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diannabill
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What Will Firefly Do For Me?

Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:19 pm

I'm hoping I can get an easy (layman's) response to this question.

I have one laptop wireless computer running Windows XP, a SB Radio, an M1001 - all wireless with no trouble.

I primarily use my Soundbridges for internet radio but occasionally play my music presently on iTunes version 7.5. Everything's working great.

Is there any advantage to using Firefly? I'm sure many of you have very complicated systems and have some really cool uses for it, but really, would it do much for someone like me?

Thanks for helping out.
 
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Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:46 pm

Only advantage for you would be FF runs as a service, so iTunes wouldn't need to be running (using up your resources) to serve your tunage.
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Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:10 pm

wideasleep1 wrote:
Only advantage for you would be FF runs as a service, so iTunes wouldn't need to be running (using up your resources) to serve your tunage.


And even then, it's not much of an advantage unless you are running it on a machine that's always on -- like a NAS or something.

Not so much advantage from a PC.

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Re: What Will Firefly Do For Me?

Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:40 pm

diannabill wrote:
I'm hoping I can get an easy (layman's) response to this question.

I have one laptop wireless computer running Windows XP, a SB Radio, an M1001 - all wireless with no trouble.

I primarily use my Soundbridges for internet radio but occasionally play my music presently on iTunes version 7.5. Everything's working great.

Is there any advantage to using Firefly? I'm sure many of you have very complicated systems and have some really cool uses for it, but really, would it do much for someone like me?

Thanks for helping out.


I just stumbled upon this query and thought that I'd respond even though it's about six months old!

I used to use Window Media server with my soundbridge. Since switching to Firefly, I'm amazed by how much quicker browsing the library has become. Wish I'd done it ages ago!
 
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Re: What Will Firefly Do For Me?

Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:06 pm

diannabill wrote:
Is there any advantage to using Firefly? I'm sure many of you have very complicated systems and have some really cool uses for it, but really, would it do much for someone like me?


As your music collection grows, Firefly tends to serve it up faster than other server-type programs (like using Windows Media Player sharing or Itunes sharing).

But for me the most wonderful enhancement is the ability to create smart playlists. This allows you to create lists of songs according to flexible criteria. The list can change as your collection grows.

For example, I have a smart playlist called "Dinnertime" which includes genres like Jazz: Vocal, Brazilian, Jazz: Instrumental. And also I specify that I don't want anything in the list that Firefly has played in the past month. So I get fresh music all the time. All I have to do is tell Itunes or my Roku Soundbridge device to shuffle the list. It's great for a dinner party or quiet evening while reading a book or cooking.

A few notes:

    Don't do this "on the cheap." Put Firefly on a machine with adequate memory and CPU speed. I had it on an older desktop PC with a lot of other things going on and Firefly seemed to be pitiful and unreliable. Interestingly when I moved Firely to a late model laptop, Firefly responded faster to music requests and buffering problems went away.

    Spend the time to make sure your music collection is tagged accurately. Many public music databases have all kinds of silly data errors. To me it is imperative to come up with a list of genres that matter to you. Then make sure your collection uses those and not the arbitrary ones automatically assigned by public databases. (Use MP3Tag, a freeware program to help you do this.)

    Take the time to read the help text about the Smart Playlist criteria. This will help you create music sessions that will delight you endlessly. (Only after revisiting and re-reading this did I find the ability to specify that music on the list should not have been played in the last month.)


Ask more questions if you need clarification and enjoy!

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