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MP3beamer Released

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the connect-to-everything dept.

Music 191

An anonymous reader writes "MP3tunes, Michael Robertson's new music venture, has released a snazzy linux music appliance called MP3beamer. The $399 box auto-rips CDs and imports MP3s and then connects to iTunes, Java devices, media receivers, web devices even WinCE units with handy feature to "sync" songs from server to remote machine for offline playback not just streaming - see screenshots. Last time Robertson launched something with "Beam" in the name it led to avalanche of lawsuits and more then $150MM in legal payments with BeamIt from the old MP3.com." It'd be excellent to get a review of one of these machines; looks like a good one.

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Very interesting concept (1, Interesting)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803647)

...until you realize it costs four hundred dollars. I'll stick to iTunes, thanks.

Re:Very interesting concept (3, Insightful)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803685)

Having your music on one box might be appealing to some - heck, it is to me. Part os it is I dont want to keep a 550 watt machine going solely got music streaming - it does make a dent in your electric bill. It appears to be pretty portable too - if the functionality is as expected this will be a hot seller IMO.

Re:Very interesting concept (5, Informative)

tdemark (512406) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803878)

Not that I don't agree with you, but you do realize that the specs for a power supply list how much power it _can_ supply, not how much it _does_ supply at any given point?

For example, the server that I use for development, storage, MP3, SMTP, IMAP, HTTP, SMB, etc is an AMD 2600 with two (2) 200GB 7200 RPM drives and 1 GB RAM.

Even though it has a 400W power supply, I've measured [smarthome.com] that it uses 140W.

Regardless, your point still stands as the server costs about $15 / mo to run.

Re:Very interesting concept (3, Funny)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803908)

Thanks for this link. I did measure various components of my homebrew PC, but never thought of using a commercial outlet meter on it. I need to check that out. No matter what, I got a 3.0 GHz CPU and 9 fans - I know I'm leaking fuel out of it!

Re:Very interesting concept (1)

micolous (757089) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803953)

I built a similar box (concept-wise) from spare parts laying around. I ended up with a Pentium 133, with 16 MB RAM, 6GB HDD (I don't have a lot of music), ISA soundcard (there was no onboard soundcard) and PCI network card. It runs Debian Linux, and uses mpd [musicpd.org] to do the work. It boots up in about two minutes to ncmpc [musicpd.org] , a client to mpd. It plays music rather nicely, and can live in the living room.

On my real (much faster) server, I run phpmp2 [musicpd.org] , which provides a pretty web interface to the system. Running Apache in 16 MB just died.

While the cost of the whole thing was virtually nothing, there was time involved in setting it up. The box is a bit noisy, not terribly visually apealing, and the computer makes it impossible to watch a particular TV channel. However if you invest a bit more money or just have better spare parts laying around than I do, these shouldn't be a problem.

Re:Very interesting concept (3, Informative)

DaEMoN128 (694605) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804172)

If you are worried about the electric bill, build a mini-itx based system. They can be ran off of a 60 watt power supply (some require 90) and would make a great dedicated music server. They are not powerfull enough to worry about your electric bill.....and some can be nearly silent (no fans) except for hd and cd noise.

Re:Very interesting concept (5, Funny)

sabernet (751826) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803689)

But according to Napster, iTunes can cost you 10,000$!!

WOW! (5, Informative)

j0nkatz (315168) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803650)

EVEN BETTER! [mp3beamer.com] It appears they are selling just the software for $70 to let you use your own machine as the "beamer" hardware. OS included!!

Re:WOW! (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803693)

I could buy a whole computer for 200 bucks at Frys and the 70 dollar software and it would STILL be cheaper.

Re:WOW! (2, Informative)

redcircle (796312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804303)

What about the slick looking case? newegg.com [newegg.com] got it for only $138

youll hate me (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803651)

fried pose!

Lawsuits (-1, Redundant)

sameerdesai (654894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803653)

From the review: Last time Robertson launched something with "Beam" in the name it led to avalanche of lawsuits and more then $150MM in legal payments with BeamIt from the old MP3.com And maybe this time RIAA will be after him.

Do not be alarmed. (1)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803877)

Yeah, we wouldnt want anything to be easy for the music 'consumer'. If only there were a simple solution to music piracy problems. [popealien.com]

Worth a look (3, Interesting)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803654)

Reminds me of Tivo for the musically inclined. Consumers do seem to like black boxes, as long as they work right the first time. I'd look at this for myself - it would be nice to have a music only drive and dedicate one machine for that task. Four hundred is a decent price point as well.

Re:Worth a look (2, Informative)

gizmofan (862506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803703)

Also a software only version for $69.95. I already use a crappy old PC as a media server, I might upgrade it. I guess for you average consumer it depends how easy/difficult the setup for it is.

Re:Worth a look (1)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803971)

Also a software only version for $69.95

which is exactly what i'm looking for. my home music distribution plan is based around some sort of software amalgation like beam plus an fm transmitter card [broadcastwarehouse.com] . broadcast fm around the house and never have to lay speaker wire again!

Re:Worth a look (1)

zackrentwood (828124) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803719)

Speaking of which, it doesn't seem like it would be all that much more expensive to include a DVR card and freevo. http://freevo.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

o/t but related to your sig (1)

dknight (202308) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803772)

I'm from philly originally (sadly now live in VA) and I was very saddened to hear about the loss of Y100. I've been to 4 Feztivals and a Feastival and have 4 of the sonic sessions CDs. I always looked forwarded to hearing the station when I was in the area. Good luck getting them back!

Re:o/t but related to your sig (1)

JPM NICK (660664) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803816)

If you are in VA or the DC area, you should check out Ron and Fez at nights on WJFK. I think they are on from 7-11. They are a very funny talk show. No music, but most of the crap on the radio is the same stuff no mater what station. They really break up the torture of a drive in traffic.

Re:o/t but related to your sig (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803847)

Don & Mike! Can't get them where I am, though :(

Here are the torrent MPG links :) (2, Informative)

TorrentNinja (846388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803962)

Watch videos describing MP3beamer - click on the links below to view clips.

MP3tunes purchase and loading MP3s to MP3beamer - 10:18 mins
Mpeg Low-Res - 43.5MB [simplecache.com]
Mpeg High-Res - 60 MB [simplecache.com]

iTunes streaming, Home Stereo use - 10:39 mins
Mpeg Low-Res - 40MB [simplecache.com]
Mpeg High-Res - 55MB [simplecache.com]

iTunes syncing, iPod loading, PDA playback - 11:30 mins
Mpeg Low-Res- 39MB [simplecache.com]
Mpeg High-Res - 49MB [simplecache.com]

pirst fost (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803655)

phish food

Beamer? (5, Funny)

turtled (845180) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803657)

Only MP3 Beamer I can think of is the iPod for the BMW.

Interesting, none-the-less.

Re:Beamer? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804117)

its not a beamer! a bmw car is a bimmer, a beamer is a motorcycle... i'd also like to check one of these things out, i wonder if it would work well in the trunk of a car...

$150MM?!? (5, Funny)

aendeuryu (844048) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803662)

Picturing Dr. Evil, giggling and saying "Unless you give us 150 Million Million dollars!!! Mwahahaha etc. etc."

Re:$150MM?!? (2, Interesting)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803738)

MM is for "million" because M is for "mthousand." It comes from the Roman Emperor Maximus who was known for having thousands.

Re:$150MM?!? (1)

DJStealth (103231) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803976)

Actually, in roman numerals, MM is 2000. Notice the end of tv shows, now it would show MMV as the year for 2005.

To my knowledge, there was no standard convention for #'s 5000 and over.

Re:$150MM?!? (2, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804121)

Notice the end of tv shows, now it would show MMV as the year for 2005.

And here I always thought that meant [Your] "Mileage May Vary", as in the show's creators thought it's good but everybody else on the planet likely thinks it stinks.

Re:$150MM?!? (1)

DarkMantle (784415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803833)

I thought that it was 150 millimeters [national-d...d-gold.com]

Re:$150MM?!? (1)

climbing_monkey (809613) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803992)

Actually MM is not for millimeters because the "s"s have to be lower case letters. http://physics.nist.gov/Document/sp811.pdf

Re:$150MM?!? (1)

DarkMantle (784415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804314)

I'm aware of this.

I wonder, have you ever heard of laughter [answers.com] it is a typical response when someone tells a joke. [answers.com]

Since the "$" symbol at the beginning is used to reference money, a distance, or size measurement would not be relevant in this case since it said "$150MM" with a dollar sign ($) at the beginning.

Remember, "Smile and the world smiles with you. Fart and you stand alone."

Perhaps you'd benefit from a course in comedy appreciation. [google.ca] [/rant]

Re:$150MM?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804168)

Right... and according to your logic, 128 MB would therefore be 128 milli-bytes?

Re:$150MM?!? (1)

lysander (31017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804306)

It's $150 of M&Ms, of course.

Almost perfect (1, Informative)

Jon Chatow (25684) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803668)

All I need is one of these that can convert on-the-fly from a native store of FLAC to MP3 or Vorbis depending on the using application. Oh, and, currenntly, an 800 GiB hard disc. *sigh* Yeah, I know, "not the target market" and all that jazz, and I'll probably get one regardless of the lack of FLAC/Vorbis, but...

Re:Almost perfect (1)

Snommis (861843) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803789)

On the money! I took the time to convert almost all my tunes to FLAC, and very few devices support it. Just goes to show that quality is not the highest priority...

Re:Almost perfect (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803861)

Why not just do a batch conversion once on all your flacs and then not worry about the on-the-fly? The extra disc space isn't going to be that bad...

Re:Almost perfect (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804080)

That's what I did... the disc space isn't huge... but it took like 2.5 days of constant running to finish the batch :)

Auto-rips CDs? (0, Troll)

yetdog (760930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803675)

Unless it comes with a mechanized cd stacker/arm, there's nothing automatic about me having to drop in a single CD at a time.

Re:Auto-rips CDs? (3, Funny)

syd2000 (318027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803893)

Just pay a kid 10 cents per CD to drop them in the mp3beamer for you. [linspire.com] Like Robertson himself did.

Re:Auto-rips CDs? (1)

syd2000 (318027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803925)

Correction: 20 cents per CD. Oops.

Re:Auto-rips CDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803920)

wow you are a whiner.

Slimserver (5, Informative)

Quixote (154172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803678)

This appears to be an Asus Pundit [asus.com] with Linspire. The music server component is a hacked-up Slimserver [slimdevices.com] , as clarified by Robertson himself [gmane.org] (see link for more answers from him).

Still, looks like a nice box.

--
Does MSN censor search results? [buffalo.edu]

CPU choice? (0, Redundant)

cyberfunk2 (656339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803681)

Why'd they pick an expensive P4 for the box ? I would think such a utillity type box would run just fine on a celeron, or sempron type chip..

Is all that power really nessicary ?

Re:CPU choice? (1)

LostCauz (121686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803736)

"CPU Support: Intel Celeron-D 320 2.4Ghz Processor"

Re:CPU choice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803749)

screw that a cyrix processor on a mini-itx mobo would do great.

what is it with this desire to overpower everything in computing these days?

A 500mhz cyrix processor on a miniitx board would do this just as well as a 4 processor Opteron motherboard with 5ghz processors.

fools think processing power get's them anything for most tasks.

Re:CPU choice? (2, Informative)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803786)

As the other poster indicated, it does run a P4-derived Celeron [as a sidenote, isn't it about time to retire the product name Celeron? It has caused confusion since the days of the Celeron 300a]. Personally I'd rather it ran a low-power processor, such as a Pentium M or Powerstep processor, or even the via processors (formerly Cyrix). A 2.4Ghz Celeron is a ridiculous power hog for something that plays MP3s. Hell I put together a fully capable full-video media player machine with a 2.4Ghz Celeron.

MOD PARENT DOWN. (4, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803843)

Do any of the moderators actually read the fucking article first?

The CPU is a 2.4Ghz Celeron. It's not an expensive P4.

Re:CPU choice? (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803848)

People are generally impatient. If the box takes 10 minutes to encode one MP3, nobody will want it.

Re:CPU choice? (2, Informative)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803923)

While it is actually a Celeron, note this benchmark of CPUs encoding MP3s [tomshardware.com] .

Re:CPU choice? (1)

redcircle (796312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804105)

Why'd they pick an expensive P4 for the box ? I would think such a utillity type box would run just fine on a celeron, or sempron type chip..

Did you look at the machine specs? And the reason they aren't using a sempron is because Asus don't make a Pundit that uses the sempron proc.
System specifications:
Software
Linspire Five-O & MP3Beamer Software

CPU Support
Intel Celeron-D 320 2.4Ghz Processor

hdd
80 Gig Hard Disk (7200 RPM)

Memory
256 MB Memory

Drives
CDRW / DVD Combo Drive

Direct links to 150+ MB of video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803682)

I hope they're not using MP3Beamer as their server.

And for $100 more... (5, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803688)

...you can get a Mac Mini to do just about all that and more. I have mine hooked up to my TV doing most of what this does, as well as playing games, showing slideshows, and ripping and playing DVDs.

Re:And for $100 more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803804)

Yeah but then you have to pay the apple tax... plus you have to use Mac OS (puke)

Re:And for $100 more... (1)

Lussarn (105276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804088)

Or you can just download the mp3beamer software for $70 and stick it on whatever PC based computer you may have.

Yes, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803690)

...does it run Linux? :-)

Overpriced, underpowered, and dumb. (1, Redundant)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803707)

You too can spend an exorbitant amount of money on software that is already freely available! This software package is only $70! It allows you to rip and share your MP3s all over your house just like everyone else does with Samba or built in Microsoft networking or your typical streaming MP3 server!

You can also buy a $400 2.4 Ghz Celeron with a ridiculously small amount of RAM (256) and HD space (80GB) which includes Linspire which wants you to pay to upgrade software available for other Linux distributions FREE!

Sorry guys, I'm sticking to my current setup that includes free software that's just as easy to use.

Re:Overpriced, underpowered, and dumb. (2, Informative)

zackrentwood (828124) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803770)

Sure the software is available, but it doesn't set itself up. If a non-/.'er wanted to set this up they'd either have to spend a large amount of time learning linux and such, or pay a geek quite a bit of cash to make it work.

Re:Overpriced, underpowered, and dumb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803819)

Really? Nullsoft's Shoutcast is relatively easy to setup and I don't really know of anyone needing to setup Linux to offer up Windows Networking.

But hey, that's me. I'm not a fucking retard like you.

Finally! (5, Funny)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803708)

A machine you can put on autopirate and it works! A new generation of AI!

Slimserver (4, Informative)

jhernand (180688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803725)

This product borrows heavily from the OSS Slimserver product, which is primarily developed for the Squeezebox and SliMP3 by http://www.slimdevices.com/ [slimdevices.com] Slim Devices.

Re:Slimserver (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804011)

So...?

Re:Slimserver (1)

jhernand (180688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804296)

It's information. Do with it what you will. I make no conclusions about it, but some people might want to know where it comes from.

This is actually pretty interesting... (2, Informative)

William_Lee (834197) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803730)

If you check out the site, they're offering the software only for around $70 which makes it a more viable solution for many of us unwilling to buy a box for $400.

The only box that has to be running Linux is the main beamer, so you could easily work this right into an existing home M$ network.

It even looks like you can beam your collection remotely to work.

Also, different users can play different tunes at the same time.

It seems pretty cool and useful at first glance.

Re:This is actually pretty interesting... (4, Insightful)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803806)

Or you can download slimserver for free. Granted the $70 fee gets you linspire, but I'm willing to bet someone wanting to do this has the ability to download linux iso images and do the install themselves and for free.

Re:This is actually pretty interesting... (1)

William_Lee (834197) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803912)

Thanks for the reply. I hesitate to admit this on /. but I'm not up on all the Linux solutions since I have fallen to the XP darkside (for gaming first and foremost).

Re:This is actually pretty interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804294)

But if you value your time, this is a nice solution. I'm not loaded with cash, but I don't have the time to go the free route with something like this.

Slashdot. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803737)

Ads for nerds, stuff that doesn't really matter(exept to the advertisers)

boiznatch (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803743)

even WinCE units? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803755)

even WinCE units

"Even" WinCE units? Since Pocket PC outnumber everything else you mention by at least a factor of 4 to 1, I think you betrayed your bias again /.

Re:even WinCE units? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803781)

you are so full of SHIT you stink.

Palm OS still outnumbers the wince devices (yes pretendPC is still wince.)

get a clue msft lover.

re (0, Offtopic)

computerme (655703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803758)

I'd rather spend $499 and get a Mac Mini...

Infinite more software
Infinite more customizability
Hundreds of add ons and accessories from ipod tool makers..
Upgradeability.
iTunes store purchases
Ability to wireless stream around house with the $99 Airport express...
Plays DVDs
Shows photos
hooks up to iPod

etc...

Re:re (1)

zackrentwood (828124) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803828)

Infinite more software


Now that's not a fair claim... if nothing else this product has a processor with a turing-complete machine language.

Re:re (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803949)

But when you're talking about an appliance, you really only want it to do one thing well. Otherwise just get a decent desktop.

That said, I have a couple of squeezeboxes connected to a slimserver, and it does what it does nicely. No muss, no fuss.

Re:re (1)

computerme (655703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804050)

in general i agree with you but itunes (which would be the central tool used here) is best of class and of breed when it comes to MP3..

exceptions would be ogg vorbis or other things like that 99% of people do not care about...

Re:re (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804264)

Sure, if you have days to tinker with it. For the rest of us we just buy a beamer and be done with it.

My free solution... (5, Funny)

borawjm (747876) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803764)

I use my roomates machine to stream and store all of my music. He doesn't notice and it cost me no money.

Did I mention that he's not very computer literate?

Re:My free solution... (1)

Snommis (861843) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803820)

Besides, the the Feds will bust HIM, while you watch and snork your Slurpee...

Re:My free solution... (1)

borawjm (747876) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803985)

Haha, yeah... I can see it now..

Feds: "Are you aware of any illegal file sharing going on around here?"
Me: "Nope" *clears playlist* "However, my roomate has been complaining about how slow his machine has been running lately. You might want to talk to him."

Re:My free solution... (1)

tommyth (848039) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803860)

That worked for me until the network admins shut off his 'net connection because he was sharing.

AAC Support (2, Insightful)

Synesthesiatic (679680) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803766)

It kinda sucks that it doesn't at least include unprotected AAC support. It seems like, outside of Apple, AAC is turning into a flop (although I know the Roku Soundbridge supports it).

Heck, with Hymn [hymn-project.org] they could even add support for iTMS files, outside of the US anyways. Not that it matters. If I wanted to change portable players I'd just find one that played unprotected AAC and run my music through Hymn myself. But there don't seem to be any options out there!

Re:AAC Support (1)

ch3 (701440) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804260)

Well, the mythmusic plugin for mythtv 0.17 supports AAC pretty well and daapd can stream aac too.

It also seems that SlimServer (I understand that MP3Beamer is based on it) supports AAC (as well as vorbis)

Not again (0, Flamebait)

LordRPI (583454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803771)

All publicity is good publicity. He must want to get sued again so he can start another company.

Where's the utility? (2, Interesting)

Radi-0-head (261712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803783)

So why can't I do this with my existing machine and maybe an additional hard disk for storage? Oh wait, I already do!

free schwag (4, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803784)

"It'd be excellent to get a review of one of these machines; looks like a good one."

In other words, Slashdot editors want a free one to play with.

hmm.. side note (2, Interesting)

shadowpuppy (629329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803787)

A while back I noticed that iTunes has the ability to automatically rip a CD when it's put in the drive. And when it's done the CD can be automatically ejected. I'm not certain but I suspect that combined with some Applescript and a CD jukebox could be a frightenly effective combination. How much you wanna bet that programmers at Apple have already done it for themselves?

Shhh! do you wanna get us all caught! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803913)

Frighteningly effective way to violate the law! If you outlaw sharing music only outlaws will have music to share!

Re:hmm.. side note (1)

MetaPhyzx (212830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804066)

*nod*

I personally share my music via iTunes throughout the house. While this doesnt work beyond the local subnet, theres a solution for that as well? Maybe a VPN tunnel built from my everyday or roaming location to the router/firewall at home, and booting up iTunes remotely?

This (mp3 beamer) sounds cool, but I'm not gonna spend 400 bux for something I'm sure I can do with a little time an ingenuity. Plus, there's several set top style boxes that do similar things...

Sync to iTunes - How? (4, Interesting)

Slackrat (128095) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803801)

In the product FAQ [mp3beamer.com] , they mention an MP3Beamer Sync component that automatically syncs your iTunes collection with your MP3Beamer collection. I'm curious how they pulled this off. Does the iTunes Sharing protocol (DAAP) support file upload? Or are they pushing the music in some other way?

Re:Sync to iTunes - How? (1)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804270)

Possibly by using SMB? The iTunes library is, after all, just a bunch of artist/album/genre folders in your Music folder.

Scripts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11803814)

A little OT, but does anyone know where I could find a decent script to let me rip a cd to mp3 & flac, with an automatic connection to freedb to get the track names etc? I'm running Mandrake 10, and I've looked for this before with no luck.
Thanks.

Re:Scripts (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804189)

Why not just use grip? That's what I do and I am doing the same thing that you are. I figure I have to be at the computer to swap the cd's and an extra click for rip & encode isn't too much work. I do have a script that the encoder calls that does the wav -> mp3 and the wav -> flac.

Not a troll... does it do ogg vorbis? (1)

datastalker (775227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803825)

Seriously, I'd prefer to have my music in a format unemcumbered by licensing fees to Thompson...

Uh-oh (1, Troll)

tommyth (848039) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803841)

I built a computer that does what the MP3Beamer does, does that mean I can sue?

This is OT, but does it seem like a high percentage of /. stories involving new technology also include a snippet about how X sued Y over frivilous object Z?

is $MM a Britishism? International unit? (4, Funny)

xtermin8 (719661) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803876)

$150 in M&Ms would not be so bad. If only my Ex-wife had only asked for that!

WMLS11B support? (1)

Phoenix823 (448446) | more than 9 years ago | (#11803915)

As many others here have stated, it looks like this machine is just running a modified version of the SlimServer software. I was shopping for wireless MP3 players last year and I got myself a Linksys WMLS11B. This MP3beamer says that certain media receivers can play the content stored on it, and it shows a picture of the WMLS11B.

My question is, how are they doing that? The server component I need to use currently is MusicMatch, which sucks. I need to run Windows on a seperate computer for it and it's very unreliable. I'd like to switch to a Linux based server but I'm not going to shell out $400 when I've got 100's of gigs of music already. How can I get SlimServer (or any other software) to broadcast to my media player?

Too late... (1)

di0s (582680) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804058)

Apple already beat them [apple.com] to the punch. Wait, wrong Beamer...

Umm. . . I don't get it? (1)

Zobeid (314469) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804157)

What exactly does this do that I can't do with my Mac already? I've already ripped my CDs and keep my whole music collection in my iTunes library. It already syncs with my iPod. I can stream music to my main stereo system, over the Airport network to my Roku Soundbridge. And. . . I don't have a PDA. So what's the point of buying a whole new $400 box to do all this stuff?

Am I missing something?

Does nobody value real estate anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11804250)

All of those screenshots seriously look as if they're running in 640x480. The taskbar, the icons... all way too big. In some of the screenshots with konqueror running, the taskbar and the browser toolbars take up damn near half the screen. It's this kind of impedence that forces me to adjust so many default settings I feel like I'm running windows again.

MP3beamer was already released last summer (1)

TheLittleJetson (669035) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804289)

Am I wrong? [apple.com]

Case? (1)

zoloto (586738) | more than 9 years ago | (#11804351)

This might be offtopic but its' in honest question regarding the device...

What is the case the system is in? I find it very attractive and small. Can anyone help me out with a link or a name?
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