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socistep
2009-02-27, 06:40
Hi All,

Made a decision to purchase a barebones tranquilPC mainly to act as a server for streaming music, file sharing etc., was going to add 1Tb HDD/RAM and run Linux on this...

http://www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk/acatalog/T7-330_Barebones.html

I preferred this over a NAS and although would be headless would have future option to use as another PC.

I went to order on the website but chanced upon this software

http://www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk/acatalog/MUSIC_SOFTWARE_DRIVES.html

I can see a lot of benefits of this and would make the re-ripping of my library to FLAC & ongoing music management a lot quicker and easier, however it will only run on Windows Home Server.

Not sure on what to do, does anyone know of similar software on Linux that provides a more automated solution or would I have to go for a WHS type solution ?

All comments welcome !

thanks
Ian

GlenL
2009-02-27, 06:57
You might want to take a look at Vortexbox http://vortexbox.org/about/

I believe the author is a member of this site (which is always a good thing) :-)

socistep
2009-02-27, 08:19
You might want to take a look at Vortexbox http://vortexbox.org/about/

I believe the author is a member of this site (which is always a good thing) :-)

Yeah, I had a look at Vortexbox previously, it looks good however I guess this means that the box would exclusively be used for music management/streaming - I was looking to potentially use the box for other means going forward and the AVA media software looked to bridge the gap and give automated functionality

mr_alan
2009-02-27, 10:33
I think GRIP can do things automatically on insert - and then eject when finished. If not, then abcde (a better command line encoder - geddit?) for command line only servers. However, I find that I often have to change what comes up automatically from CDDB. This is especially true for Classical music, where any sensible person would want the composer in the "Artist" bit, so it may be best to rip on your desktop machine anyway, just so you can check before it does it, otherwise it's a lot of arduous tag editing later.

socistep
2009-02-27, 11:05
I think GRIP can do things automatically on insert - and then eject when finished. If not, then abcde (a better command line encoder - geddit?) for command line only servers. However, I find that I often have to change what comes up automatically from CDDB. This is especially true for Classical music, where any sensible person would want the composer in the "Artist" bit, so it may be best to rip on your desktop machine anyway, just so you can check before it does it, otherwise it's a lot of arduous tag editing later.

Yeah mr_alan thats a good point, there would be a lot of tagging afterwards required, especially for compilation albums.

More thinking required...

agillis
2009-02-27, 11:20
It looks like VortexBox will do everything that AVA Media does. VortexBox rips CDs to FLAC and MP3 automatically and downloads the cover art. VortexBox is free instead of the 39 that AVA Media costs. And you don't have to spend $100 on Windows Home Server.

You can also use VortexBox as a generic NAS box and a back end for other players like XBMC and iTunes. Hope this helps.