Would I be able to create a website that streams music from free nas?

Posted on 2012-03-21
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

I am new to this and was wondering if its possible to create a website that will pull music from a freenas box which will allow a user to listen to the music?

I know this is possible using a web server but not quite sure about using freenas.

Thank You.
Question by:techin4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 37748982
FreeNAS is just a storage application. You would need mount the shared directory from FreeNAS onto a web-accessible location on the webserver, and then treat it like a normal file that would be streamed.

Can you give more specifics on your project?

Expert Comment

by:Ben McNelly
ID: 37749005
What is your setup so far? If you connect a web server box (for fun lets say a ubuntu setup) and configured some dort of AMP or even static website setup, as long as you have a path to the files it will "work".

As far as scale-ability of the setup or details, well we need more info!

Author Comment

ID: 37749093
Thanks for the quick replies.

So far, I have all my music stored on a freenas box.
Instead of my friends having to FTP to download the music I would like them to be able to just visit a website and click on the song they would like to download or hear.

My requirements are:

1) Create a website that will connect to my freenas box
2) Allow the user to download or hear the song directly from the website
3) Allow the user to upload and share a song.

Does anyone know if there is a better solution if freenas is not the right choice?

What is SQL Server and how does it work?

The purpose of this paper is to provide you background on SQL Server. It’s your self-study guide for learning fundamentals. It includes both the history of SQL and its technical basics. Concepts and definitions will form the solid foundation of your future DBA expertise.


Expert Comment

ID: 37749344

This is an open source version of the Pandora player.  This may work for you.

Expert Comment

ID: 37749365

Would be another option, but this one involves a little bit more coding.
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

DrDamnit earned 500 total points
ID: 37749614
This is a fairly simple project if you have PHP / MySQL coding experience.

Here's how it will work.

1. Mount the FreeNAS directories to the webserver.
2. Create a php script that will recusrively read the directories, and parse the MP3 Info information. Shove that information into a database.  (run this as a cron job once an hour or once a day, whichever is appropriate).
3. Make sure you attach the web accessible download path to the record in the database.
4. Display it on a webpage however you'd like.

I don't know of a "works out of the box" solution for this, but it would not be difficult to code and build.
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 37749634

Author Comment

ID: 37750154
Thanks...I do have some PHP/MYSQL experience and might try out your recommendation.

Featured Post

Courses: Start Training Online With Pros, Today

Brush up on the basics or master the advanced techniques required to earn essential industry certifications, with Courses. Enroll in a course and start learning today. Training topics range from Android App Dev to the Xen Virtualization Platform.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Tomcat on Windows.  URL with {curly braces} fails. 1 49
PHP and google maps 13 44
paypal ipn url 5 55
google analytics on wp-admin password protected area 2 20
Part of the Global Positioning System A geocode ( is the major subset of a GPS coordinate (, the other parts being the altitude and t…
If you've heard about htaccess and it sounds like it does what you want, but you're not sure how it works... well, you're in the right place. Read on. Some Basics #1. It's a file and its filename is .htaccess (yes, with a dot in the front). #…
Explain concepts important to validation of email addresses with regular expressions. Applies to most languages/tools that uses regular expressions. Consider email address RFCs: Look at HTML5 form input element (with type=email) regex pattern: T…
Viewers will learn how to properly install and use Secure Shell (SSH) to work on projects or homework remotely. Download Secure Shell: Follow basic installation instructions: Open Secure Shell and use "Quick Connect" to enter credentials includi…

785 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question