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Linux gadget builds, streams music libraries

Feb 24, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

MP3tunes has introduced a Linux-powered consumer digital audio server that provides a centralized repository for music and the means to distribute it wirelessly to other devices capable of playback. These include stereos, MP3 players, computers, PDAs, or even devices at the other end of an Internet link. A software-only version is also available for DIYers.

Based on a compact, WiFi-equipped, Pentium 4 PC running the Linspire Linux operating system, the MP3beamer requires just a few minutes to set-up, according to the company, courtesy of the Lsongs music management program. Music can be loaded by dragging and dropping an existing music collection from a USB drive. Alternatively, MP3beamer will accept music downloaded from the Internet or loaded into its CD-ROM drive, converting the files to MP3format. MP3beamer supports more then a dozen popular media receivers and can store the equivalent of 1400 CDs worth of music.

MP3beamer's web interface

MP3beamer's Windows XP sync utility in action

The MP3beamer is available at a special introductory price of $399. The software-only version is $69.95.

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