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by ian
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Soundbridge vs Squeezebox
Replies: 7
Views: 5176

I picked ROKU for the simple reason it was going to work out of the box with iTunes. I think I would have a bunch of fun hacking the squeezebox - there are a lot of cool things you can do with it, but I wanted to just listen to music. I've got an M1000 and M500, so haven't dealt with the upsampling ...
by ian
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: iTunes 7.5
Replies: 21
Views: 11561

To add some info... I can rip and serve from iTunes 7.5 without problems... HOWEVER when i move the files over to my mt-daapd (firefly) server they don't work on the soundbridge. The soundbridge thinks the newly encoded files have a bitrate of 10-11,000 when serverd from mt-daapd (0.2.4.1). When ser...
by ian
Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: SoundBridge Set-Up
Topic: Linux server alternative to firefly?
Replies: 2
Views: 2340

If your music is sorted by directory, it would be pretty easy to write a shell script to retag everything. There are command line utils to read and write tags, so just loop over all the directories recursivly, writing the dir names into the artist and album tags. Should only take 30mins or so to wri...
by ian
Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Feature Request Forum
Topic: WLAN completely off during standby while display is off too
Replies: 23
Views: 24657

I'd said it before, my reason for implementing the complete turning off WLAN is the electromagnetic radiation which is not necessary during standby and ROKU could be one of the leads who care about that. If you're worried about EM radiation you should know that an average light bulb emits about 80W...
by ian
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: SoundBridge Set-Up
Topic: M1000 dead ?
Replies: 8
Views: 4567

A few people have had this recently - flashing lights next to the ethernet/wireless is a symptom of a dead(ish) PSU.

Replaceing the PSU has sorted out a few M1000's with these symptoms (mine included)

Ian
by ian
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:52 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Mourning my M1000
Replies: 14
Views: 8403

My M1000 uk PSU died a few weeks ago (same symptoms), so I'd been using the m500 psu. I just got a couple of the "international PSU"'s arrive this morning - $19 each form the ROKU store + $25 postage to the UK, bringing them in at around £18 each... They're designed along the lines of t...
by ian
Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Mourning my M1000
Replies: 14
Views: 8403

surfermc wrote:
Are the lights flashing or flickering. I found that my power supply had stopped working.


+1

Flashing lights next to the wifi card meant my PSU had flaked out.

Ian
by ian
Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:08 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: iTunes 7.2?
Replies: 11
Views: 6453

The "upgrade" stats tally with what I found on the two libraries I upgraded - I only upgraded 1 of 10 or so track, the wife only got 1 of 15 or so. Not exactly the 25% we were promised... I'm happy cause it was a track I REALLY like, and works great on SB. It's a step in the right directio...
by ian
Thu May 31, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: SoundBridge Set-Up
Topic: Had a power cut and now no SB .... Help !
Replies: 10
Views: 5116

I just checked, and the international PSU "kit" is $69.99 - OUCH!!! It's on "special" at $34.99, but thats not really special enough (when the US one is $9!!!!).

I'll have a search and see if I can source one in the UK and let you know...

Ian
by ian
Tue May 29, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: SoundBridge Set-Up
Topic: Had a power cut and now no SB .... Help !
Replies: 10
Views: 5116

I'd also like to track down a replacement UK PSU... I've got pretty much the same situation - my daughter is JUST old enough to be crawling into things, and is having a phase of grabbing wires (I know there shouldn't be any in reach, but her reach is ever increasing!) - she repeatedly pullled the po...
by ian
Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:39 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Roku vs Pinnacle
Replies: 27
Views: 14871

Basically, the Pinnacle unit is a re-badged Roku unit, but with no iTunes licence for the firmware. ...Hmmm, so that's, what £30? Because you pay £30 MORE for a unit which does LESS (Sony obviously looked at this model when marketing the PS3 in the "rest of the world"). Basically we...
by ian
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Protected AAC is OVER!!!!! (almost)
Replies: 9
Views: 5014

Protected AAC is OVER!!!!! (almost)

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/02itunes.html YAY!!!!! EMI have gone DRM free. For $0.30 you extra you get a DRM free version of the track (retrospective upgrades available), at higher quality!!!! Now we CAN (or will) play purchased iTunes music on the SB... Hopefully the other lablels will ...
by ian
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: How much better is Roku brand than Pinnacle?
Replies: 4
Views: 3343

Roku talks to iTunes, so if its in iTunes, then it's in Roku (apart from protected aac's which are a whole other mess). Pinnacle's spin that they have iTunes support is basically untrue - they just read teh files off the disk, and share it through seperate software. Otherwise they're identical (thou...
by ian
Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: Apple's new Anti-DRM stance
Replies: 6
Views: 3661

Apple's new Anti-DRM stance

It hasn't got the coverage it deserves but check out: http://www.apple.com/uk/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/ Basically Apple has officially stated they want to abandon their DRM! Of course it's all very well to say "we'd love to - can't", but its a neat move on Apple's part. It puts the ball in ...
by ian
Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: SoundBridge General Discussion
Topic: The dreaded microwave
Replies: 13
Views: 9845

I've seen this one too... I had an Airport Express in the kitchen, and it was just on the edge of signal range. Every time the micorwave was on it totally lost connection. I've not had any other problems - wireless devices in the rest of the house seem fine, so you may be able to get things working ...