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    I currently have all my music shared and accessed throughout the house via a samba file share.

    I was wondering if there is a way to maintain a central library that is organized that I can pull up on any other computer in the house and play my flac's using (foobar?) whatever media player that will continue to give me my bit perfect output.

    I currently use foobar to achieve bitperfect from my other computers. I dont want to have seperate libraries on each of my computers.
    additionaly is there a way I can access these flacs from outside of my home network on my android phone with maybe some sort of transcoding to a lower format to be able to support the limited upload bandwidth that these cheap cable internet allows.

    Thanks for any ideas.

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    XBMC 12.3 will play the flac's and a central MySQL server will allow the central library. http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title...es_using_MySQL

    There is xbmc for mobile devices as well. http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Hardware
    Access from outside your home is getting advanced since you'll be on some remote network trying to get back into your home network probably through a firewall. External NAT would be needed and ports opened up. I'm unsure how well access from the outside would work once you have it all setup.

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    Logitech killed off the Squeezebox, but you can still download their server software for free, and then run softsqueeze on the other computers. This does exactly what you want. You can also get the iPeng app on an iOS device and pay a bit extra for it to act as a player, and then your iPhone/iPad/iTouch can share the library as well. If you go that route, you can open up a port on your router and connect from an iOS device remotely - I use this route to stream my library to my car.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    J1mmy, I second your motion with XBMC and it's what I'm doing as well.

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    Thejck, I'm confused, if you already have shares then you should have a centralized repository right? I just have a central server with my entire collection and then my remote streamers/computers running XBMC/Foobar/whatever all map drives to this central repository. Am I missing something?

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    It's not just a matter of having a central repository, you also want to have a central store of your metadata database. That's what's nice about the Squeezebox solution, it maintains a database on your server, then any client can connect and browse by genre/artist, etc. When you add new music, it is instantly available to any client.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    The XBMC mysql centralized metadata DB handles that if you go with that universe. It's pretty ridiculous that the squeezebox got killed off, did it not sell? People truly seemed to love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccarty250 View Post
    It's pretty ridiculous that the squeezebox got killed off, did it not sell? People truly seemed to love them.
    It sold to a niche, but I don't think Logitech was looking for a niche product when they bought slimdevices. It really is a shame, because it's such a great product. I hate when a big company buys a little company and then tanks the product. Logitech decided that what was stopping it from being appealing to the masses was the need for it to have a dedicated server, so they rebuilt the Squeezebox Radio firmware to make it strictly an internet streaming platform, and now sell that rebadged as an UltimateEars product, which is a brand they picked up when they bought out a small earbuds company. They killed off all the other Squeezebox products. You can take an existing Squeezebox Radio, and install the new firmware if you want. I still have two of them with Squeezebox firmware, plus my BolderCable modded Touch, and several iDevices running iPeng. A side effect of Logitech killing off the Squeezebox is that BolderCable went out of business, since most of their volume was power supply and audiophile upgrades to Squeezeboxes. Damn shame....
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

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    I got to play with a squeezebox setup at AKFest a few years ago and indeed it was impressive. Probably didn't appeal to the mass market as you say. Too bad they didn't just spin slimdevices off and let them continue to do what they did.

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    I'm also thinking about building a music server from scratch. The computer hardware won't be as much of a challenge as the operating system and the applications. Any recommendations, Windows 7 or 8? 32 or 64 bit? Linux? I've heard a lot of good things about JRiver, just wondering if there were any other options.
    Thanks

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    Oh, yes, also factoring in some way to control it without a keyboard mouse and monitor. I have a lot of Android devices, no Apple. Again, JRiver has Gizmo, anything else good?
    Thanks again!

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    Sonos...awesome music system.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearsall001 View Post
    Sonos...awesome music system.
    Uh....someone still owes us a review there chief.....don't make me put posters up in your neighborhood...LOL.

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