[maemo-users] Streaming Music to the N800

From: Dan Dennedy dan at dennedy.org
Date: Sat Jul 28 10:25:24 EEST 2007
On Friday 27 July 2007, Alan Williamson wrote:
> Thanks Dan, however this all requires you control it using a web
> browser; i already have that setup with SlimServer.
> i don't want to have to juggle a media+player and the web+browser on my
> N800 while listening to music.  Its clunky and in today's modern age, we
> should demand something sexier!! :)

canola certainly fits that bill. I was trying to suggest a browser-based 
experience--not requiring the media player--with a hint that there should be 
a media player browser plugin.

> I have been playing with USHARE and so far thats *not* too bad --
> however it croaks on certain directories which i am not sure why.  So i
> will investigate that.

I too will check it out. I am testing gmediaserver (audio only afaik); it was 
easy to compile and run. However, I am not getting reliable results. mythtv 
is a upnp server, but I only use it as a backend for recording, and its not 
setup for sharing my other media. I will explore that one next.

> On the N800 front: Canola and MediaPlayer are both performing well; but
> the MediaStreamer refuses to find the USHARE server.
> On this journey, it has taught me one thing; this isn't for the faint
> hearted; setting up this little device to do something as simple as
> streaming from your music collection is not for the casual user.  This
> is yet another hole in the N800 armour in terms of mass adoption.

well, don't forget that once canola and a server like ushare are working good, 
except for mp3, you need to setup transcoding especially for Ogg Vorbis and 
video. ushare calls a upnp server that does transcoding on-the-fly a "media 

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