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Dave Rodger
2004-02-10, 20:08
Hey--

I've tried browsing the archives (no search available at: http://lists.slimdevices.com/archives/discuss/ that I can see) and I have 2 questions regarding iTunes and the new 5.1 release (not release-dependent--but that's what I'm running.)

I'd like to use iTunes as my PC management software, so I set up the slimserver to use iTunes. As a result, it seems to constantly be rescanning my music database. My Server settings include:
Use iTunes
Don't Cache MP3 Tag Database (because it says has no effect when using iTunes)
Cache Playlist & Directory

Is there something else I should be looking at (or, if this is in fact in the archives, any pointers to how to find it?)

Second, is it in fact the case that I should be able to play purchased iTunes songs over the slimserver/slimp3, or is this in fact not supported?

Thanks.

-dave

kdf
2004-02-10, 20:38
Quoting Dave Rodger <dave (AT) davidrodger (DOT) com>:

> Hey--
>
> I've tried browsing the archives (no search available at:
> http://lists.slimdevices.com/archives/discuss/ that I can see) and I have 2
> questions regarding iTunes and the new 5.1 release (not
> release-dependent--but that's what I'm running.)
>
> I'd like to use iTunes as my PC management software, so I set up the
> slimserver to use iTunes. As a result, it seems to constantly be rescanning
> my music database. My Server settings include:
> Use iTunes
> Don't Cache MP3 Tag Database (because it says has no effect when using
> iTunes)
> Cache Playlist & Directory
>
> Is there something else I should be looking at (or, if this is in fact in the
> archives, any pointers to how to find it?)

Its due to the scans for artwork. There are optimised routines to drastically
reduce the resource usage with iTunes to be included with the 5.1.1 release,
coming soon. In the meantime, you can change the server settings (additional
server settings, performance) to NOT look for artwork if you dont use it. The
other option is to not be running iTunes while you run slimserver. Any changes
inteh iTunes library will cause a rescan every few seconds.


> Second, is it in fact the case that I should be able to play purchased iTunes
> songs over the slimserver/slimp3, or is this in fact not supported?

AAC files are supported, Protected AAC (like those purchased at ITMS are not
supported. Blame lays squarely on Apple for that, and perhaps restrictions
needed to allow them to sell songs. Only option so far is to burn teh songs to
CD, then re-rip to unprotected files. There are other tricks, but they pretty
much amount to the same thing. There is one way to skip the need for a blank
cd, but I don't remember the procedure.

-kdf

Mark Palmberg
2004-02-10, 21:34
This way is to use the *very* handy iTunes-->LAME script, available
free from VersionTracker or MacUpdate, to import your AAC tunes into
iTunes as .mp3s. It's slick. And it saves you from having to burn to
a CD. It's the only way to fly.

On Feb 10, 2004, at 9:38 PM, kdf wrote:

> There is one way to skip the need for a blank
> cd, but I don't remember the procedure.
>
> -kdf
>