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

Steve Adeff adeffs at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 15:00:39 EST 2005

On Thursday 15 December 2005 14:40, Mark Staudinger wrote:
> > 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).
> -=Mark

interesting method. Have you got xmms' visualizations working through this 
method? I'd like to be able to have visualizations at the same time. I still 
have to see to getting MythMusic's vsualizations to work without crashing. As 
well as see if any are worth using over XBMC yet...


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