Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

AjaxAMP 2.0: Ajax Media Player

Category: Showcase

Gabriel Levy has released a new version of AjaxAMP the network control for WinAMP.

What’s new?

There are numerous UI and performance enhancements, but the most obvious difference is the addition of the Media Library, which lets you share files on the server and browse/play/enqueue them from the browser with all the lovely Ajaxian snappiness people are learning to love these days.

  • Added Media Library! Browse/Enqueue/Play shared files remotely
  • Drag n’drop from Media Library to Playlist
  • Intelligent cache for much increased performance w/large playlists
  • Fixed Firefox 1.5 render bug
  • Added controls to hide playlist/media library
  • Many small bug fixes

AjaxAMP 2.0

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Pingback by Project :: penkiblog » 本日書籤 (å?·æ‡¶ç‰ˆ) — February 7, 2006

Love this plugin, and there’s certainly some awesome ajax at work here, but my question is: what’s the point? I load up winamp on my laptop, and access the server from another pc to play music ….. on my laptop? If this allowed me to load up my playlists at home and then access them from work and stream them through the browser, now that would be EXTREMELY useful. Other than using one computer on my network to control music being output from another, there’s no use for this.

Comment by Joe Potenza — February 7, 2006

Thanks for the comments. I originally wrote this plugin because my desktop machine at home is hooked up to my stereo, forcing me to get up off the couch everytime I wanted to adjust the music. With this plugin, I use the laptop to control the “stereo machine” from anywhere in the house. Similarly, at work, everyone can control whichever computer in the office is playing music, useful for muting the music when the phone rings or just adding to the playlist. Now, I agree that this has somewhat limited appeal, but I think those who use it for this type of set up find it pretty useful.

That said, I have already been hard at work adding streaming from remote media libraries to version 3.0. Incidentally, this will allow you to play music FROM one computer ON another computer USING a third computer…strange concept. Remote DJing? If you’d like to beta test it, email me.

Comment by Gabriel Levy — February 7, 2006

I disagree with the first comment about uselessness. My roommates and I use this plugin to share a playlist that we broadcast over our network via Shoutcast. Glad to hear, though, that this extra step might be unnecessary in version 3.0.
I have noticed one issue, though, involving network shares. If a user attemps to access (or enqueue) a remote directory that is not currently available, AjaxAMP’s ML (or playlisit) goes blank. And the only way I’ve found to restore it is to restart the browser. Is there a way to fix this?
Overall, though, stellar work on this plugin! It’s by far the best of its kind.

Comment by Tyler Abbott — February 7, 2006

Excellent!

perfect performace…

Comment by Rafael Capucho — February 7, 2006

This is fantastic. Excellent performance and great promise for some amazing network functionality. Adding streaming to this program would make it the best plugin of all time.

Comment by Adam Schwartz — February 8, 2006

This is just what I’ve been looking for, but I can’t get it to work. I can view the current playlist and start/stop playing stuff in the playlist, but nothing is listed in the media library. Tried re-installing Winamp and the plugin, plus re-adding music to the media library. Get the same problem in IE6 or Firefox 1.5.

If anyone knows how to fix this please email me at mark.harri5@ntlworld.com. Thanks.

Comment by Mark Harris — February 16, 2006

This is a great plugin. Unfortunately I can’t get it to install on my music server which is running Win 2k. When I try to run the installer I get a message that the file is corrupt, incomplete, or is a virus. It presents the option of running it with the command line switch of /NCRC but the same thing happens.

Does anyone have any suggestions? ( other than upgrade my OS)

TIA!

Comment by physio — February 24, 2006

Correction to the above post. I eventually got it working by downloading from a different box and transferring the install file. For some reason that box didn’t want to get the whole file.

Things are working great. I love the plugin. It is exactly what I have been looking for. One glitch though; my playlist shows up but the ML window is always blank. Any thoughts?

Keep up the great work!

Comment by physio — February 24, 2006

The first time i used it was at school and for some reason, everything works well except the sound. And what’s the point if there is no sound. So hopefully u guys can explain this. Just to make it clear so that i dont have to repeat, the playlist comes up and i can see my entire library, but the sound doesnt play even though i can see the player running.
Thank you!

Comment by Jonathan — February 24, 2006

Wow… this is exactly what I was looking for today! Very slick. I can wander the house with my laptop and control the music piped from my main PC to the stereo system.

The only glitch I’m having is that the media library window appears empty. I’ve tried in both Firefox 1.5.0.1 and IE 6. Any thoughts on this would be welcome.

Comment by ToddZ — February 27, 2006

What an awesome implementation of a great idea :)

Do you have a list of current bugs and features for your version 3 rather than repeating stuff again?

One feature id really like to see is IE Mobile support for my Ipaq! I was hoping there was a template to alter but you have built it all into the plugin.

P.S. Toddz, you have to add the folders seperately for this plugin in its options dialog. It doesnt actually use winamps media library as a source.

Comment by Calum — March 1, 2006

We use this on our LAN at work (one computer plays MP3s, that’s pretty much all it does) and we mount network drives from that machine to our shared directories… it’s a great setup.

We’ve been using BrowseAmp for a few years and we’ve really enjoyed it, but for some reason it seems to lock up WinAmp from time to time (forcing us to reboot that machine). AjaxAMP seems to have alleviated this problem and so far it is MUCH faster to load than BrowseAmp.

Everyone loves it so far, thanks for all of your hard work!

Comment by JamieC — March 7, 2006

This Plugin is really awesome! I’ve been searching for a solution like this for nearly 2 years. Almost every plugin in this category (remote control) seems to look bad or has less features.
AJAXAMP is damn fast in responding and starting up and additionally it looks pretty good!
I am using it to control my desktop (which is connected to my hifi-stereo system) from my notebook over WLAN.
DAMN cool!
But theres something missing that i use pretty often: the search (located at DEL and F3) perhaps this is realizable..?

Comment by mefiX — March 14, 2006

Wow I really appreciate all the feedback! Version 3.0 is almost done. Just a few minor issues to work out before I start the beta testing phase. This release will fix some annoying bugs and address a lot of the concerns people have raised here. Streaming from remote media libraries, searching, sorting, it’s all in there. I’m also trying to get the website together before I launch the next version officially. It has gotten to the point that some proper Docs and an FAQ are necessary for the uninitiated to understand how to use this thing to its full potential. Stay tuned!

Comment by Gabriel Levy — March 15, 2006

It’s a great plugin. But I’m disappointed with the Media Library. How do I add some files in there? It’s always blank and the choice of controling only one playlist makes the plugin lesser useful.

Comment by mpegyna — March 16, 2006

The Media Library i empty by default. To add folders to it, you must go into the AjaxAMP configuration screen, click the “Library” tab, and add some folders to the library. You can reach the configuration screen by right-clicking Winamp and going to Options->Preferences->Plugins->General Purpose Plugins

Comment by Gabriel Levy — March 16, 2006

The plugin doesn’t seem to properly support network drives. I would very much like to see this work. I use the plugin in my office so everyone can have some influence on the music that is played. However, I wouldn’t want to download everyones music to my own computer.

Comment by TimV — March 17, 2006

Exactly what I needed… I too am too lazy to stand up and press next. This beat’s RDP to remotely contol my MM PC by a mile.
Thanks.

Comment by jeffab — March 21, 2006

Hello! I came across your site from a yahoo search. I must say the content here is sweet. If I may post my opinion I also agree with the above views. Good job :-)

Comment by guaranteed insurance life policy — March 24, 2006

I can’t find this plugin on the winamp site (and the link doesn’t work). Does anyone know what’s going on, has Mr. Levy disappeared from the planet along with his marvellous creations? :)

Comment by Viljo — March 31, 2006

I can’t find the plugin either. What happened?

Comment by Geoff Oliver — April 2, 2006

Maybe ver 2.0 was removed before ver 3.0 was posted? I’ve seen this happen before. Check back in a few days I bet.

Comment by Manu — April 2, 2006

Version 2 was removed from the Winamp site to make way for the release of version 3. I’m hoping Ajaxian.com will do another showcase on the new version. In the meantime, you can download version 3 at http://www.ajaxamp.com.

Comment by Gabriel Levy — April 2, 2006

This is a great site. Not everyone has to agree but I sure do. Can’t wait for some more posts.Keep it real.

Comment by isadora — April 16, 2006

The first time i used it was at school and for some reason, everything works well except the sound. And what’s the point if there is no sound. So hopefully u guys can explain this. Just to make it clear so that i dont have to repeat, the playlist comes up and i can see my entire library, but the sound doesnt play even though i can see the player running.

Exactly the same problem here. Using the latest versions (Winamp 5.21 & AjaxAMP 3.0.2).

Comment by John — April 17, 2006

This is my first visit here, but boy, its been a great help. I was looking for something exactly like this. Thank you very much.

I think I have a solution for the firt comment. If you could use something like a “Hamachi”, get connected to your home PC via virtual LAN, you can access your home music. If your office firewall alows u to do that, that is.

Comment by Indranil Gupta — May 24, 2006

The first time i used it was at school and for some reason, everything works well except the sound. And what’s the point if there is no sound. So hopefully u guys can explain this. Just to make it clear so that i dont have to repeat, the playlist comes up and i can see my entire library, but the sound doesnt play even though i can see the player running.

Exactly the same problem here. Using the latest versions (Winamp 5.21 & AjaxAMP 3.0.2).

got tghe same prob, but i can download the songs….

Comment by rens — July 31, 2006

“The first time i used it was at school and for some reason, everything works well except the sound. And what’s the point if there is no sound. So hopefully u guys can explain this. Just to make it clear so that i dont have to repeat, the playlist comes up and i can see my entire library, but the sound doesnt play even though i can see the player running.”

got tghe same prob, but i can download the songs….

Comment by rens — July 31, 2006

I to can see the whole thing over the net, but i cant get any sound, however i can download the music… any clue? what is wrong?

Comment by rens — July 31, 2006

I have a dedicated PC feeding audio to our stereo,
winamp as the player.

Now my blind wife can use her screen reader on her
PC to select music …. enabling technology!

I’m looking to hack the html to make it more accessable —
is source available in any manner? (I can reverse engineer
the html/js, but commented code can make that an easier
task :>)

Next step: control of the cd player, radio & tv off her screen
via IR interface. You’ve inspired me.

Comment by Carlyle — March 31, 2007

Coder Proposal for a Media Player (respond to daviddanish@gmail.com)

1. We need someone who has experience in AJAX and has a media player coded out that can skin & implement it with an already designed MP3 player and video player (which we could have converted into CSS for you or you could do it yourself if it’s easier).
2. Below is a link to the mp3 & video player images
1. http://picasaweb.google.com/daviddanish/TheILLIST20?authkey=roiw8Fer3h0
3. Specifically, we need all of the following formats:
1. Audio:
1. MP3
2. WAV
2. Video:
1. MPEG
2. AVI
1. If you can do WMA for really cheap, that’s a bonus, otherwise forget WMA.

Comment by Dave D — July 17, 2007

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