[mythtv-users] itunes -> mythmusic syncing
shanonmulleyster at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 17:11:46 EST 2005
SVN?? Is that building mythtv from source? Cause I took the easy
option out and installed using yum in Fedora.
On 11/23/05, Matt <skd5aner at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/21/05, Shanon Mulley <shanonmulleyster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Since I started using mythtv (and mythmusic), one of my biggest gripes
> > has been the clunky interface for creating playlists in mythmusic. Not
> > quite as elegant as the playlist editor included in itunes (which I
> > used before getting mythtv). I thought "wouldn't be cool if there was
> > some way of syncing the two? So I could manage my music on my windows
> > machine using itunes, then syncing it with mythmusic, so all the
> > songs, files and playlists were transferred automatically to
> > mythmusic?".
> > Eventually I decided to write such a script, and now I have decided to
> > share it with others (I'm sure I'm not the only one who has wanted to
> > sync mythmusic with itunes).
> > A few notes/assumptions/bugs:
> > 1) This script assumes that all your music files (well, mp3's) are all
> > under one directory on your windows machine. You can have your music
> > organised in subdirectories within this, so long as they are all under
> > the one directory. This script in its current form wont work if some
> > of your music is in "d:\music\", and some is in "c:\music\"
> > 2) I've only really tested this with mp3's. I think I specifically
> > target mp3's, and leave other files behind.
> > 3) If a file or directory has some special characters in it, it wont
> > copy across. Special characters such as () &' have been accounted
> > for, but some special characters wont - most notably pronunciations in
> > characters (like ā and ă). The output will tell you which files
> > failed. I just rename the files/directories.
> > 4) I don't believe there are any special dependencies for this. Using
> > Fedora Core 4, perl and the xml parser were already installed. (Just
> > make sure they are installed).
> > 5) While this script will copy across the playlists and music files
> > from itunes, it is not recommended you use this to copy across your
> > whole music collection. It will copy across each music file
> > separately, and this is very slow. For the first run, copy across your
> > music manually, and then run the scripts. After you add new music to
> > itunes, run the script again to update the few tracks you added.
> > Rough instructions:
> > I'm writing these instructions from memory - they might be a bit shaky.
> > 1) Share the directories where you keep your music and itunes database
> > on your windows machine. They can be read only if you like. On my
> > machine, I shared "C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My
> > Music" as "mymusic", and "d:\My Documents\mp3" as "mp3". (This is
> > assuming your itunes database and your music are stored in different
> > locations)
> > 2) mount the windows shares on your linux machine. If you don't know
> > what your doing, you'll probably have to edit your fstab file
> > (/etc/fstab on Fedora). I added the two following lines to my fstab
> > file:
> > ---fstab start---
> > //free-snr/mp3 /mnt/mp3 smbfs username=username,password=password 0 0
> > //free-snr/mymusic /mnt/mymusic smbfs username=username,password=password 0 0
> > ---fstab end---
> > 3) On your myth machine, create a new database in the mysql database.
> > I called mine "itunes". I used the following lines to create the
> > tables/fields/keys necessary:
> > ---mysql statements start---
> > create table Track (ID int, Name varchar(100), Artist varchar(100),
> > Location varchar(255), mythfilename text, mythintid int);
> > create table Playlist (ID int, Name varchar(100), PlaylistItems text);
> > alter table Track add primary key (ID);
> > alter table Playlist add primary key (ID);
> > ---mysql statements end---
> > 4) Give the mythtv sql user read/write access to the itunes database
> > (I forget the commands for that).
> > 5) copy the three files (two scripts, one configuration file) onto
> > your linux machine, and make them executable ("chmod 755 filename.pl"
> > I think).
> > 6) edit the itunes.conf file with your configuration info. I have
> > included instructions within the file to assist with this.
> > 7) That's it! (I think)
> > Running the scripts
> > 1) Run step1.pl (./step1.pl) (This populates the mysql itunes
> > database, and copies across the music files)
> > 2) open up mythtv, run the "scan for new" function within mythmusic.
> > 3) run step2.pl (./step2.pl) (This deletes all existing itunes
> > playlists [denoted with a (i)], and re-creates them all. NOTE - It
> > will not delete playlists you have created in mythmusic - it will only
> > delete those which have (i) in the playlist name).
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> You could also try the mfd/mfe in SVN. I believe it supports iTunes
> functionality, although I haven't played with it personally.
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