[mythtv-users] Re: Need help / suggestion for building a myth box

Mark Staudinger mark at mark.staudinger.net
Thu Dec 15 14:40:35 EST 2005

> I use XBMC for music. MythMusic is too clunky, finicky, and I haven't been 
> able to get it to play any AAC tracks... But I'm trying it again to see if I 
> can learn its methods better.
> Anyone know a good way to play streaming audio stations?
> -- 
> Steve

I use XMMS via MythVideo for playback of (streaming) audio.  I chose this
because it was very customizable (one can select position & size of the
playback and status windows), and it has the ability to interpret and map LIRC
events via a plugin, in combination with irxevent.  I believe I did have to do
a little fiddling with a mouse connected to get everything the way I wanted at
first, but that was a brief period.

MythVideo is configured to use XMMS for files with the .m3u extension ( "xmms
-p %s" is the command, I believe).  I have buttons configured for play/pause,
volume up/down, skip forward/back tracks, and to toggle repeat and random.

All I have to do is create a m3u playlist containing the URL to the streaming
feed, and place it in the appropriate "videos" directory, and then select this
file from the MythVideo menu to play the stream.

Furthermore, I have an in-house icecast server, which also allows direct
streaming access to any file in its directory.  Using a script-generated
playlist for each artist exported to my "Videos" directory allows one to
select an artist's playlist directly.  Navigation is kind of clunky using the
directory listing of MythVideo, but not jaw-grindingly so.  

It's not an all-in-one solution.  Certainly one could do away with the
external server (if the music files were stored on the myth box, or NFS shared
thereto).  But even then one would have to manage playlists via SSH or some
other manual method (script, 3rd party program).   


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