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VortexBox 1.5: Turn an Old PC into a Jukebox

Sep 24, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"The DAAP arms race continues. With iTunes 10, Apple has once again broken compatibility with third party DAAP servers — so projects like VortexBox that stream to iTunes have required a refresh. With the 1.5 release, VortexBox is back in the game and ready to play ball with iTunes — at least until the next update.

"What is VortexBox? It's a Fedora-based, single-purpose distribution that turns a PC or virtual machine into a music server or jukebox. Basically, you install VortexBox onto a machine and it will serve up your media to networked media players like iTunes, Sonos, an XBox 360, PS3, or streamed directly to other OSes.

"Using VortexBox

"Installing VortexBox is just a matter of slapping the CD into a drive and following the instructions. It also has a special install for VMware, which is what I used to test it out. It doesn't take more than 20 minutes to get the system up and running."

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