Suggestions for music server software with smart playlists and unified playcount
April 4, 2011 3:45 AM Subscribe
I have multiple Ubuntu PCs in multiple rooms, each connected to individual HiFis. I want to be able to listen to my 150GB music collection from any of the PCs. BUT, I want to have a unified record of playcount, so, from each PC, I can access a "Not Recently Played" smart playlist that has been updated from all PCs. I'd also like to sync this Not Recenlty Played playlist with my Android phone. How can I do this?
posted by prupert to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I currently do this via XBMC, a single MySQL database and a library shared via NFS. But, as XBMC developers keep on insisting, it is only a front end, it isn't a back end, it doesn't seem to share playcounts and it seems an awfully resource hungry way just to listen to music (as well as issues I currently have with one PC and it's ATI card that XBMC doesn't like).
I've tried various UPnP and DLNA servers for Linux, but none that are still active appear to support playcount and smart playlists (i.e. where you can say choose 500MB of songs not played in last 2 months) including Twonky, MediaTomb, miniDLNA.
I am aware of MPD, but am not quite sure of how it works or how to use it.
The ability to sync unplayed items to Android would be great, but it seems there is no way to sync playcount on Android back to any music library, other than via Last.FM and the only script I have found to do this for Linux hasn't worked as yet (plus it is rythmbox specific).
I can't belive I am the only one wanting to do this, so I was wondering what other people do?