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Jim McCall
2004-08-26, 12:17
I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their computer and
store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the itunes
locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is this? I
hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.

Thanks,
Jim

Ken Anderson
2004-08-26, 12:35
Jim,

I had experienced an issue with a very old version where I was locating
my music elsewhere and it couldn't find the playlists (but the music
was fine).

To make it work, all you have to do is tell slimserver to use iTunes -
you don't have to give it a location or anything. I now use the easy
route, which is that my music is in the standard location, and the user
running the slimserver is the same as the user with the music - but
other things are always possible.

if you're worried about it working, just use the standard setup - it
works great!

Ken

On Aug 26, 2004, at 3:17 PM, Jim McCall wrote:

> I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their
> computer and
> store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the
> itunes
> locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is
> this? I
> hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.
>
> Thanks,
> Jim
>
>
>
>

Stephen Ryan
2004-08-26, 12:51
On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 15:17, Jim McCall wrote:
> I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their computer and
> store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the itunes
> locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is this? I
> hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.

You should be aware that iTunes will re-arrange your files into its own
preferred directory hierarchy. If you have them stored in huge random
piles, you may not care, but if you've put any time into filing them
carefully, you'll probably be highly annoyed that iTunes just moves them
every which way without asking.

I had a photo-management program (lphoto, basically a clone of iPhoto)
try the same trick on me; thankfully it failed due to running out of
disk space, as it stupidly tried to copy 3 years of digital photos from
a big server onto a small partition that was almost full, but I'm still
annoyed that it even tried to do that.
--
Stephen Ryan
Digital Rights Management is bad for all of us:
http://www.bricklin.com/robfuture.htm

Jack Coates
2004-08-26, 13:00
> On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 15:17, Jim McCall wrote:
>> I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their computer
>> and
>> store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the
>> itunes
>> locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is
>> this? I
>> hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.
>
> You should be aware that iTunes will re-arrange your files into its own
> preferred directory hierarchy. If you have them stored in huge random
> piles, you may not care, but if you've put any time into filing them
> carefully, you'll probably be highly annoyed that iTunes just moves them
> every which way without asking.
>

Caution, heretical viewpoint coming :)

I can't stand iTunes or the iPod -- my wife has that setup, and both have
taken a lot more learning curve than my iRiver IHP-120 and a file browser.
I guess they're trying to make it intuitive and easy for people who don't
know anything about computers, but in the doing so they've made it
difficult for people who do know computers, IMHO.
--
Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
"Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA

Ken Anderson
2004-08-26, 13:08
Jack,

Are you talking about on a PC, or a Mac? Even being a software
engineer, I've always enjoyed using iTunes on a mac. I never tried it
on a PC, so I don't know how they compare. Granted, it stores your
music the way it wants...but since I'm not interested in that, it
doesn't bother me :)

Ken

On Aug 26, 2004, at 4:00 PM, Jack Coates wrote:

>
>> On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 15:17, Jim McCall wrote:
>>> I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their
>>> computer
>>> and
>>> store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the
>>> itunes
>>> locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is
>>> this? I
>>> hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.
>>
>> You should be aware that iTunes will re-arrange your files into its
>> own
>> preferred directory hierarchy. If you have them stored in huge random
>> piles, you may not care, but if you've put any time into filing them
>> carefully, you'll probably be highly annoyed that iTunes just moves
>> them
>> every which way without asking.
>>
>
> Caution, heretical viewpoint coming :)
>
> I can't stand iTunes or the iPod -- my wife has that setup, and both
> have
> taken a lot more learning curve than my iRiver IHP-120 and a file
> browser.
> I guess they're trying to make it intuitive and easy for people who
> don't
> know anything about computers, but in the doing so they've made it
> difficult for people who do know computers, IMHO.
> --
> Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
> "Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
> themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA
>

Jack Coates
2004-08-26, 14:07
> Jack,
>
> Are you talking about on a PC, or a Mac? Even being a software
> engineer, I've always enjoyed using iTunes on a mac. I never tried it
> on a PC, so I don't know how they compare. Granted, it stores your
> music the way it wants...but since I'm not interested in that, it
> doesn't bother me :)
>
> Ken

we've used both, the UI is the same in both cases. I'm sure it's a
minority viewpoint, and I generally dislike most Apple UI which definitely
puts me in the minority.

--
Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
"Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA

John Gorst
2004-08-27, 02:41
Jim McCall wrote:

> I have read reports here about people that use itunes on their computer and
> store music in the itunes location; they then point slimserver to the itunes
> locations to find music. Realistically, how fraught with problems is this? I
> hear people having slimserver not being able to locate that music.

I am thinking of doing this as I believe the itunes database to be fasster?

Anyway, can itunes organise my flac songs for me?

Cheers