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Eric Fiste
2004-01-19, 14:17
I agree with the need to develop (as an enhancement after other issues like synch are stabilized) a Windows based SlimpSlave clone. I bought 2 squeezeboxes and have one sitting next to my PC to work in the void of such a solution. The reason being that I want to be able to synchronize the music in my office with the music in my living room. When starting to look at media players, I quickly realized that most people do not have this exact need. My office, though, is in the middle of the house and it powers the kitchen and dining room wireless speakers as well. When hosting a party, we like to have the whole house playing the same thing. When my wife is reading in the living room and I'm in the office, we like to listen to out own things.

There are obviously ways to wire with whole house audio to solve (sort of), but it's a lot easier and more flexible for me to use squeezeboxes in each room I want to include in the audio configuration. Considering the cost and just the principle, keeping the one right next to the computer was and is tough to swallow but let's me do what I need for now. My hope is:

1) a software solution is developed for windows to allow me to synch my office pc and move the squeezebox sitting next to it elsewhere in the house.
2) have one of the wizards at slimdevices sell me a bare bones (maybe hack) device that just has RCA audio outputs, hard wired Ethernet connector, and maybe a IR sensor. No display or fancy casing is necessary to hopefully greatly reduce the cost.
3) buy a used slimp3 on the cheap

Option 1 would be the best. Just my $.02 in support of a configuration that would support a synchronized player through my PC.

Eric Fiste
eric (AT) fiste (DOT) net
http://fiste.net

kdf
2004-01-19, 14:35
Quoting Eric Fiste <eric (AT) fiste (DOT) net>:


>
> Option 1 would be the best. Just my $.02 in support of a configuration that
> would support a synchronized player through my PC.
> 2) have one of the wizards at slimdevices sell me a bare bones (maybe hack)
> device that just has RCA audio outputs, hard wired Ethernet connector, and
maybe > a IR sensor. No display or fancy casing is necessary to hopefully
greatly reduce > the cost.
being open source, anyone is free to do so. I believe there is one person
(Roy?) who is curently working on something like this. I can totally understand
why Slim Devices doesn't already have this. It is not in their best interest to
make their own software player. The server is open source, so the only way Slim
stays in business, is by selling the hardware. However, credit to them that
they would not prevent such an effort, and would certainly help anyone with
questions.

Anyway, it is 'in development'...
-kdf

kdf
2004-01-19, 15:48
Quoting "Roy M. Silvernail" <roy (AT) rant-central (DOT) com>:

> On Mon, 2004-01-19 at 16:35, kdf wrote:
>
> > being open source, anyone is free to do so. I believe there is one person
> > (Roy?) who is curently working on something like this.
>
> Not I. Too busy on child process control and (eventually) stream
> transcoding.
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>

Roy M. Silvernail
2004-01-19, 15:49
On Mon, 2004-01-19 at 16:35, kdf wrote:

> being open source, anyone is free to do so. I believe there is one person
> (Roy?) who is curently working on something like this.

Not I. Too busy on child process control and (eventually) stream
transcoding.
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