Streaming music with SlimServer

Converting your CD collection into MP3 or another digital file format gives you the ability to enjoy the music on your computer and stream it all over the house and the Internet. To do the latter, however, you have to install and configure a streaming server on your computer. That might sound like a daunting task, but there is a streaming server application that makes the whole process pretty painless. SlimServer from Slim Devices is a cross-platform streaming server that runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X and supports a wide range of formats, including AAC, AIFF, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, and WMA. Although it was developed to stream music files to Slim Devices’ Squeezebox2 hardware player, it works perfectly with any software MP3 player capable of working with network streams.

To try it out, download a copy of SlimServer for your platform. On Windows and Mac OS X run the installer by double-clicking on the SlimServer Installer. On Linux, make sure you have Perl version 5.6.1 or higher installed, then use the RPM package management software to install the downloaded RPM package, or you can opt to compile the server from the source, which is also available on the Web site.

To launch the server on Windows, choose Start > SlimServer > SlimServer. On Mac OS X, you can launch the server via the SlimServer control panel. On Linux, you can launch the server with the command /etc/rc.d/init.d/slimserver start

Using SlimServer

Once started, the SlimServer runs on port 9000. To access its Web interface, launch your browser and point it to http://localhost:9000. If you’re using the Windows version of SlimServer, you’ll find it comes with its own browser that allows you to configure and control the application. The built-in browser is similar to a standalone Web browser such as Firefox, and you can use it to access SlimServer locally.

SlimServer’s interface is divided into two parts: The left pane contains all the commands and menus, while the right pane controls the Music Player and playlists

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