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One way to play iTunes music over the internet
Authored by: jelockwood on Jan 10, '08 08:20:42AM

In this form, this hint requires enough outgoing bandwidth to cope with bitrate of your music files. If your iTunes library contains just MP3 tracks then that might only be between 128 and 256Kbps, or for AAC also between 128 and 256Kbps. However if you use AIFF or WAV it might need to be as high as 1.2Mbps. My own library is all in Apple Lossless and averages about 700Kbps.

Since the most common outgoing speed of home DSL links is a mere 256Kbps even MP3/AAC tracks may on occasion struggle (remember the link is often shared with other customers and possibly other applications on your own network, let alone overheads in networking protocols themselves).

The approach I have done (just to prove it can be done, in the real world this is what an iPod is for after all), was to install the free SlimServer software on my Mac. The SlimServer software can share the iTunes library, but more importantly it can be configured to transcode the music to a specific format and bitrate in real time. I therefore set it up to transcode to 128Kbps MP3 (I found even 192Kbps sometimes struggled with my mere 256Kbps outbound connection). I then use the free SoftSqueeze Java client to access the SlimServer and browse and play any track I want.

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