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Topic # 84331 28-May-2011 12:30
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Ive been trying to find a solution to this but cant seem to find anything which doesnt either require me to buy some additional hardware, control the music from the server or stream it out via the internet and back in via the ipod touch. So here's what I have.

A server downstairs with all my music on it with an ipod touch, in a logitech speaker dock, in the kitchen.

All I want to be able to do is play the music I have downstairs on the touch via either the Music app, or a third party one, without having to transfer it to the touch or send it out via the internet first. I just want to stream it on the local wifi and be able to select the music as closely to the exising Music app as possible, ie nice and graphical if possible.

I use audiogalaxy on my Nexus when Im away from home which is great, but the ipod touch stays in the kitchen so I dont need to go via the internet and use my allocation on it.

So have I gone mad and lost my google skills because I cant find anything to save my life.

 

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  Reply # 475137 28-May-2011 14:20
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Can your server run iTunes and share your music wirelessly that way?




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  Reply # 475188 28-May-2011 17:31
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Either install iTunes on the server, or you could try the NetPortal app. I haven't tried it, but I use Filebrowser, which I believe is the iPad equivalent, to access files on my server.



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  Reply # 475423 29-May-2011 14:08
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Unless Im missing something, installing itunes on my server will simply allow me to stream to other computers running itunes...is that right ?

What I want to do is stream to my ipod touch and it doesnt appear possible.

I can install all manner of 'file explorers' but I can then only play one song at a time and there is no support for cover art etc.

Simplify Media seems to be what Im after but its been bought by Google and I can find no reference to it anywhere anymore.

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  Reply # 475430 29-May-2011 14:32
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Appears you are correct.

Searching around a bit, I came across this thread:
http://ask.metafilter.com/157946/How-do-I-stream-my-music-from-iTunes-to-my-iPhone

And a program called StreamToMe was suggested:
http://projectswithlove.com/streamtome/
Costs a few dollars but might suffice?




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  Reply # 475432 29-May-2011 14:45
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streamtome is the business :)

Bought and set up in less than two minutes and now its streaming nicely to the touch in the kitchen :)

I just have to work out how to get the coverart loading and it looks like we are all set.

Oh and Ill have to teach the wife to use this instead of the default music app !


 



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  Reply # 475434 29-May-2011 14:59
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In fact streamtome is sensational.

It can stream our home movies, mediaportal recordings, our dvd's its impressive :)

Thanks chrisnzl. Ive looked for hours for something and you come up with this !


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  Reply # 475436 29-May-2011 15:05
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No worries :)
Was semi-interested myself to find a solution.
Kind of surprised Apple doesn't have something native like this.




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  Reply # 475528 29-May-2011 19:05
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As long as your ipod is running iOS 4.3 or later you can stream from iTunes to your ipod wirelessly using a function called "home sharing".

Turn on home sharing in iTunes (it's in the "advanced" menu, then on your ipod go to "more" and at the bottom of the list it says "shared". From there you can connect to iTunes on your pc and use the normal music player as though all that music was on your ipod.

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  Reply # 475720 30-May-2011 12:33
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Yeah, I recently discovered Home Sharing too after trying to find a streaming solution for my iPhone from my HTPC to a bedroom iPhone radio alarm clock dock.  I almost purchased an app actually to do just this!

One thing I found useful is to create a separate iTunes library to import all of your media into.  That way when you do sync your device, it doesn't try to fill it with everything in your library.  Yeah sure you can just untick what you don't want to sync, but this solution makes it cleaner.

To create a new iTunes library (in Windows), hold down shift before you double click on the iTunes icon.  Keep it held until a box appears asking to either create a new library or select an existing library.  This does require you to know where your iTunes librarys are stored, but that isn't hard.

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  Reply # 475729 30-May-2011 13:04
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Mizon: As long as your ipod is running iOS 4.3 or later you can stream from iTunes to your ipod wirelessly using a function called "home sharing".


Oh real. Unfortunately my device (iPhone 3G) doesn't support 4.3 :( 




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  Reply # 475746 30-May-2011 13:34
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Sadly my ipod touch is an old one and only has 3.1.3.

I dont use itunes for anything, I prefer to use sharepod to put music onto the various family ipods. I just wanted to be able to put the touch in the kitchen dock and listen to whatever I wanted from the server rather than load and unload music as my wife saw fit.

The app works perfectly and as I said it can even play any Mediaportal recordings so she can even have Coro St on in the background if the so wishes.


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