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GeeZa
2006-05-18, 19:50
Hi all,

Just wanted to say that I ordered my Squeezebox this morning and am very much looking forward to it arriving. Giving up iTunes after all this time (about 3-4 years) is going to be a big change for me. :-) But I'm looking forward to pastures new and finally having decent remote control of my music (wake up Apple, Front Row isn't it!!).

So can anyone advise this n00b on essentials? I've already been told that AlienBBC and SongScanner are must-haves. Plus I do (as chance would have it) own a Nokia770 so I guess the skin for the server interface is also a must. Also any potential traps/things-to-watch-for for someone coming from OSX iTunes? My music is mostly Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3 and AIFF. Actually one question I do have is what people have found the best method for re-ripping protected AAC files? Obviously I'm going to need to convert all mine.

Anyway, sorry for rambling. One of the key decisions for me choosing a SB3 over the Sonos (which I *almost* bought - booo!) was the comparative friendliness, openess and general knowledgeability of this forum (I've lurked for months). So I hope once I'm up and running I'll also be able to contribute. :-)

bklaas
2006-05-18, 21:25
hi GeeZa--

I'm the Nokia770 skin guy, so I'll answer to that and let others talk about the rest...

You'll need Slimserver 6.5 for the Nokia770 interface. Pick up the latest nightly build of it from here--
http://slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/latest/6.5/
You might as well do it now...it's free! And you can stream directly to your 770 before your squeezebox even arrives:
http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?SlimserverAndNokia770

also, subscribe to the rather ginormous Nokia770 thread here:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=19369

that thread has become the de facto standard for announcing changes and enhancements to the skin.

Also, remember that you can access *all* slimserver skins simply by fully qualifying them. This way you can use Nokia770 on your 770 and a different skin, e.g. KDF's excellent Fishbone, on a laptop or PC.
http://localhost:9000/Nokia770/
http://localhost:9000/Fishbone/

good luck with your new toy!
#!/ben

Craig, James (IT)
2006-05-19, 02:24
> Giving up iTunes after all this time (about 3-4 years) is going to be
a big change for
> me. ... Also any potential traps/things-to-watch-for for someone
coming from OSX iTunes?

It's not entirely clear what you mean but there is no need to ditch
iTunes when using SlimServer.
If you already have all your music in iTunes you'll probably want to
continue using it for adding new music and managing your collection -
SlimServer is not a complete solution for everything!

James
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aubuti
2006-05-19, 06:37
Actually one question I do have is what people have found the best method for re-ripping protected AAC files?
What a lot of people do is use iTunes to burn CDs of the DRM'd songs, and then rip those CDs to a lossless format like Apple Lossless or FLAC. Of course, you don't gain back what was lost in the initial lossy compression to AAC, but at least you don't lose anything more.

If, by chance, you've never upgraded to iTunes 6.x you could alternatively use jhymn to strip the protection from the AAC files. http://www.hymn-project.org/jhymndoc/

If you have a lot of protected tunes and don't want to waste a lot of CDs in that intermediate step there might be a way to do it all on your hard disk, but I don't know it. The big constraint seems to be that iTunes is the only software that can play those files, and the only non-CD-burning conversion option it offers is MP3.

GeeZa
2006-05-19, 07:17
Many thanks for the responses guys, very helpful information all round. :-) I will most certainly be trying out the Nokia skin tonight, looking forward to it. Also quite pleased to know I can continue using iTunes to manage my songs, that's quite a bonus. I'm guessing the server simply refreshes it's catalogue each time you add new songs? Looks like my Powerbook will host the server, although thinking about it my PC gets far less use so I may use that instead. Hmmm.

On the DRM'd AAC front I was thinking of either setting up an Audio Hijack session or (as someone else told me) doing the convert in iMovie. I have quite a few files so I really want to try and automate it, it's a difficult one really. That'll teach me to upgrade. If I settle on a quick and decent solution I'll be sure to post it here.

can't post
2006-05-19, 13:47
On the DRM'd AAC front I was thinking of either setting up an Audio Hijack session or (as someone else told me) doing the convert in iMovie. I have quite a few files so I really want to try and automate it, it's a difficult one really. That'll teach me to upgrade. If I settle on a quick and decent solution I'll be sure to post it here.

Just have a look at tunebite Premium (www.tunebite.de). You need a Windows-PC for it.

GeeZa
2006-05-19, 17:33
Alright, I'm officially gob-smacked by the software and the Nokia skin. Just got all my music scanned and have been playing around for the last hour or so. Wow. The box hasn't even arrived yet! Eeeek.

GeeZa
2006-05-21, 10:20
A quick question for OSX iTunes users. I went back into SlimServer this morning only to find all my music had disappeared. All my iTunes settings had vanished. The only thing I had done was install the LastFM and SlimScrobbler plugins and then re-cycled the server. After this re-cycle, I got the "Your music contains 0 artists" type of message. The iTunes settings on the config page seemed to have been wiped. Most odd.

So I clicked the 'Use iTunes' button again, and re-cycled, still nothing. Then changed the rescan option to "Clear library and rescan everything". Hit rescan, still nothing. The only thing that seems to have got my music back was entering the path to my iTunes Library xml file in the appropriate box. My library's on the same machine as the server, does anyone know why SlimServer wasn't able to pick up all this info automatically (like it did when I first booted it up)??