Cost / License?
> After struggling to provide basic
> streaming music services for a group of
> demanding friends and co-workers,
> Andromeda ended up saving me a variety
> of things including time, face,
> frustration, and pride. Weeks and weeks
> of ices and icecast issues were quickly
> remedied by about 30 minutes of pure
> andromeda love. You know want to...take
> the plunge.
I just visited the andromeda site with the intent of checking it out, but apparently you can no longer download a fully functional trial of the program, the free download only lets you see every other song in your collection. I didn't realize that freshmeat listed software with that type of license. Hm.
Quick, Easy and Powerfull
Andromeda is the top of it's class. For simple web Mp3 utilities it's the best (IMHO). Andromeda is very easy to setup and doesn't require a database (Very Cool). It requires an ordered Mp3 collection to function well but you should have that anyhow ;)
Andromeda is very well developed and polished with an astonishing amount of features for an application made from a single ASP (or PHP) file. Well worth a look if nothing else.
The main downsides are:
The developer is adament about keeping the license as is. Eventhough you download the source (It's writen in ASP or PHP) you arn't allowed to alter it. I've argued with him but at the end of the day it's his call.
2) No Database
A pro as well as a con. When you have alot of folders Andromeda can slow down a good bit as everything is done on the fly.
If only the license were not so restrictive.
I love and use Adromeda, but I also would not mind hacking on it to make it better. Wouldn't it be better under a freely distributable license?
> Follow instructions, e.g. 1 or 2 entries in the andromeda.php
> script, make a short andomedaPrefs.php file
Typically, there is no need to modify the core script file itself. By keeping all customization to the prefs file you'll retain your settings if you upgrade the script.
> You must have PHP installed (v4)
For the record, Andromeda was designed to be PHP3 compatible as well.
Easy to set up!
Follow instructions at Scott Matthews's site , e.g. 1 or 2 entries in the andromeda.php script, make a short andomedaPrefs.php file, put the script(s) in your mp3 directory.
Get your webserver set-up for PHP, Either change the DocumentRoot to andromeda.php or link to it from your web page..
Once you call it up from your browser, it roars through your mp3 directory and makes searchable listing of all your mp3's! No need for intregating a separate database program to keep track of things. Updating the listing? No problem. just add mp3's in the path, it self-updates each time you call it !
You must have PHP installed (v4) and have it integrated into it. I use RH 7.1, Apache. standard install - piece of cake!
Simple == good
After struggling to provide basic streaming music services for a group of demanding friends and co-workers, Andromeda ended up saving me a variety of things including time, face, frustration, and pride. Weeks and weeks of ices and icecast issues were quickly remedied by about 30 minutes of pure andromeda love. You know want to...take the plunge.
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