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    MusicIP Rocks!

    Sorry, but I just have to share my new enthusiasm for this plugin :-).

    I've been using a squeezebox for 1 1/2 years now and have just recently discovered the magic of MusicIP! I saw it discussed in a thread here and based on what was said about it, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

    Wow!! I have a library that is currently 20,000+ tracks and growing. So, when I have time to listen to music, it is often challenging to think of an album I feel like listening to.

    MusicIP makes it easy. Just find a song, artist, or genre that appeals to you at the moment, and press-and-hold play. A playlist is created instantly that is guaranteed to appeal to you. I'm still amazed how it will pull tracks from totally different genres that fit together. It is so much better than random shuffling a genre or a group of artists. It's like having a DJ that understands your current mood and will play tracks from your library to fit.

    Here's a link to the Wiki article about it:
    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/MusicMagicMixer

    Rest assured that the free version is all you need (which is unbelievable). I got this all up and running on Linux in less than an hour.

    Always something new to discover - that's what I love about music and the SqueezeBox.

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    How is it different from Pandora? Pandora actually uses a gigantic database which holds song information about the RPM of the songs, instruments used, style. My only complaint is if you listen to the same station long enough, you start hearing the same songs again.

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    Your experience is totally different from mine.
    After MusicIP finally managed to crawl through all my music collection, it flatly refused to talk with Squeeze Center, and no amout of tweaking and fiddling about over came this problem. In the end after a week of trying I removed it. Maybe it doesn't play nice with Windows :-)

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    MusicIP Rocks!

    > Maybe it doesn't play nice with Windows :-)

    Are you using any 3rd party firewall? I could imagine communication issues
    between SC and MIP if a firewall is blocking MIP's ports.

    Michael

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    A LITTLE bit OT here, but: is there any way to run MIP on a headless system (ubuntu server that is), with only command line I/F?
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    MusicIP Rocks!

    > A LITTLE bit OT here, but: is there any way to run MIP on a headless
    > system (ubuntu server that is), with only command line I/F?


    Yes. There's a wiki article and I think MusicIP have their dedicated FAQ
    entry, too ;-). It's the way I've been running my MIP for a few years now.

    Michael


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    I'm another massive fan of MIP, and the latest beta incorporates some really new interesting functionality (see http://blog.musicip.com/). However, I'm not sure how many of these will ever make it into the headless install, which is a real shame. IME, running headless is by far the easiest way to make Squeezecenter and MIP play nicely together. I run Windows XP and my headless install has been rock solid for over two years now - Squeezecenter has been far more troublesome on occasions!

    Quick plug for the Spicefly pages too. Chris has put a lot of work into producing some really helpful info on making Squeezecenter work with MIP.

    Oh, and the last version of MIP but one introduced a new music recognition engine, so scanning your music library should be a lot faster than it was. Will still take a while, particularly if you have lots of less popular tracks (if the MIP database recognises a track because someone else has uploaded it, it will scan it quickly using the data it already has, but tracks it doesn't know take longer). May be worth giving it another try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    > A LITTLE bit OT here, but: is there any way to run MIP on a headless
    > system (ubuntu server that is), with only command line I/F?


    Yes. There's a wiki article and I think MusicIP have their dedicated FAQ
    entry, too ;-). It's the way I've been running my MIP for a few years now.

    Michael
    Thanks, finally found it, it's under "server" on MIP's page. There's nothing in the wiki, though.
    Will try to get it up and running this we.
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    MusicIP Rocks!

    > Thanks, finally found it, it's under "server" on MIP's page. There's
    > nothing in the wiki, though.


    Argh... renaming a product is a bad idea :-/. MIP used to be MusicMagic.
    And whoever created the wiki entry accidentally named it MusicMatch -
    which is yet another product all together...

    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.ph...eadlessOnLinux

    Michael

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