[mythtv-users] Alternatives to MythMusic in 0.25, has anyone already found one?

George Galt george.galt at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 21:01:23 UTC 2012


On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM, Gabe Rubin <gaberubin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Gordon McCrae <gordon.mccrae at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 17 April 2012 21:20, Gabe Rubin <gaberubin at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM, Gordon McCrae <gordon.mccrae at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> I've just installed MythTV 0.25 on my test rig, and while I'm
>>>> generally incredibly impressed by it I'm afraid I have to agree with
>>>> the various people who've already bemoaned the move away from
>>>> directory tree structure for music selection.
>>>>
>>>> Having said that, I'm happy to accept that at the end of the day, I
>>>> can't write the code so I have to take what's available and get on
>>>> with it.
>>>>
>>>> My kids however find it impossible to get their little minds around
>>>> the new system (and dad isn't much better off to be honest), so I'll
>>>> need to find an alternative.
>>>>
>>>> Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, and conscious that compiling the
>>>> old 0.24.x MythMusic to work with 0.25 is a very temporary solution at
>>>> best, I'd like to know if anyone else out there uses alternative music
>>>> players that implement the same sort of ARTIST/ALBUM/SONG structure
>>>> that the old MythMusic used and can be controlled simply with a remote
>>>> control (no keyboards on any of my eight MythTV systems).
>>>>
>>>> I recall briefly seeing the likes of Banshee and Amarok, and if memory
>>>> serves, they follow the same sort of concept of the 0.25 MythMusic, so
>>>> they're out (I believe).
>>>>
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Gordon
>>>
>>> I have never been a fan of MythMusic (and have not looked at .25's
>>> implementation yet).  What I did in the past is make my mythbox a
>>> squeezebox server and put on a squeezebox frontend on the frontend I
>>> use (it happens to be the same machine as I only have a combined
>>> FE/BE).  Then you can use any web browser as a remote or get iPeng for
>>> the iPhone/iPod/iPad to use as a remote.  Nothing visual is displayed
>>> on the tv so this might not be what you want and there are a couple
>>> extra tricks you need to do to run it.
>>>
>>> Now, with .25 supporting AirPlay, I suspect I will just stream
>>> whatever music is on my iPhone to my mythbox.  Again, this uses the
>>> iPhone sort of as a remote and you are limited to just what is on your
>>> iDevice, but this is another solution.
>>> _______________________________________________
>> I was actually perfectly happy with the old MythMusic, but let's not
>> go into that, at the end of the day some people are working hard to
>> produce new software for MythTV, and most people probably prefer the
>> "everything is a playlist" approach, so who am I to complain? The 0.25
>> version certainly looks prettier, and has many options, it's just the
>> playlist thing that totally confuses my wife and kids, and even I
>> struggle to use it without wishing the old method was still around.
>>
> I definitely am not trying to be critical of the development of
> mythmusic or any other aspect.  I personally don't know a good system
> to manage my over 120 gigs of music using a remote.  When I do use
> mythmusic (pre .25), I just choose random and keep clicking next until
> I find something I like.  This amount of music requires a different
> way to interface with than a remote IMO.
>
>> No Apple devices in house, besides I wouldn't want to give a
>> smartphone to a small child to use as a remote anyway even if I did
>> have them, but the squeezebox angle sounds interesting I'm sure I
>> configured that once back before MythTV when I used Hauppauge MVPs,
>> I'll have a look at the Linux solutions for on-screen players for
>> that, thanks for the tip!
>>
>
> If you want to use the squeezebox route, look for posts that I wrote
> up about a year or two ago describing what I did to get the system
> working.  I can probably find the link if you can't.  As long as you
> have a computer with web access in the room, you can use that as the
> remote (as opposed to a smart phone).  There are a ton of other cool
> features as well including tuning into to virtually any radio station
> in the world, podcasts, and other online music services.  Plus, if you
> like it, you can get small squeezebox frontends in other rooms, either
> pre-manufactured ones or just turn any computer into a frontend.
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At one point I wrote a frontend for squeezeslave that worked with Myth
>= 0.23.  It got too bloated, but I've been thinking of reworking it
again.  All it really does is put a myth-friendly face on
squeezeslave, so you can see and control squeezeslave using your
remote.
I probably should dust off the old code and see what I could salvage.

George


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