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Ethernet MP3 Player

michael posted more than 13 years ago | from the ping-your-stereo dept.

Music 232

Erik Johansson writes: "You can now stream mp3s to your stereo, the guys at slimdevices seems to be building a bonafide ethernet mp3 player. There are some cool pictures of the soldering sweatshop, so perhaps it isn't vaporware?"

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Website Author Rob Malda, dead at 25 (-1, Flamebait)

Bilton (517325) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217064)

I just read sad news on the internet - website author Rob Malda was found dead in his Michigan home this morning. I'm sure we'll all miss him - even if you didnt read his editorial comments you've probably enjoyed one of his websites. Truly an American icon.

This is not something to make jokes about! (-1)

undertroll (177378) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217077)

What if someone believes what you post? Imagine the disappointment and horror when he finds out it isn't true.

Re:This is not something to make jokes about! (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217118)

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MP3 is evil (-1)

undertroll (177378) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217066)

Pirates everywhere!

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Please tell me (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217076)

Did you need to combat the lameness filter at all in order to post that? Ever since they "updated" the filter none of my old tricks work anymore. Please share your secret.

Re:Please tell me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217082)

Simple stuff without many repeating letters goes through without problems now. The old filter used to catch that, but I won't complain.

Re:Please tell me (0)

Bilton (517325) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217083)

Ever since they "updated" the filter none of my old tricks work anymore. Please share your secret.

Obviously, he's a JEW. What did you expect?

Everybody loves COCK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217068)

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Re:Everybody loves COCK (1)

Regolith (322916) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217089)

Isn't it nice to see that someone has figured out how to beat the ASCII art filter. *Groan*

Re:Everybody loves COCK (0)

Bilton (517325) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217102)

*Groan*

Got you off too, huh?

Re:Everybody loves COCK (1)

sydb (176695) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217112)

Also, you are meant to check your links.

None of your goddamn links work!

Re:Everybody loves COCK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217169)

Excellent work, however you don't need the ".com"

see: . [slashdot.org]

or maybe you don't see...?

shit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217171)

forgot to preview

see: . [fnord]

Re:shit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217198)

Yeah, I know you don't need the .com, but I just love the absurdity of having them there. :-)

Re:Everybody loves COCK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217270)

heh.. glad to see some one has figured out an appropriate use for the url preview

Asschaps (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217070)

He took me into the bedroom so I could pass out. I was in the bed and I heard him lock the door. I asked him why he did that and he said, "So no one will bother you." He lay in the bed next to me and told me to go to sleep and I would feel better. I remember falling asleep and being woken up by him pushing me and saying, "Put this in your mouth.": I kept saying, "No, no, no, I'm tired, leave me alone." Then I felt him take off my underwear. I told him to stop. He wouldn't. He started to get on top of me and I started to scream. To get him away, I said, "please stop, I have AIDS," but he didn't. He said, "So do I." I started to scream again and then he put his hand over my mouth and raped me.

Oh sweet! (3, Interesting)

baptiste (256004) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217071)

That is one sweet little device! Nice to see someone go with a flourescent display instead of backlit LCD - they are more expensive, but so easier to read!

Man - hand soldering SMD board s- not a fun task! More power to these guys! I'm signing up for one for sure - my MP3 server is screaming for something like this!

The more of us that sign up and buy - the sooner they'll get ne in a nice box :)

Insaine! (1)

xeos (174989) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217072)

That looks insanely hard to solder. Wow. I'd not believe it, but look at all those chips. A good fake if it is fake.

Re:Insaine! (5, Informative)

baptiste (256004) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217100)

Its actually not impossible. SMD chips come with solder coated pins. The PCBs have a coat of solder on the pads as well. You spary flux on the board and heat the pins to join the pins and pad together. They make special heads for soldering irons to fit various SMD package types so you can heat all the pins at once.

Its not easy but it can be done. If enough folks order them, however, it'll make economic sense for them to get them made in a fab facility.

And I'm sure its not a fake. Embedded devices have gotten very powerful. You can fit an entire ethernet capable Java computer [ibutton.com] with its own embedded JVM, filesystem, etc on a SIMM size card. An MP3 player that just reads a socket stream, decodes the MP3 and outputs audio is not super complex. Its not childs play but its certainly something an embedded system could do. Can't wait to get mine - gonna be fun to finally hook up my stereo to my RAID5 MP3 array :)

Re:Insaine! (5, Informative)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217195)

It is certainly possible, but it's not easy. The SliMP3 firmware is, AFAIK, the only modern IP stack to have been entirely hand-coded in assembler. The hardware we're using is a PIC microcontroller, along with a custom chip (prototyped in a Xilinx CPLD) for doing DMA transfer through an SRAM to the MPEG decoder. It's a rather different design than other embedded Internet platforms - we're cranking 10Mbps through system built around a 20Mhz, 8-bit microcontroller. Of course you don't need this kind of throughput for an MPEG *audio* stream...

Re:Insaine! (2)

baptiste (256004) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217237)

I thought your prototype chips looked like they had Microchip logos on them. Very sweet. I wasn't saying it was a walk in the park, but my point was it was doable and many have done it, even with PICs - though an assmebler stack - now that's impressive. It was by no means fake :)

Keep up the great work - can't wait till you guys are ready to ship - I'm into embedded design myself (and have also spent many hours in the sldering sweatshop station :) ) and would love to get my hands on one of these babies :)

It's gonna be awile (1)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217073)

I'm going to venture a guess and say it isn't going to be available commercially for about another 25 years....at least if they are soldering all the surface mount stuff by hand. 5000 caps is a lot of soldering, especially if what you are soldering is about a square millimeter in size.

Re:It's gonna be awile (4, Informative)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217211)

We'll start shipping in about two weeks. I expect our first batch to sell out rather quickly (thanks, Slashdot!) and we'll start taking pre-orders as soon as that happens.

Reminds me of how core memory used to be made (1)

dezwart (113598) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217074)

Hopefully, they will not go as blind as bats doing the first few production runs.

What I'd really like to know is this:

When is the wireless version coming out?

NO ONE FUCKING CARES (-1, Offtopic)

Bilton (517325) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217079)

judging by the amount of kikes who posted on this comment, no one gives a damn

What if? (1)

tankrshr77 (170422) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217080)

With all these new "smart" devices, what happens if someone streams his music into his toaster-oven accidently?

Re:What if? (1)

dezwart (113598) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217090)

Musical Toast!

Not a bad idea actually, hmmm, where is that toaster.

Go Go Gadget Lameness Filter!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217084)

Go Go Gadget Lameness Filter!!!

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Penny? (-1, Offtopic)

egg troll (515396) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217104)

Now if you have an ASCII Penny, that would be snazzy!

Re:Go Go Gadget Lameness Filter!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217109)

haha, that's funny. Although the best one was of that guy holding the sign that said "welcome to slashdot!". I wish I had bookmarked that site, damn.

Re:Go Go Gadget Lameness Filter!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217120)

Damn. The filter let Gadget through but, it blocked my kudos.

Outstanding work.

haha!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217149)

this is fucking hilarious!!!
slashdot lameness filter being violated like taco's asshole!!!
keep up the good job fellow ascii crapflooders!!!

wowsers! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217220)

gotta love that show. has anyone seen Dr. Claw's face?

Re:wowsers! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217241)

Dr. Claw's face is here [simplenet.com] . No actual cartoon, just a screen from the Gaget NES game & a couple of some cracked out toy.

The Rio Receiver (5, Informative)

fuchikoma (144790) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217086)

Found here (http://www.riohome.com/products/receiver.htm), the Rio Receiver does basicaly the same thing, and is already available in stores.

It also has the advantage of being able to stream over standard phone lines, for those of us who don't have cat5 strung out to the living room.

Re:The Rio Receiver (3, Interesting)

EvlG (24576) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217119)

Problem with the Rio is you have to run a special Win32 app to stream to the thing. its not as flexbile as I would wish.

That and the display is impossible to read from across the room.

Re:The Rio Receiver (5, Insightful)

dschuetz (10924) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217185)

Problem with the Rio is you have to run a special Win32 app to stream to the thing. its not as flexbile as I would wish.

Actually, that's not necessarily true. Jeff Mock (http://www.mock.com/receiver/ [mock.com] ) has hacked together a linux server for it. Basically, it's a bunch of mod_perl scripts for apache, along with a real simple perl server to answer the device's initial request.

That, and it runs linux, too (sort of). Basically, it spits out a DHCP request for an IP address, sends a broadcast request to a particular port to ask for servers (which is answered by the little perl server), and from there it learns of the IP address and TFTP directory of the server. It then NFS mounts a directory from that server, and reboots with the image it pulls from that directory. So, to upgrade it, just change the files in the server's directory. Real cool. Once running, everything (all artist, track lookups, and audio fetching) happens over HTTP on the fly.

They've even got a cross-compiler for it, so you can write some of your own programs, and a couple kernel hacks already. I'm waiting for someone to improve the UI a little -- it's good, but not quite all there. Maybe 80% perfect.

I got mine for, like, $150, on E-Bay. Also branded specifically by Rio, though the front panel looks much weirder.

There's also the AudioTron, which I looked at first, but that scans your net for SMB servers, then builds its own internal database. Lose power, lose the database, and you've got to re-scan all over again.

That and the display is impossible to read from across the room.

That I will give you. :(

I definitely recommend the Rio Receiver, though. I'd love to see more people hacking it, and improving it. I'm really amazed it hasn't been a bigger hit around here so far...

david.

Re:The Rio Receiver (3, Interesting)

Spoing (152917) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217262)

Since the Rio Receiver's OS can be updated, can Ogg Vorbis support be added? I'm very curious...

Re:The Rio Receiver (1)

Breakdown (5084) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217123)

I picked up one of these at the local Best Buy on clearance. Seems that no one really wanted to pay 300 bucks for a streaming mp3 stereo component. They are clearanced for about 150 bucks now and well worth every penny. The boys from the former Empeg group (Empeg mp3 car stereo) now work for SonicBlue/Rio and are planning on firmware upgrades to fix the little "quirks" of the box. Namely it only reads 7000 mp3s and only 250 mp3s from one artist. The true test was to watch how my non-techie fiance responded to it. She knew I had a ton of mp3s but didn't know how to find them all on my computer. She fell in love with the Rio receiver the first day.

Lets Compare. (0, Redundant)

jarodss (243400) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217180)

System Requirements

Rio Receiver [riohome.com]

Windows 98, Windows 98SE, 2000, Millennium

Audiotron [voyetra-turtle-beach.com]

Windows 98 / Millennium / NT 4.0 WorkStation / Windows 2000 Professional

SliMP3

Linux, Windows or MacOS.

No more of this shit (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217087)

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Re:No more of this shit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217117)

someone tell me, is that a dog? what is it doing?
sorry, but i wear cokebottles :-)

Re:No more of this shit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217228)

LOL hahahahah that is some funny ass shit

oh man (5, Funny)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217088)

wtf, i cant pass calculus, but these bastards can do this soldering while drinking beer? I'm going to be workign at McDonald's the rest of my frickin' life...

Don't worry... (4, Funny)

kypper (446750) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217172)

Drink beer and you too can solder.


Just don't do it on your hand; drops of molten silver do NOT look cool, no matter what your drunken buddies say.

Tux loves the feel of Bill Gates' cock. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217091)

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slashdotted (1)

cvore (178992) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217092)

cool. The site is ./ed after 17 comments.. Thats very, very good.. :)

Re:slashdotted (1)

well_jung (462688) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217202)

On a saturday, no less.

Daddy! (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217094)

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Re:Daddy! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217126)

Do you use an ASCII art graphics program? If so, which one?

The artwork is great.

Re:Daddy! (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217139)

I'm been stealing them from here [uni-hannover.de] , and have tried a few graphics programs as well, but none have yet proved to be good enough.

Re:Daddy! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217167)

Good ASCII art needs to be hand-made; none of the programs I've ever seen can generate anything worth looking at.

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Audiotron (5, Informative)

cs668 (89484) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217103)

Turtle Beach has the Audiotron which does the same thimg works great and can be found at some best buys for $149. I love mine.

Re:Audiotron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217164)

The web site seems to imply that this machine might work with Samba. Anyone tried it yet?

Re:Audiotron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217194)

Works here without a hitch. The audiotron's cheaper and works better than that silly Rio device.

Re:Audiotron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217218)

I thought audiotron costed $299. The cheapest place I found it was at outpost.com for $289

Re:Audiotron (1)

Ob the Rat (32737) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217223)

Mine's been working great for several months now, and there isn't a Microsoft box in the house. Turtle Beach has been wonderfully responsive to requests for new features. If you get one, be sure to keep up with the newsgroup so that you can do beta testing of updates.

Re:Audiotron (1)

cheesebot (265313) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217260)

yes, and what's really great is what they've been doing with their firmware upgrades such as streaming radio and browser control which, since they are in "beta", are all so far undocumented features.

first run by hand (1)

neilsly (106751) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217105)

I would highly doubt that they'll do all of the production runs by hand. It would literally take years.

-neil

Difference?? (4, Informative)

tcc (140386) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217110)

Hmm the site is already slashdotted with only 20 comments here ahaha, stream slashdot hits! :)

from Google cache:

If you already have an Ethernet LAN and a machine to use as the server, setting up the SliMP3 will take you just a few minutes, and all you will need is this quick start guide - each step is boldfaced, followed by a brief explanation. If this is your first time setting up Ethernet and IP addresses, then you may wish to visit the additional documentation links, on the left.
Setting up the player

Connect the Ethernet port to your hub using a standard RJ45 patch cord

Connect the player your Ethernet hub or switch using a standard CAT3 or CAT5 patch cord. If you are connecting it directly to the Ethernet card in your server machine, use a crossover cable.

Connect the players RCA outputs to the inputs on your receiver

The player has a pair of standard, line level, RCA audio output jacks - connect these to the inputs on your amplifier, receiver, or powered speakers.

Configure the IR remote: press "S, DVD, 0, 0, 7, ENT"

A Sony RM-V301 universal remote is supplied with the SliMP3. In addition to controlling the SliMP3, this remote may be used to operate the volume controls on your receiver, or any other equipment you may have.

The SliMP3 uses the IR codes for a JVC brand DVD player - we chose to use the JVC codes because we wanted to use an off-the-shelf universal remote, and so we chose a brand of DVD player that was standard enough to be supported by the remote, but not so common that it would be likely to conflict with your existing stereo equipment.

See the instruction manual that comes with the remote for more information on its additional features.

Connect the power supply

The SliMP3 comes with a 5V, 1000ma regulated power supply. Please be careful to use ONLY this power supply - connecting a different power supply may damage the player, and such damage is not covered by warranty.

The player is intended you be left plugged in at all times. When not in use, it enters a "standby" mode, powering down the display and drawing only a few milliamps.

Enter the IP address information

When the player is first powered up, it asks you if you want to configure it. Pressing "OK" will take you through a series of four screens - server's IP address, player's IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address. To enter the IP addresses, use the UP/DOWN buttons to edit each digit, and LEFT/RIGHT to go to the next digit, then press OK to complete each entry. Zero out the beginning of each number to make it three digits - eg "10.5.35.164" would be entered as "010.005.035.164"

Testing your LAN setup

ping the player from your server

On your server, type:

ping your.players.ip.address

If your IP addresses are set up correctly, the player will respond to the pings, and display a message indicating where it received the ping from.

Installing the server

Download and extract the tarball

Download the latest version of the server here. To extract the tarball, type:

tar xvfz slimp3_server.tgz
cd slimp3_server

Run the server

You need to tell the server where your mp3files are stored. You can specify this on the command line as:

./server.pl /path-to-your-mp3-files &

Or, you can leave the path blank, and the server will look for your mp3 files in a directory called "mp3files", in the same directory as the server:

./server.pl &

The '&' tells it to run in the background, so that the server continues running after you log out.

That's it!

Just use the cursor keys to browse around, and enjoy your music collection

Re:Difference?? (1)

Night0wl (251522) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217275)

Uh. No it's not. I'm loading it now, with images...
I'm to lazy to mirror it though. ;p hehe

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Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217113)

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Re:Slashdot's days are few (-1)

undertroll (177378) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217135)

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No shoutcast support tho... (1)

MasterOfDisaster (248401) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217114)

It seems this only alows you to stream from your computer with their software, and not from Shoutcast-style [liquidstreamer.com] streaming servers. if it could do that...I'd buy/make one. you dont know how much i hate it when my streams stop because my computer froze/kernel paniced/bsod'ed/caught fire.
too bad the site seems to have been /.'ed now...

Re:No shoutcast support tho... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217148)

Easy to fix. Just install FreeBSD.

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egg troll (515396) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217121)

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Re:Slashdot Is Just Filthy!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217130)

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Re:Slashdot Is Just Filthy!! (-1, Offtopic)

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u r lame (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217124)

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More information about this error may be available in the server error log, if the clueless fucktards that run this site haven't destroyed them already..

Ethernet stereos? (3, Insightful)

nougatmachine (445974) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217129)

If you already have ethernet cable strung through your house, wouldn't it just make more sense to connect your computer to the network, and then just listen to the mp3 files by connecting a stereo to that computer? Works fine for me, and it only costs $0.

Re:Ethernet stereos? (4, Interesting)

ksheff (2406) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217157)

Given the environment inside your computer, you may get some interference included in your audio signal. Stereo-Link [stereo-link.com] manufactures a USB device that will allow the computer generated audio to be piped into a stereo w/o any of the included noise picked up from a sound card. It is available from this [studio-stuff.com] site too for $159. I would like to see how the ethernet device stacks up against this product.

Re:Ethernet stereos? (1)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217259)

I live with my parents. I have run a 10/100mbit Cat5e network switched by a Linksys 8 port Cable router that routes my cable modem connection. All this is in the laundry room with the file/web/ftp/mail server. I ran two network connections to the Den, where my Yamaha receiver is. I don't spend all my time on my computer and this little device would allow me to play my music in the Den without having to run audio cable from my computer room up stairs down to the receiver. I could also control the music in the Den without having to build a playlist upstairs before I went down.

Man, the more I think about it, the better this thing sounds (:

~LoudMusic

Ok, now just add toslink output... (1)

kjr71 (127862) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217131)

Someone please add an optical digital output to this thing... I don't want any analog signals entering my amplifier. No ground loops or any of that shit with fiber either.

obligatory goatse.cx link (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217136)

the link you specify is right on over here. [goatse.cx]

But where is the Ogg Ethernet player? (3, Insightful)

burtonator (70115) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217143)

Sorry... but with the patent restrictions on MP3 I will skip it. Not unless they support Ogg.

Kevin

Re:But where is the Ogg Ethernet player? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217174)

Hear hear!!! Mod this bad boy up!

Re:But where is the Ogg Ethernet player? (5, Informative)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217244)

It would have supported OGG, had there been a low-cost chip for Ogg decoding (like the STA013 and MAS3507D for MP3).

Re:But where is the Ogg Ethernet player? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217264)

Question: Why would this dude support a "technology" that all of a hundred people on the planet use or will ever use? Not that I expect a Linux fan to understand business, but that doesn't make much sense, son.

Re:But where is the Ogg Ethernet player? (3, Informative)

Spoing (152917) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217268)

Exactly. When v.1.0 ogg vorbis hits, I'm going to run my whole CD collection through it. Some stereo component that can handle Ogg and it's updates would be sweet.

Slashdotted! (5, Interesting)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217161)

So I'm sitting here looking at my MRTG graphs [seanadams.com] and saying WTF - my server's trying to push out 2.5MBps onto my T1. Oops.

Thanks everyone for you interest in the SliMP3. Yes, we *are* building these by hand, at least the first 100, and we plan to ship in about two weeks. No we're not planning to build our next batch this way.

I'll do my best to answer everyone's questions. Again, thanks for the traffic, and sorry my server can't keep up!

Sean Adams
Slim Devices, Inc.

Re:Slashdotted! (2)

clark625 (308380) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217170)

Hey--since I can't seem to get to your site, just how much do these bad boys run for consumers? The Rio Receiver runs about $300, although it would clash with my black components, and that's just uncool in my rack. ;)


Re:Slashdotted! (3, Informative)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217203)

Our first 100 hand-made units are going to sell for $275.

SMD kit? (2)

Randy Rathbun (18851) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217271)

Any plans on doing this as a kit? (yes, I know - it is surface mount blah blah blah, but some of us like soldering this stuff!)

Turtle Beach Audiotron (1)

gosquad (122364) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217163)

Turtle beach makes (or just distributes?) a similar device. More details are available at TG [thinkgeek.com] . This one officially supports windows only, but linux support is available (through samba, if I remember correctly). Uses ethernet or regular phone lines..

One of these with an 802.11 wireless ethernet card would be perfect...

Re:Turtle Beach Audiotron (1)

cheesebot (265313) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217273)

they don't support linux but i've spoken with their developers and testers and i found out they're actually running 70 audiotrons off of a celeron 400 running linux with two ethernet cards. they don't want to "support" linux because of all the possible varieties of .conf files to deal with. i guess they figure anyone running linux should be able to figure it out themselves.

it works with samba BTW.

BSOD (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217165)

Imagine enjoying your MP3 collection on those big speakers in your living room, away from the distractions of fans, hard drives, and the occasional blue screen of death!

um, if i get the BSOD, how the h am i supposed to be listening to MP3s, i hate poorly thought out marketing propaganda :P

More similar devices... (2, Informative)

jgrumbles (515918) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217166)

The idea isn't very new or radical as it use to be. If you go here [evozine.com] , then you can see some stuff that is already capable of doing what was mentioned in the article.

Re:More similar devices... (1)

jgrumbles (515918) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217214)

Not to mention the fact that I like my Klipsch ProMedia System for my computer a whole lot, I am not sure why I would want this.

Just heard this song, got me in the mood to FUCK (-1, Offtopic)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217168)

You gave me love
You did me wrong
Didn't know what to do
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I'll get over you
A new boy I'm gonna choose
My love was true
You threw it all away
Other guys will have me
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How does it feel
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You know that I needed you
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Other guys will have me
They'll appreciate my love
How does it feel
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I'm looking for a new love baby
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Review of unit on mp3newswire (1)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217178)

www.mp3newswire.net has a short review of the unit at http://www.mp3newswire.net/stories/2001/slimp3.htm l
Basicly it's just a summary of the info on the official pages, but it's good since the official page is ./'d (but still accessable, just VERY slowly).

Buy a $2 cable from Radio Shack (2, Informative)

NineNine (235196) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217196)

That's what I do. I've been listening to MP3's through my stereo for years. No need to buy anything fancy.

Buy the same cable for $1.25 at Walmart (1)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217248)

I've been listening to MP3s, games, etc. Through my stereo for years as well. But hey, gadgets are spiffy.

-Legion

Cool! (1)

geoffeg (15786) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217197)

While this is cool, I'd love it if it did wavelan. Heck, I'd love a wavelan mp3 player. Something I can carry around the house or office and stream mp3's off an NFS directory, web site or samba share. I know, I could go get an iPaq but it's just a little too much.

Any ideas?
Geoffeg

bah, do it wireless (1)

Kevinv (21462) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217217)

Picked up a set of these [thinkgeek.com] from thinkgeek. They stream analog from a 1/8" stereo jack to RCA jacks. Works fine. At $69 it's hard to beat.

Since I have wireless ethernet too, I can control the output on the server from my laptop anywhere in the house (or outside).

so what? (3, Informative)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217230)

Dell and Gateway have both sold ethernet-enabled MP3 players for about a year now. They're component-based, designed to plug right into your stereo.

Search around on their sites for them.

- A.P.

Ummm, headphone jack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217232)

Wait, is my laptop the only machine in the world with a headphone jack? I bought a $5 cable from radio shack (has two plugs, one for audio, the other for s-video) to connect to my stereo/tv.

And since this MP3 player still needs your computer to be on to serve the MP3's, what is the advantage? Why would I want this?

Shut Yo Mouth, Lameness Filter! (-1, Offtopic)

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Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217269)

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