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Jason
2003-12-07, 13:48
It doesn't work that way. The squeezebox doesn't "serve" anything. The
squeezebox is nothing but a client.. all of the work is being done on the
server.

If you want to play a CD that you can stream through all of the house then
what you do is convert the CD to MP3, FLAC, AAC or whatever and simply play
it. You can then synch as many players together as you want.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Richard
O'Callaghan
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 12:45 PM
To: SlimDevices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Audio input to Squeezebox possible?

Jason,

I was actually thinking this:

If you have say 3 or 4 squeezeboxes around a house, creating an audio
distribution type environment, where the sqeezeboxes are in sync, you could
load a cd (or radio / old LP / tape ... ugghhhh ) into one of the stereos
connected to one of the sqeezeboxes. That sqeezebox could then serve up the
audio input as a stream, for the other sqeezeboxes to sync from.

From an MP3 client / server point of view, it would be worthless, but from
the audio distribution aspect it would open the sqeezebox up to being
unbelievably flexible in my opinion - Put the radio on in one room, and send
it all round the house.

Maybe its not a great idea, and besides, if it requires hardware changes as
you say, then it ain't gonna happen ! :)

Thanks,

Richard

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Subject: [slim] Audio input to Squeezebox possible?


Audio input would require hardware changes. Also, since the slimp3 is
usually already hooked up to something with multiple inputs (receiver, AV
switchbox or pre-amp) I'm not sure why you would even want this.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Richard
O'Callaghan
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 11:56 AM
To: SlimDevices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Audio input to Squeezebox possible?

With the current hardware on the Squeezebox, would it be possible in the
future for the software to take an audio input on one of the available
connections, and stream the audio out to the network, or would this require
hardware changes?

It would be really cool for the whole-house audio distribution end of
things.

Richard

Graham Ridgway at home
2003-12-07, 13:52
is it poss to read a line-in on a sound card in a Linux box and stream it
out?
Graham

Sean Graham
2003-12-07, 14:39
On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 02:20:30PM -0700, Jason wrote:

> Just out of curiosity, where is this desire for the line in coming from?
>
> If the media in question is in fact CDs then the best option is simply to
> rip them and stream them out that way.

As the original inquiry stated, it'd be nice to have a way to distribute
audio around the house from an non-mp3 source, whether it be a cd player
downstairs, a radio, a tape, or vinyl.

Obviously, CD is easily ripped to mp3, but the other sources are not-so
easily converted. In addition, imagine a party with a live DJ, it'd be nice
to distribute the DJs sounds across an entire house.

I agree with the original poster, this would be a very nice feature, even
though it's obviously not possible with the current generation of hardware.

sean
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Jason Snell
2003-12-07, 15:51
Sean Graham wrote:

>As the original inquiry stated, it'd be nice to have a way to distribute
>audio around the house from an non-mp3 source, whether it be a cd player
>downstairs, a radio, a tape, or vinyl.

I think the answer is probably a PC... there's software (I know for
the Mac, which most likely means there are 3 or 4 for windows) that
will take an analog audio input and encode it as an MP3 stream. At
that point, you just need to point your SLIMP3s at the mp3 stream and
you've got it.

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/

-jason
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Graham Ridgway at home
2003-12-07, 16:12
there you go, the answer to my wife's requirement to listen to the BBC R4
archive. Play on one machine off the beeb web site (realaudio), line-out
into line-in on another and "slimp" it to the kitchen! [new verb "to
slimp"]

Graham
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Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 10:51 PM
Subject: [slim] Audio input to Squeezebox possible?


> Sean Graham wrote:
>
> >As the original inquiry stated, it'd be nice to have a way to distribute
> >audio around the house from an non-mp3 source, whether it be a cd player
> >downstairs, a radio, a tape, or vinyl.
>
> I think the answer is probably a PC... there's software (I know for
> the Mac, which most likely means there are 3 or 4 for windows) that
> will take an analog audio input and encode it as an MP3 stream. At
> that point, you just need to point your SLIMP3s at the mp3 stream and
> you've got it.
>
> http://www.rogueamoeba.com/

Jason Snell
2003-12-07, 16:16
Graham Ridgway at home wrote:

>there you go, the answer to my wife's requirement to listen to the BBC R4
>archive. Play on one machine off the beeb web site (realaudio), line-out
>into line-in on another and "slimp" it to the kitchen! [new verb "to
>slimp"]

Depending on the software, you won't even need to line-out to
line-in, because the software may be able to just intercept the audio
stream. That's how Audio Hijack works on the Mac, for example.

-jason
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Sean Graham
2003-12-07, 16:48
On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 02:51:14PM -0800, Jason Snell wrote:

> I think the answer is probably a PC... there's software (I know for
> the Mac, which most likely means there are 3 or 4 for windows) that
> will take an analog audio input and encode it as an MP3 stream. At
> that point, you just need to point your SLIMP3s at the mp3 stream and
> you've got it.

I don't think that is much of an answer, to be honest. First of all, who
wants a noisy PC/Mac in the living room next to the rest of their stereo.
If I was going to have that, I might as well forget the Slimp3 all together.

I don't doubt that there are several "rube goldberg" solutions to the
problem, but none of them are as elegant as adding an audio input to
Squeezebox's successor.

sean
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Jason Snell
2003-12-07, 17:08
Sean Graham wrote:

>I don't think that is much of an answer, to be honest. First of all, who
>wants a noisy PC/Mac in the living room next to the rest of their stereo.
>If I was going to have that, I might as well forget the Slimp3 all together.

Well, it doesn't have to be noisy. Not all systems are noisy -- an
old PowerBook, for example. Also, if you're only using it for
specific purposes (say, when you've got a DJ in the house or you need
to stream a record player around your house), it wouldn't necessarily
be on all the time.

But yes, if you could find an embedded device designed to do
conversion of the fly, that would clearly be better.

-jason
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