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anthony webb
2004-11-18, 01:39
In my never ending quest of figuring out how to simplify the whole remote listening experience for my parents who are in another country and don't have a squeezebox, yet would like to listen to some good music, I had an idea.

It is really a pain for them to "tune in" to the remote stream, then launch the web interface, find their player in the list of players and then control it (I hate when they change my music by accident!). Likewise softsqueeze has yet to do much more than emulate the squeezebox on a useable level. (I have programmed some java and I know this is an uphill battle and I must really bow to the brilliant work they have done.)

My thought was this, please let me know what you guys think, and if it is even possible:

Take a version of the squeezebox applet and strip it WAY down to bare nothing. No interface, remote, syncing, searching, config, nothing except the code to negotiate a workable player. The idea is to embed it as a hidden frame or small icon in one of the great web interfaces that are already out there. Think... fishbone with a built in player.

This would solve so many issues, relieve Rich from having to go through issues of trying to recreate a web interface type navigation, playlist, etc into softsqueeze and allow us to leverage the great web interfaces that are already out there. From there I could create a limited functionality skin that didnt link to any player or server settings and not have to deal with my dad clearing my playlist that I spent the last 2 hours creating, or have to create a whole tutorial on how to get some music streamed from my slim server.

Any thoughts?

Jason Holtzapple
2004-11-18, 07:21
anthony webb wrote:
> It is really a pain for them to "tune in" to the remote stream, then
> launch the web interface, find their player in the list of players and
> then control it (I hate when they change my music by accident!).
> Likewise softsqueeze has yet to do much more than emulate the squeezebox
> on a useable level. (I have programmed some java and I know this is an
> uphill battle and I must really bow to the brilliant work they have done.)

Why not just use winamp, windows media player or any other streaming player
and just embed the 'playlist play' command of a playlist that you've
predefined on your server into a URL:

http://my.ip.add.ress:9000/stream.mp3?p0=playlist&p1=play&p2=playlistname

They cut and paste this URL into their player and it works. This seems a
lot easier than mucking with Softsqueeze.

anthony
2004-11-18, 10:39
Jason Holtzapple <jasonholtzapple@...> writes:

>
> anthony webb wrote:
> > It is really a pain for them to "tune in" to the remote stream, then
> > launch the web interface, find their player in the list of players and
> > then control it (I hate when they change my music by accident!).
> > Likewise softsqueeze has yet to do much more than emulate the squeezebox
> > on a useable level. (I have programmed some java and I know this is an
> > uphill battle and I must really bow to the brilliant work they have done.)
>
> Why not just use winamp, windows media player or any other streaming player
> and just embed the 'playlist play' command of a playlist that you've
> predefined on your server into a URL:
>
> http://my.ip.add.ress:9000/stream.mp3?p0=playlist&p1=play&p2=playlistname
>
> They cut and paste this URL into their player and it works. This seems a
> lot easier than mucking with Softsqueeze.
>

Getting stuff to play via winamp is not the issue, but using winamp gives no way
of browsing or managing the playlist. The real goal is to integrate the
management interface and player into one screen.

Any softsqueeze buffs out there who can tell me if this is possible, and if so
how small could that stripped down applet be? You there Richard?

-Anthony

kdf
2004-11-18, 11:28
Quoting anthony <ievolve (AT) hotmail (DOT) com>:

> Jason Holtzapple <jasonholtzapple@...> writes:
>
> >
> > anthony webb wrote:
> > > It is really a pain for them to "tune in" to the remote stream, then
> > > launch the web interface, find their player in the list of players and
> > > then control it (I hate when they change my music by accident!).
> > > Likewise softsqueeze has yet to do much more than emulate the squeezebox
> > > on a useable level. (I have programmed some java and I know this is an
> > > uphill battle and I must really bow to the brilliant work they have
> done.)
> >
> > Why not just use winamp, windows media player or any other streaming player
> > and just embed the 'playlist play' command of a playlist that you've
> > predefined on your server into a URL:
> >
> > http://my.ip.add.ress:9000/stream.mp3?p0=playlist&p1=play&p2=playlistname
> >
> > They cut and paste this URL into their player and it works. This seems a
> > lot easier than mucking with Softsqueeze.
> >
>
> Getting stuff to play via winamp is not the issue, but using winamp gives no
> way
> of browsing or managing the playlist. The real goal is to integrate the
> management interface and player into one screen.
>
> Any softsqueeze buffs out there who can tell me if this is possible, and if
> so
> how small could that stripped down applet be? You there Richard?
>
> -Anthony

softsqueeze is slowly progress towards fully integrated search and playlist
management. an applet version is available in a link through the help section
of slimserver.
-kdf