[lug] audio questions

Jason Vallery jason at vallery.net
Thu May 8 16:22:31 MDT 2008

If I recall the way ampache works is that it you use login to the web
application and request a playlist (.pls file).  The playlist is
generated on the fly and contains links which have an authentication
token in them.  When these are requested by your media player it
authenticates them by the URL requested.  The links expire after some
configurable expiration time.  The downside to this approach is that
you can't save the playlist locally.  You always have to request a new
one when you want to listen.

Of course it has been a few years since I've used this solution so
things could have changed significantly.


On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM,  <dio2002 at indra.com> wrote:
> thanks for the suggestions.  was it easy to implement this or is there a
> whole lot of tweaking that needs to be done?
>  more specifically i wanted feedback on how these tools lock down the
> collection over the nw.  on a home network it's not an issue.  over the
> internet, i imagine most people don't want others bogging down their servers
> or eavesdropping on their collections.  it might also be technically illegal
> to be broadcasting your collection not locked down to others since they
> haven't paid for the files.
>  from quick inspection of the link you provided, it looks like many of these
> solutions are true streaming implementations.  that's actually pretty cool.
> i assumed a lesser technology like progressive download versus true
> streaming.
>  Jason Vallery wrote:
> > There are a bunch of projects that accomplish this.  There is a list at:
> >
> > http://www.mp3-howto.com/mp3-howto-12.html
> >
> > I personally have used Ampache (http://ampache.org/) which worked
> > well.  A while back though I switched to mt-daapd so that it would
> > integrate with iTunes (http://mt-daapd.org/).  I'm a Mac guy on the
> > desktop.
> >
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