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Music Player?
by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Wed 11th Jan 2012 18:07 UTC
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2006-06-17

Hi, I'm really not too familiar with the prospects of this project, but it looks incredibly interesting. Does anyone know if it would be possible to hook up a USB HD and turn it into music collection / organizer to hook up to a home theater system? I honestly can't stand my PS3 for the job, and I haven't used actual music CD's in any kind of system in a long time!

I'm mostly asking because of wondering whether the 256MB Ram would be able to handle one of the arm distros and a decent collection of music.

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RE: Music Player?
by kokara4a on Wed 11th Jan 2012 20:14 in reply to "Music Player?"
kokara4a Member since:
2005-09-16

It will handle your music without a problem. Even the 128MB version (Model A) will suffice. The question is how you intend to control it. You can hook it to a display with a keyboard and a mouse but then why would it better than your regular desktop? Maybe you can use some music player which is controlled via Web interface. Then you'll need it to be networked - either get the Model B with the Ethernet port or hook a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Or use some USB IR receiver for remote control. Then it will be a matter of software again. And without a display it will be a bit hard to select the song you want.

I intend to use one as an Internet radio. With a USB Wi-Fi adapter to connect to the network. And it will stream a fixed station all the time. So I just turn on/off the speakers. And I can log in remotely to change the station. Geeky!

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RE[2]: Music Player?
by broken_symlink on Wed 11th Jan 2012 20:16 in reply to "RE: Music Player?"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

if you have ethernet you could use mpd.

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RE[2]: Music Player?
by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Wed 11th Jan 2012 20:35 in reply to "RE: Music Player?"
TheIdiotThatIsMe Member since:
2006-06-17

It will handle your music without a problem. Even the 128MB version (Model A) will suffice. The question is how you intend to control it. You can hook it to a display with a keyboard and a mouse but then why would it better than your regular desktop? Maybe you can use some music player which is controlled via Web interface. Then you'll need it to be networked - either get the Model B with the Ethernet port or hook a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Or use some USB IR receiver for remote control. Then it will be a matter of software again. And without a display it will be a bit hard to select the song you want.

I intend to use one as an Internet radio. With a USB Wi-Fi adapter to connect to the network. And it will stream a fixed station all the time. So I just turn on/off the speakers. And I can log in remotely to change the station. Geeky!


Like your idea!

For me, I'm looking to use it with one of those small wireless keyboards that I can tuck away neatly in a drawer in the coffee table. Ethernet isn't important to me (I haven't used ethernet to connect any of my devices in a little over 2 years), but the RAM is. I don't own a regular desktop, just a laptop I use for school, and I'm looking for something dedicated and distraction free, and wanting to make a single entertainment center that doesn't require hooking or unhooking anything up when I want to change what I'd like to do :-) Mostly just something simple for listening to music, and MAYBE be able to purchase music from Amazon.

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RE[2]: Music Player?
by alphaseinor on Wed 11th Jan 2012 23:26 in reply to "RE: Music Player?"
alphaseinor Member since:
2012-01-11

You could use an LCD display with a couple of buttons, it'd be fairly easy to make a USB device in order to control a piece of software. I'm sure someone already has. Maybe even with some sort of remote (A la Apple's wonderful remote for the iMac).

Put in a decent amplifier, and a speaker, you could have a really nice appliance (clock? with aux in? FM (UKW)?)

Of course a nice small USB wifi for streaming, you could even have an on screen display for an HDTV.

Ahh... if only Haiku had an ARM...

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RE[2]: Music Player?
by big_gie on Sat 14th Jan 2012 17:20 in reply to "RE: Music Player?"
big_gie Member since:
2006-01-04

I'm doing this exactly since many years! I have an old Sony Vaio PCG C1XD (Pentium 2 400MHz, 64MB RAM) with an uptime of almost 3 years. In the morning it goes of out sleep and stream a specific radio station over wifi. I put it to sleep when done.

I tried using X on it, but gosh it's slow. I can barely browse using Opera. So I removed that all. Virtual consoles are just fine for controlling this. alsamixer in one, and vlc in the other. I agree the "hard" part is the software: how to control it efficiently... But I'm quite impress of what that little machine can still do!

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