Now today kids we’re going to setup a “DAAP” server (read iTunes music server) and use some pretty portable player software. This will allow you to share your music with all other users using iTunes or the clients listed below over a LAN.
Get all the details on how I set this up below!
Part 1 Setup your Media server.
Ok for this step we’re going to use a Linux server to store our music library
- Linux box running SAMBA
- Some time and patience
Place all your music in folder and share it through samba
Get DAAP this can be done a few ways you can get a package from the deleet.de daap page or if you’re lucky enough to be using Gentoo Linux as I was type emerge daapd
at a shell prompt.
Once thats all done you’re going to have to modify the daapd.conf file to suit your system. It should look something like below
$ cat /etc/daapd.conf
ServerName Jukebox <---type a name for your media server here
DBName daapd music <--type a database name for your server
Password <-- if you want to password your music enter one here
Root /mnt/storage/mp3 <---- this should point to your folder of music
Cache /var/spool/daapd/cache <--don't touch this
Timescan 2 <---or this
Rescan 0 <---or this
Once that’s all done we’re almost ready to start our server.
Now to start the broadcaster so that your client learns how to get to your music type mDNSResponder
then to start daapd type daapd & the “&” tells daapd to run in the background.
Conclusion Part 1.
That’s it the servers up and running now! If you use Apple OS X or Windows and iTunes you can fire up iTunes and you sould see your Shared music (Assuming you got everything setup ok.
Part 2 Playing your media on any JAVA capable system.
This is the easy part there’s 2 GPL projects that will do this.
Although it hasn’t been updated in quite a while I prefer One2OhMyGod, but either will do.
To start either of these in linux you just type java -jar One2OhMyGod.jar or java -jar applerecords.jar
If you have any questions about the daap server here’s some resources