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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files Apps
The marvelous SLIMP3 device is a hardware and software solution to stream music from your computer out through your stereo. However, just using the SLIMP3 music serving software, which is open source and free, you can send multiple MP3 music streams to any computer that can play MP3's from a stream. It has advantages over iTunes music sharing: (1) cross platform, (2) multiple user-controlled music streams.

First, get the SLIMP3 server software. Install the software and then use the SLIMP3 preferences pane to start the server. It should auto-detect the music files in your iTunes library. If your computer is at IP address 192.168.0.101, then the SLIMP3 music server can be controlled from your web browser by pointing the browser at 192.168.0.101:9000.

Go to iTunes and under the "Advanced" menu, and then select "Open Stream" and enter:
http://192.168.0.101:9000/stream.mp3
Go back to your web browser and select a song from the playlist on the left hand side of the web page. On the upper right hand corner there should be a popup list of SLIMP3 clients, and the IP address of your machine should be listed, since you have iTunes running as a client. Click the play button and the music will play through iTunes.

This same process will work for two different Macs, and this music streaming system is cross-platform. It will work with any web browser and any MP3 player (WinAmp) that can open an MP3 stream. You can also have multiple streams that go to different remote clients.

[robg adds: As with any streaming tool, it's up to you to insure that what you're streaming is legal. Personally, I've been using iTunes streaming to play my home collection at work, but I may give SLIMP3 a shot to see how it compares.]
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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: bluehz on May 23, '03 11:44:12AM

INCREDIBLE!!!! Thats all I can say!!!

Works fantastic and the web interface and server is extremely polished. Many, many options I hav enot figured out yet. But I did figure out you can actually use it to broadcast your own streaming radio station (ooops did I say that). You just in the player options to synchronize players and then whatever you choose to play locally gets sent out to all connected.



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: imageworx on May 23, '03 01:50:48PM

Ok, this sounds like I can allow my co-workers to have iTunes open and use up bandwidth. So tell me, how much bandwidth will it use on a local LAN? Say 8-10 users? It won't be leaving our LAN, so is this legit?
(well, the songs are ripped from actual CD library so...rebroadcasting can be implied...)

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To BeOS or Not to BeOS



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: legacyb4 on May 25, '03 08:02:59AM

http://www.scotsnewsletter.com/best_of/dtrct.htm

A streaming 128k song sucks up something like 15-17 k/sec as far as bandwidth needs go. Check out the table for higher bitrate songs for the consumption needs.

Thus, on my 8 megabit ADSL line, I get something close to 100 k/sec upstream speeds which means I can probably support 4-5 users before things get choppy... downstream, I can pull down some serious nice numbers without even trying.



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SLIMP3 server (I can't create playlists)
Authored by: powerguardian on May 25, '03 07:21:13PM

I never see the "popup list of SLIMP3 clients", and don't seem to be able to create play lists. It seems determined to tell me that I don't have the device. (May actually buy one, it looks very cool)

Otherwise it seems to come up ok. I do see it in Rendevous under Safari as SLIMP3 server.

MP3Sushi works just fine.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Chuck



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SLIMP3 server (I can't create playlists)
Authored by: bluehz on May 27, '03 07:17:05AM

I think before you will see the ip in the drop down menu you will have to connect to the server with iTunes. Open iTunes and "Open URL..." http://localhost/stream.mp3 (or whatever host you are using), then click the play button as if you were playing that URL. No sound will appear at first, but I believe if you now switch back to the SlimMP3 interface and reload the page the IP will now show up in the server list drop down menu.



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SLIMP3 server (I can't create playlists)
Authored by: Ganymede on May 27, '03 08:16:55AM

Well, that helped... now I at least get the drop down player list. Still no sound, though...(I can hear alerts & other system sounds just fine). I've tried using both my IP address, and just "localhost" in the iTunes "open stream" dialog.

On the player, when I use the ip address, It always says, "stopped at #2 of 26" (for example). Even when iTunes appears to be playing (time is elapsing, and the triangular play buttun changed to a filled black square). If I go to iTunes directly, and hit the play button there, it starts right in playing whatever is in the menu there.

I switched to the other player (127.0.0.1), once I had the drop down, picked a new playlist, and hit play ... now the player says its playing, but it isn't. Then Itunes quit.

I guess that means it's time to get an hour of sleep before getting up to go to work...

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

Using Alain Cretit's "Better Sound" system pref pane, but I don't have the iMic plugged in just now...
733G4 10.2.6, USB hub, HP printer, coupla firewire drives, a sony 17 and a Vivitron 21...crammed in the home office with the other 3 Macs, a NEC laserwriter, some video, some midi music, and a coupla PC's...what a mess



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SLIMP3 server (I can't create playlists)
Authored by: bluehz on May 27, '03 08:58:54AM

You might need to open port 9000 on your firewall - even if it is a local connection. Of note - whatever shows up in your drop down menu is exactly what you have to use in iTunes... they must match. So 127.0.0.1 is not teh same as localhost.. even though it is.



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MP3 Sushi
Authored by: dustbuster on May 23, '03 08:27:01PM
MP3 Sushi is a easy-to-use implementation of SLIMP3.

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MP3 Sushi
Authored by: bluehz on May 23, '03 10:54:03PM

I have used MP3Sushi and it offers no where near the polish and level of customization available in the SlimMP3 Server. MP3Sushi is basically on/off... and a few basic features.



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what ports to be opened?
Authored by: mattmend on May 27, '03 10:32:06AM

On the subject of streaming using iTunes are Slimp, if I wanted to use either to listen to my music at work, what port(s) would I need to open on my firewall at home to have my machine at work connect properly?

TIA -

Matt



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what ports to be opened?
Authored by: legacyb4 on May 27, '03 10:42:20PM

Just open up the port you designate that the SLIMP3 will listen (default 9000).



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what ports to be opened?
Authored by: phlash on May 29, '03 03:34:01AM

Hi Matt,

Any luck? I'm trying to do the same thing with no success.

I've got port forwarding, so I opened up 9000 - nothing!
the faq has a networking section that says UDP ports 1069 and 3483 need to be open for comms between the SLIMP3 hardware and the server, but it doesn't any difference.

I can't even see the browser interface on from anywhere but localhost :-(

Any ideas?

Cheers,

Phil



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: legacyb4 on May 27, '03 10:45:46PM

An updated version of SLIMP3 is expected shortly that will support "on-the-fly conversion from AAC to MP3" for playback which means you can keep converting your collection over.

With the demise of Net streaming within iTunes 4.0.1, we music lovers are relegated back to using third-party solutions to access our music.



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: bluehz on May 28, '03 11:49:01AM

Most excellent - where did you hear about this update????



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Works as advertised!
Authored by: Wheaty73 on May 28, '03 05:27:08PM

Once you get the hang of setting up the playlist in your browser and clicking 'play' before going to your player and loading the stream, it works really well. I have 2 streams going, and haven't seen / heard any stuttering yet.

Great hint.



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Works as advertised!
Authored by: Ganymede on Jun 02, '03 04:39:55PM

Many thanks to BLUEHZ and others - I opened the two ports in my firewall as described, and eventually it is all working - with control from either of two Macs, one of which is also the server - and beyond that it is Geek-speak for mee.

Ganymede



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: bluehz on Jun 17, '03 01:01:11PM

SLimMP3 server updated today. Now supports AAC files... other improvements.



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: bensycamore on Jun 30, '03 01:59:04PM

I can't seem to get it to work! I have done everything documented in the original post. It recognizes my iTunes library with no problems, and have viewed it from many different computers around my house, but on the right hand side under "now playing" it says "Your SLIMP3 player was not found."
and i cannot seem to do any streaming.

Any Ideas?

And also, if I get it to work within my airport network, will I be able to access my SLIMP3 library, from an outside source, such as my friends computer a few miles away?



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Use an SLIMP3 server software to stream MP3 files
Authored by: bluehz on Jul 01, '03 08:52:39AM

It can be a bit finicky and slow at times. Sometimew requiring several page reloads to get your player connection to show up. I have no single solution though.



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