iTunes server SUCCESS!! Here are my notes

Bob Bomar bob at
Tue Jan 4 17:45:33 PST 2005

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On Jan 4, 2005, at 7:41 PM, Timothy Luoma wrote:

> On Jan 4, 2005, at 2:10 PM, Alvaro J. Gurdián wrote:
>> This sounds very interesting.  But I am not sure I understand very 
>> well what exactly is the task you were trying to accomplish. Are you 
>> controlling iTunes (and all it's music library) on your Mac from a 
>> FreeBSD box somewhere on the net, and playing it on the FreeBSD box?
>> Because that sounds like something I might be interested in doing
> It's mostly about impressing women, but there are more practical 
> purposes as well :-)
> iTunes is on my Mac, playing music which is stored on my FreeBSD 
> machine.  They are both on the same private subnet.
> The practical aspect of this is that I can remove my MP3 collection 
> from my Powerbook and just keep it on the FreeBSD server.
> If the FreeBSD machine were not behind a firewall, yes I could play my 
> iTunes collection anywhere on the internet (and I suppose with some 
> tweaking of my firewall, I still could) but that would be dealing with 
> much smaller bandwidth.
> If there were others on my subnet, yes, they too would be able to play 
> music from the same collection.

I just setup a Samba server, and setup a directory that holds my music, 
then use
Hymn (playfair) to convert m4p to mp4, then lame and some other tools
to convert to mp3, and share the music across the network.  I tried 
using Netatalk, but
ran into some problems with file name lengths, and samba works just 

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