I'm watching this forum with great interest. I am currently using SlimServer on WinXP with my Roku because of some difficulties I've encountered using iTunes and I have no interest in WMC or Windows media formats.
I'm very happy with SlimServer, but I really like the idea of using a music server that will ultimately leverage the native protocols that Roku uses, and that I can count on working with the Soundbridge as firmware versions and server versions change.
I'm waiting for some of the dust to settle on Firefly before attempting a switch, but in the meantime, I'm hoping some of you more knowledgeable folks can answer a couple of questions for me.
1) For AAC/m4a playback, will Firefly need to decode/transcode to wav/mp3 before sending the stream to Soundbridge (like Slimserver), or will it send the AAC stream directly and utilize Soundbridge's built-in decoder (like iTunes)?
2) Are .m4a files required to be optimized for "fast-start streaming" to be successfully served up by Firefly to the Soundbridge in the same way as iTunes DAAP requires?
3) Can Firefly stream to other players (Winamp?) via url-based mp3 or other streams?
4) Does Firefly maintain its own database of metadata (tag information)..what type of database does it use? Is album art supported/displayable in the Web interface?
Thanks in advance!