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gdg
2007-09-30, 20:13
I've just now noticed a number of unsolicited music items appearing in my Slimserver music folder. Since I use Itunes (and these don't appear to have come from there) I have no idea how to get rid of them. There is ABSOLUTELY no way I want BS music that I haven't requested adding to congestion in my Squeezebox menus. This amounts to nothing less than a kind of spam and if I find out that Slimdevices is behind it I'll be selling my Squeezebox and never going near their service again. Can anyone tell me:
a) How to get rid of this garbage
b) Who is responsible (they appear to be Windows Media files though I have no idea how they got into my Slimserver folder)

haunyack
2007-09-30, 20:24
I've just now noticed a number of unsolicited music items appearing in my Slimserver music folder. Since I use Itunes (and these don't appear to have come from there) I have no idea how to get rid of them. There is ABSOLUTELY no way I want BS music that I haven't requested adding to congestion in my Squeezebox menus. This amounts to nothing less than a kind of spam and if I find out that Slimdevices is behind it I'll be selling my Squeezebox and never going near their service again. Can anyone tell me:
a) How to get rid of this garbage
b) Who is responsible (they appear to be Windows Media files though I have no idea how they got into my Slimserver folder)


Been viewing internet porn lately?
Sorry, cheap joke I could not resist.

Seriously, I've not encountered this and have been a (almost) happy customer for 2+ years.

Guess I'd be pissed as well, don't see how Slim/Logi**** would/could accomplish this bit of sleuth.

Got kids in the house?

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ddewey
2007-09-30, 20:32
Quoting haunyack (haunyack.2xr97n1191209101 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> gdg;231592 Wrote:
> > I've just now noticed a number of unsolicited music items appearing in
> > my Slimserver music folder. Since I use Itunes (and these don't appear
> > to have come from there) I have no idea how to get rid of them. There
> > is ABSOLUTELY no way I want BS music that I haven't requested adding to
> > congestion in my Squeezebox menus. This amounts to nothing less than a
> > kind of spam and if I find out that Slimdevices is behind it I'll be
> > selling my Squeezebox and never going near their service again. Can
> > anyone tell me:
> > a) How to get rid of this garbage
> > b) Who is responsible (they appear to be Windows Media files though I
> > have no idea how they got into my Slimserver folder)
>
>
> Been viewing internet porn lately?
> Cheap joke I could not resist.
>
> Seriously, I've not encountered this and have been a (almost) happy
> customer for 2+ years.
>
> Guess I'd be pissed as well, don't see how Slim/Logi**** would/could
> accomplish this bit of sleuth.
>
> Got kids in the house?

Or a Dell computer? Dells (and probably other brands) come with a
sampler of music preloaded on the hard drive. Itunes won't find it
because it can't play it. I'd bet money this is the case. Look in
the 'My Music' folder on your hard drive and those songs are
probably there. Post up the names and I'm sure we can confirm where
they came from.

gdg
2007-09-30, 21:14
Or a Dell computer? Dells (and probably other brands) come with a
sampler of music preloaded on the hard drive. Itunes won't find it
because it can't play it. I'd bet money this is the case. Look in
the 'My Music' folder on your hard drive and those songs are
probably there. Post up the names and I'm sure we can confirm where
they came from.

Actually, my computer is a custom built "silent" PC. I found Marc Seals "New Stories (Highway Blues).wma" and the Seattle Symphony's "Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo).wma" in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\Sample Music". These are both Windows Media Audio files and they were created 2 years ago (Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 1:35:55 PM) though I don't understand why ,or how, they just recently appeared in my Slimserver music folder. One way or another it appears this is some kind of Windows BS.

haunyack
2007-09-30, 21:29
Actually, my computer is a custom built "silent" PC. I found Marc Seals "New Stories (Highway Blues).wma" and the Seattle Symphony's "Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo).wma" in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\Sample Music". These are both Windows Media Audio files and they were created 2 years ago (Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 1:35:55 PM) though I don't understand why ,or how, they just recently appeared in my Slimserver music folder. One way or another it appears this is some kind of Windows BS.


Have you reloaded (upgraded) SS lately?
Perhaps an initial scan before defining the music folder?
Running 3rd party music database?
Can you not just delete the unwanted files? (or isolate them from SS)?

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gdg
2007-09-30, 21:33
Have you reloaded (upgraded) SS lately?
Perhaps an initial scan before defining the music folder?
Running 3rd party music database?
Can you not just delete the unwanted files? (or isolate them from SS)?
.

I did in fact clear the folder and I've just realized a couple of things:
These files were created when the computer was first built and fired up and I've recently reinstalled slimserver (before discovering that problems I was having were a result of the most recent version of my cable providers "FSecure" virus protection software). This reinstallation probably has a default setting to scan for music in "my music" that I had overidden on my previous installation. I'm not sure where to find it and disable it.

kdf
2007-09-30, 21:37
On 30-Sep-07, at 9:14 PM, gdg wrote:


>> "Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo).wma" in "C:\Documents and
>> Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\Sample Music".

I have that one as well, it came pre-installed with windows XP (well,
that or the IT people at work like to add it for all of us
engineering types)

-kdf

tyler_durden
2007-09-30, 21:40
If you run windows update to keep the media player up to date it may install those files. I think you owe Bill Gates the one fingered salute for this one...

If you go to the trouble to build a dedicated server, why not run linux? It won't demand that you restart it 3 or 4 times per day.

TD

haunyack
2007-09-30, 21:42
I did in fact clear the folder and I've just realized a couple of things:
These files were created when the computer was first built and fired up and I've recently reinstalled slimserver (before discovering that problems I was having were a result of the most recent version of my cable providers "FSecure" virus protection software). This reinstallation probably has a default setting to scan for music in "my music" that I had overidden on my previous installation. I'm not sure where to find it and disable it.


You can point SS to your music folder here - Home / Server Settings / Basic Settings / Music Folder - Playlist Folder

Is that what your asking?

.

kdf
2007-09-30, 21:42
I found Marc Seals "New Stories (Highway Blues).wma" and the Seattle Symphony's "Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo).wma" in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\Sample Music".

I just had my wife check her laptop. both files are there. She does not have slimserver, squeezecenter or any other Logitech product/software or otherwise installed. these are Microsoft Windows XP sample files.

To get rid of them, just delete them. I'm fairly sure Mr. Gaates is too busy with his foundation to sneak them back on.
-kdf

gdg
2007-09-30, 21:44
I just went into my Slimserver and find that the default path to search for music is the culprit. In the past I had rerouted this to a folder made up of ripped WAV files. Now that I use compressed Apple Lossless files organized in Itunes I can leave that pathway blank and avoid any future issues. If you will notice I didn't actually "accuse" Slimdevices. I too have been thrilled with their product (for 2 years and a Squeezebox upgrade)and this issue was certainly out of character (though, when a company gets bought out, you never know what direction they will take). I was just worried that my SS music folder was going to get clogged up with unwanted garbage. And yes, I am indeed getting sick and tired of Windows. Now that Apple can run both operating systems I will definitely be going that route next time I buy a computer. That way I can minimize my use and exposure to Windows vulnerabilities and marketing crap.

gdg
2007-09-30, 21:52
Thanx dudes,
I'm just glad I didn't get flamed for even suggesting that the culprit might be Slimdevices ;^)

peter
2007-10-01, 09:44
tyler_durden wrote:
> If you run windows update to keep the media player up to date it may
> install those files. I think you owe Bill Gates the one fingered
> salute for this one...
>
> If you go to the trouble to build a dedicated server, why not run
> linux? It won't demand that you restart it 3 or 4 times per day.
>

What was the last version of Windows you actually used?

P.

Mitch Harding
2007-10-01, 10:39
My Slimserver system is running XP and I only rarely reboot it, and
it's never crashed. For what it's worth...

On 9/30/07, tyler_durden
<tyler_durden.2xrcwz1191213901 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
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> If you run windows update to keep the media player up to date it may
> install those files. I think you owe Bill Gates the one fingered
> salute for this one...
>
> If you go to the trouble to build a dedicated server, why not run
> linux? It won't demand that you restart it 3 or 4 times per day.
>
> TD
>
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