Monday, 17 November 2014

Just a quick build for a client to play nice music

Now that I have minimserver working well and have found sensible playback software, here's a quick note on a basic build for a client to act as a upnp renderer with optional control and chrome installed for netflix access.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Maybe the time has finally come to do the media server thing

I've been keen on the idea of a media (primarily music) server for a long time, but the completely turd like control facilities have always been a show stopper. Mainly 'cos as I have a fair sized collection of classical music, the lack of ability to handle the distinction between composer, performer, orchestra, soloist etc. - at least without spending a fortune on Linn or other proprietary kit.

At one time I seriously considered a fully diy solution, but that was too big a commitment.

My most recent foray was with plex, but this still didn't solve the indexing problem.

Then yesterday I bumped into minimserver. This looked like the sort of answer I was looking for. It looked like it properly handles the indexing and access.

What I want to do is:
  1. media on a headless server (probably a vm on my pet server)
  2. control agents preferably on android
  3. playback through windows or ubuntu pc's (or even android things)
Still early days, but things are looking promising so here is the log of my first steps.