Itunes server in 600 seconds…

For the last few weeks I have been getting fustrated trying to access my music from my powermac and macbook pro to my ubuntu linux laptop. After some research via google, I found that linux had several itunes compatiable software that will run under linux. I decided on firefly media server Firefly media server is available for all flavours of unix, and had the most development and user base installed. Under Debian firefly had a package that I could just install, then just run the web interface. Here is the sequence of how I setup the itunes music server.

Ubuntu:
1. Install the itunes music server software

# apt-get install mt-daapd

2. Lets configure the mt-daapd configuration file.

# cd /etc

# vi mt-daapd.conf

The parts I edited are the location of where the music files are located.

mp3_dir = /storage/music

I also changed the password of the login.

admin_pw = mt-daapd

3. Now we need to restart the firefly server so the changes we made to the configuration file take effect.

# /etc/init.d/mt-daapd restart

4. Your can log into the web interface of the firefly music server. The location url will be http://machine:3689, enter your username and password. You can change any settings instead of editing your mt-daapd.conf on your server. 5. Within your supported application the itunes server with your music stored should now show up. If you have any issues make you can ping port 3689 of the server firefly is installed upon. Also check your firewall software. Now go ahead and enjoy streaming music across your network.

Downloading Youtube Videos…

With my Dopod 838 Pro now able to watch mpeg four video’s. I am able to take advantage of downloading and watching Youtube videos. I thought originally of downloading/purchasing software, but after a quick Google search I found Convertube. Its free, and I don’t download that many Youtube video’s. But for the odd occasional Youtube video, it does its job. I could register for $4.99US a month if I am using the website on the regular basis.

I have recently found dedicated software that can reside upon mac os x and windows xp. These software also convert the .flv youtube format to any format I require.

bran.com.au…

Bran.com.au is a technology podcast located in Sydney Australia. Its a technology weekly round up, from three Technology Journalists, here in Australia. The three presenters actually click or gel together. This an be heard in the podcast, on how the get along. The discussion talks about whats happening here in Australia, and around the world. This podcast has more a Australian slant. The presenters also know the scene, technology, and can actually distinguished the fud from press releases and hypes. Seems they like to bag Microsoft like anyone else. They have a comical section whats happening in p0rn. Nice fortnightly podcast. There website is located at http://www.bran.com.au

The podcast has not been broadcasting for a while due to the heavy load of the presenters day work.