mp3, but just got a browser message asking me which program I wanted to use to open the files.

Which brings me to my next question. If I want to use another program, not SlimServer, to access the Slim library, what's a good player to use that works with FLAC?

snarlydwarf
2006-04-17, 12:52
Have you tried softsqueeze? It has the benefit of buffering (or not buffering as the case may be) correctly since it uses the same protocol as a hardware squeezebox.

JJZolx
2006-04-17, 12:56
Now that I have a great library to feed my SqueezeBox, I'd like to use computers in other parts of the house, where there are no stereo systems, to access it.

My tunes are all stored as FLAC. Can I use SlimServer to stream them to computers? I tried using the localhost:9000/stream.mp3 interface, but nothing happens (or I misunderstood the directions), but not surprising, since I'm using FLAC and not mp3. Tried it substituting FLAC for mp3, but just got a browser message asking me which program I wanted to use to open the files.
You _could_ do that, but why? All you have to do is share the folder containing your music library so that other computers on your home network can access them.


Which brings me to my next question. If I want to use another program, not SlimServer, to access the Slim library, what's a good player to use that works with FLAC?
Particularly if you want to use a program other than Slim Server, you'd want to directly access the files. It would only be if you were especially fond of the Slim Server web interface that you'd need to figure out how to stream the music to a PC.

mschlack
2006-04-17, 18:27
You're right JJZolx, I'm not wed to using the SlimServer interface. I'm looking for recommendations for a player that will play FLAC. I did find one called Ashampoo, of all the names, and it's not bad. But WMA and other obvious ones don't seem to support FLAC.

aubuti
2006-04-17, 18:40
It would help to know what platform you're on, but assuming it's Windows, here are a few options:

- SoftSqueeze (Java-based, included in the slimserver package)
- foobar2000
- WinAmp
- squeezeslave, probably partnered with a front-end like Moose

BTW, streaming to http://localhost:9000/stream.mp3 does work, but it's not as flexible as any of the above solutions.

dwc
2006-04-17, 20:49
I like foobar2000.

Malor
2006-04-18, 04:36
The nice thing about SoftSqueeze (well, other than being free :) ) is that it looks exactly like another Squeezebox to your server. You can do music syncing with other machines. The sync isn't as tight as it is with the hardware boxes... things will be a second or two off. But it's still quite useful.

smc2911
2006-04-18, 05:13
I like foobar2000.
Seconded.
Sean.

chris.mason
2006-04-18, 06:05
Foobar2000 definately. Plays FLAC very well, and supports gapless playback.

Not very elegant UI, but functional.

Otherwise, you could use Winamp, but you'll need to install a plugin to play FLAC files - available from the winamp web site.

Just want to make sure I understand : how are you using SlimServer's mp3 streaming ability, I mean which mediaplayer are you using? For example, are you using Winamp, then "open URL", and dropping that streaming URL in there? That works well for me. SlimServer will transcode your FLAC files to MP3. Of course that really isn't ideal, as you lose all that quality sound!

ceejay
2006-04-18, 08:10
in addition to the suggestions above ... Music IP mixer ,from version 1.6, will also play FLACs itself. Does nice mixing, too, even in the free version.

Ceejay