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Stream mp3s from windows server??

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What software will allow me to:
 1. Stream a playlist of Mp3s to users (I am using a Windows Server)
 2. Progmatically add to the above playlist.


Any suggestions??



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Use an M3U file for your playlist.. Here is some text from! (http://hanna.pyxidis.org/tech/m3u.html)

Enjoy!


The M3U (.m3u) Playlist File Format (December 2001, <xunker@pyxidis.org>)

M3U is a media queue format, also generally known to humans as a playlist. It is the default playlist save format of WinAMP and most other media programs. It allows multiple files to be queued in a program in a specific format.

The actual format is really simple, though; not complicated at all. A sample M3U list could be:

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:111,3rd Bass - Al z A-B-Cee z
mp3/3rd Bass/3rd bass - Al z A-B-Cee z.mp3
#EXTINF:462,Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy´s song (VNV Nation rmx)
mp3/Apoptygma Berzerk/Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song (Victoria Mix by VNV Nation).mp3
#EXTINF:394,Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song
mp3/Apoptygma Berzerk/Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song.mp3
#EXTINF:307,Apoptygma Bezerk - Starsign
mp3/Apoptygma Berzerk/Apoptygma Berzerk - Starsign.mp3
#EXTINF:282,Various_Artists - Butthole Surfers: They Came In
mp3/Butthole_Surfers-They_Came_In.mp3


The First line, "#EXTM3U" is the format descriptor, in this case M3U (or Extended M3U as it can be called). It does not change, it's always this.

The second and third operate in a pair. The second begins "#EXTINF:" which serves as the record marker. The "#EXTINF" is unchanging. After the colon is a number: this number is the length of the track in whole seconds (not minutes:seconds or anything else. Then comes a comma and the name of the tune (not the FILE NAME). A good list generator will suck this data from the ID3 tag if there is one, and if not it will take the file name with the extension chopped off.

The second line of this pair (the third line) is the actual file name of the media in question. In my example they aren't fully qualified because I run this list by typing "noatun foo.m3u" in my home directory and my music is in ~/mp3, so it just follows the paths as relative from the path of invocation.
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Windows Server 2003 has a Media Streaming service.

Make sure you have install that windows component from "add/remove program - add windows component" control panel, or use server management tool to add media streaming service.


Once in there, you can use Windows Media Streaming tool to setup your streaming service, which is pretty straight forward and easy by using the Wizard, in the end of the wizard, it will ask your where you want to publish this streaming service, either URL or embedding it (i think)...


Try that, I hope this is helpful

Kel.
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I use Slimserver which can downsample and stream your MP3's into any bitrate.  It's free and can stream to multiple machines, but it doesn't have support for user accounts other than the slimserver admin.  You basically pick a directory and then through the web admin it scans the folder and creates a database of all your albums, tracks, etc.  You can select albums by cover art, search by artist, song, album and a multitude of other things.

http://www.slimdevices.com/su_downloads.html

~S
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