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

Mark Staudinger mark at mark.staudinger.net
Thu Dec 15 17:23:04 EST 2005

> Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 15:00:39 -0500
> From: Steve Adeff <adeffs at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Re: Need help / suggestion for building a
> 	myth box
> To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Message-ID: <200512151500.39815.adeffs at gmail.com>
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> 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...
> -- 
> Steve

Technically speaking, yes.  The default visualization (akin to the default
winamp bar spectrum) is shown in a small window as part of the control panel.
 I have two windows over the blue Myth background.  The player window, with
controls, visualization, track info, and the playlist window (which slightly
overlaps the play window).

Not to say that you couldn't get something going.  I just never bothered, as
most times I turn the TV off once the playlist begins.  I can do everything
short of picking a new playlist without seeing the screen.  I could try
mapping a button to full-screen the visualization just to see if it works.


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