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richard
2004-01-18, 18:51
Incredible write-up ... thanks so much ... I have managd to get the
plugins installed and the server started, but have a few things I didn't
understand

--> after i've pressed 'yellow pages' you say I should enter a URL ("The
URL should be that of the computer connection to the Squeezebox.") what
exactly is this URL I should enter - do I have to include a port number
?

--> in the playlist file, is the IP address the IP address of the
computer on which shoutcast server is running?

richard
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of John Shriver
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:21 PM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Summary-How to use Real Audio, Spinner, Winamp,
andShoutcast to Squeezebox


I have finally been able to play Real Audio radio (e.g. the BBC) as well
as Spinner (AOL Internet Radio)
through winamp to the Squeezebox and it sounds great! Much better than
I had expected.
Much thanks to Lukas and Karl for helpful advice.

For those who do not do this sort of thing full time, I thought I would
provide a summary of one way to accomplish this.
This is on a PC running XP with 5.0.3 and firmware 6.

(By the way, I use an ethernet connection to my squeezebox (with 100' of
cable and 7' of crossover cable) to
eliminate any problems with signal strength. I may go wireless at some
point, but for now I am
trying to reduce the number of unknowns.)



Download and install SpinAmp (with Tara plugin and Winamp)

http://www.musiclivesonline.com/software/Radio (AT) AOL (DOT) html

This will permit listening to Real Audio, Spinner (AOL internet radio),
as well as other winamp channels.
You may want to associate all RA files with Winamp (I have never liked
the commercial Real Audio
Player).

Test this with a text file such as:
#EXTINF:0,BBC Radio 3, BBC, Copyright:(C) British Broadcasting
Corporation 2003
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/ram/r3g2.rpm

Save this with a file name such as "bbc_radio".
Open it in winamp under the Playlist editor, double click the entry, and
play.

Download the Shoutcast DSP plugin from:
http://www.shoutcast.com/download/
under "be a d.j." and install.

Download Shoutcast server software from:
http://www.shoutcast.com/download/
under "be a server" and install.

Edit the sc_serv file (with WordPad or similar text editing program -
not WORD). I specify 1 user,
and changed the password.You also may want to change SrcIP and DestIP.
Leave default port as 8000.

Startup winamp. Type Ctl-P and look under Plugins - Input.
You should see the Tara Audio Video Plugin for Winamp listed.
Under Plugins - DSP/Effect you should see Nullsoft Shoutcast Source DSP
listed.
Double click on this to set up the Shoutcast DSP plugin.
Select the input source under Input (Winamp recommended now).
Under output select Connection and under Address enter 'localhost' - not
an ip address!
Set port to 8000, and under Password enter the password you entered in
the sc_serv file above.
Adjust the encode rate under Encoder.

Click on Yellowpages on the SHOUTcast Source panel and set a name for
your server.
The URL should be that of the computer connection to the Squeezebox.
Enable title updates. Do not make the server public since we are only
serving the Squeezebox.

Startup the Shoutcast server by double clicking on the sc_serv icon.
A log window opens showing the activity on the server.
You should see successful opening of the source socket and client
socket.

Create a playlist file as follows:

[playlist]
numberofentries=1
File1=http://<your ip address>:8000/
Title1=BBC
Length1=-1
Version=2

Save this file as something like Winamp_radio.pls

Go back to the SHOUTcast Source window and hit Connect.
You should see the status window indicate that a connection to the
server has been established.
Start playing something on winamp, and check the input and output panels
in the SHOUTcast Source window.
You should see activity.

Startup the Slim Server and select the above playlist file for input.
You should soon hear on your stereo whatever you are currently listening
to on Winamp.

With the Tara and Spinner plugins this now includes RealAudio broadcasts
as well as AOL Internet Radio.
When playing spinner, the artist information is available on the
Squeezebox.

What a great product and sound. The Squeezebox is superb! Thanks guys.

John Shriver
2004-01-18, 21:20
MessageRichard wrote:
--> after i've pressed 'yellow pages' you say I should enter a URL ("The URL should be that of the computer connection to the Squeezebox.") what exactly is this URL I should enter - do I have to include a port number ?

I frankly do not know if anything on the yellowpages configuration is necessary if you are not going to broadcast beyond your computer.
It would be easy to test, but I haven't had time. I'm glad things are working.
I have entered the ip address of my ethernet card which the squeezebox is connected to, without a port number.

--> in the playlist file, is the IP address the IP address of the computer on which shoutcast server is running?

In the playlist file I entered the ip address and port number entered on the Connection panel in the SHOUTcast Source window.
Again this is the ip address of the ethernet card for the squeezebox. I am not sure what you would use here if you are using a wireless connection.
Hope this helps.