[svlug] Playing the iTunes Library on Linux?

Bill Ward bill at wards.net
Thu Sep 27 14:18:06 PDT 2007


I think this is probably your best bet.  Note that Rhythmbox can act
as a daapd client, as can iTunes, so you can use your playlists and
library from anywhere on your network.

On 9/27/07, Richard L. Halpert <richard.halpert at mail.mcgill.ca> wrote:
> Have you looked at the Firefly Media Server?  It's primary purpose is to
> serve your existing media files to iTunes, but it apparently "Integrates
> with iTunes library including reading playlists," so it might be suitable
> for your needs.  The project used to be named "mt-daapd."
>
> http://www.fireflymediaserver.org/index.php
>
> -Richard
>
>
> On 9/27/07, Marcel Birthelmer <marcelb.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> > One option would be to open it up in iTunes, and while iTunes is
> > running, it keeps an XML file available in the iTunes dir that has all
> > the information also. So you could copy that out and convert from that
> > to whatever you had in mind. Though of course that requires you to
> > drag everything back to an iTunes-capable system.
> >
> > On 9/27/07, Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
> > > begin Rick Moen quotation of Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 09:06:09PM -0700:
> > > > Quoting Larry Colen (lrc at red4est.com):
> > > >
> > > > > I ended up selling my 12" powerbook to my girlfriend. I scp'd my
> > > > > iTunes library off of the powerbook onto my Linux desktop machine.
> I'm
> > > > > sure that there are linux music players that I can just point to all
> > > > > of the mp3 files (any particular reccomendations?), but what I'd
> > > > > really like is one that will handle the iTunes library format, so
> that
> > > > > I can take advantage of all of the playlists that have been set up.
> > > > >
> > > > > Does such a program exist?
> > > >
> > > > Larry --
> > > >
> > > > I have no idea what the internal format of the proprietary iTunes
> > > > program's library is -- but there's a chance that it uses the same
> > > > structure as is used on the filesystems of iPods, themselves.  _If_
> > > > that's the case, then maybe "gtkpod" can be coaxed into looking there
> > > > rather than onto a USB-attached iPod, which is its actual intended
> > > > usage.  Just a possibility.
> > >
> > > It does look as if other people have had this problem.
> > >
> > > There's a promising script for Rhythmbox here:
> > >   http://code.google.com/p/itunes-to-rhythmbox-ratings/
> > >
> > > --
> > > Don Marti
> > > http://zgp.org/~dmarti/
> > > dmarti at zgp.org
> > >
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