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.

Macbook Pro Saga…

Well it seems that the western digital hard disk saga for the macbook will not arrive for several weeks. So instead i recieved a seagate 320gb 7200rpm 2.5″ laptop hard disk. Now it is time to time machine the hard disk, and restore the conents from the tme machine disk to the new large insternal storage unit.

I have allocated a old 200gb hard disk, split into two 100gb partitions. The first partition is the time machine partition for backing up the internal macbook pro hard disk. The second partition I have allocated as a file repositorie for mac software.

So far I have no issues with the Macbook Pro. I just need to get myself more proficient with Mac OS X.

Macbook Pro Day Five…

Well Day five of the Macbook Pro saga. No larger internal storage has turned up yet. I decided to install applications upon the Macbook Pro, and start using the machine. The first thing I have done is setup another external hard disk as a time machine backup disk. I find that the usb hard disk unit is slow, and have decided to purchase a firewire hard disk unit.

Lets see how monday goes.

Macbook Pro Day Four…

Well day four, of the macbook pro saga. With no larger internal storage available, I decided to install Mac OSX Leopard, and will time machine the disk. When I do the re-install on the new hard disk, I will hopefully do a time machine install, when the new installation happens on the disk.

Hoping tomorrow, the internal storage will arrive tomorrow.

Macbook Pro Day One…

Recieved my macbook pro today (17th November 2008..), but unfortunately, I did not recieved the operating system dvd’s. Which makes my macbook pro a very glorified paperweight till I get a operating system. If the previous owner does not send me the operating system, guess its down to JB hifi to buy a copy of leopard. Hopefully tomorrow something better will happen.