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Russell Mulcahy
2004-11-03, 15:35
I run a Windows Media Centre server which (hold the flames!) is a nice piece
of stuff. I still use Slimserver and Squeezebox for music because the
hardware is good and because of the synchronisation.

So for me, personally, streaming via WMC (I assume that this TLA is the same
as MCE ;-) would be really neat - if the synchronisation still worked.

For Slimdevices, I wonder if there is a risk that the might MS marketing
machine might marginalise them if they don't do this. If Windows Media
Centre really takes off (and I am beginning to think it might) then
SlimDevices are missing a huge market that might be available to their
competitors. Not good news in the longer term.

I know that Slim serves a more techie market but it's inevitably a smaller
one.

Also, of course, the technical problems might be insurmountable!

Just a couple of cents.

Russell.


Jesse David Hollington wrote:
> Well, Microsoft is pushing Windows Media Connect as supporting the Roku,
> so that may explain it somewhat. (Of course, I went to the Squeezebox
> specifically to move my media *away* from Windows, so I'm not sure I
> actually care ;-)
>
> See
>
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/devices/wmconnect/default.aspx
for
> info.
>
> (Just stumbled across this randomly today while researching something
else).

So, would it be possible for the Squeezebox to work with WMC? i.e. could
the firmware be re-written to work without slimserver?

I guess it might be possible to stream audio but slimserver also
controls the Squeezebox display, doesn't it?

One way to do it might be to write a small server module (either for
slimserver or standalone) that talks to Windows Media Connect and
behaves like a Network Device and streams whatever is sent from WMC to
the Squeezebox. Sounds like an interesting project...!

R.
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Robin Bowes
2004-11-03, 16:06
Russell Mulcahy wrote:
> I run a Windows Media Centre server which (hold the flames!) is a nice piece
> of stuff.

Do you mean you have a PC with Windows XP Media Centre Edition?

> I still use Slimserver and Squeezebox for music because the
> hardware is good and because of the synchronisation.
>
> So for me, personally, streaming via WMC (I assume that this TLA is the same
> as MCE ;-) would be really neat - if the synchronisation still worked.

WMC = Windows Media connect
MCE = Media Centre Edition

So, I think we may be talking about different things but, whilst I'm
clear what I mean, I'm not sure what you mean so I can't be sure!

R.

> Jesse David Hollington wrote:
>
>>Well, Microsoft is pushing Windows Media Connect as supporting the Roku,
>>so that may explain it somewhat. (Of course, I went to the Squeezebox
>>specifically to move my media *away* from Windows, so I'm not sure I
>>actually care ;-)
>>
>>See
>>
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/devices/wmconnect/default.aspx
> for
>
>>info.
>>
>>(Just stumbled across this randomly today while researching something
>
> else).
>
> So, would it be possible for the Squeezebox to work with WMC? i.e. could
> the firmware be re-written to work without slimserver?
>
> I guess it might be possible to stream audio but slimserver also
> controls the Squeezebox display, doesn't it?
>
> One way to do it might be to write a small server module (either for
> slimserver or standalone) that talks to Windows Media Connect and
> behaves like a Network Device and streams whatever is sent from WMC to
> the Squeezebox. Sounds like an interesting project...!
>
> R.


--
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