Friday, April 7th, 2006

AjaxAMP 3.0: Streaming

Category: Showcase

AjaxAMP 3.0 has been released. AjaxAMP allows you to access Winamp over the network using a web browser and control it or stream music to or from it.

What is new in 3.0?

  • Streaming! I Connect the AjaxAMP Media Library to another IP address and stream away!
  • Search the AjaxAMP Media Library blazingly fast.
  • Sort the AjaxAMP Media Library by Name, Size, Modified Date
  • Lots of small bug fixes, works properly with network shares, drive letter roots
  • Changes to the user interface mechanism for faster response time
  • HTTP 1.1 Persistent Connections implemented. Page loads faster.
  • Clear Playlist button on the playlist window
  • AjaxAMP Preferences now available directly from Winamp’s “Options menu”
  • Naive streaming for listening on computers not running AjaxAMP

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:24 am
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Hah, and it\’s all free! I get the stability and performance of winamp, get to remote-control the office music PC (along with others), and can stream music off remote libraries. Winamp is cool, and it\’s the best of breed, but it\’s not unique – there are other music players out there. HOWEVER…add AjaxAmp and you\’ve got a powerful and completely new tool. Here\’s how I use it:

1. I load it up on my PC at home where I have a big music library. I have AjaxAmp index (sort) the library for searches.

2. I load it up on the work PC (laptop) which is connected to the stereo.

3. Anyone at work (we have a schedule!) can connect with through our browser (love it!) to the work laptop and get the music going, pause it, etc. People can log in to their own libraries at home (like I do) so the total music available to the office is really quite diverse. Also, I can do this without divulging MY home library password to anyone else at work ;)

Thank you, Levy, for this piece of software. I hate to call it a \”plug in\” cause that makes it seem like it\’s something like a little add-on and it\’s much more that that.

Comment by Serge Wilson — April 7, 2006

Hah, and it’s all free! I get the stability and performance of winamp, get to remote-control the office music PC (along with others), and can stream music off remote libraries. Winamp is cool, and it’s the best of breed, but it’s not unique – there are other music players out there. HOWEVER…add AjaxAmp and you’ve got a powerful and completely new tool. Here’s how I use it:

1. I load it up on my PC at home where I have a big music library. I have AjaxAmp index (sort) the library for searches.

2. I load it up on the work PC (laptop) which is connected to the stereo.

3. Anyone at work (we have a schedule!) can connect with through our browser (love it!) to the work laptop and get the music going, pause it, etc. People can log in to their own libraries at home (like I do) so the total music available to the office is really quite diverse. Also, I can do this without divulging MY home library password to anyone else at work ;)

Thank you, Levy, for this piece of software. I hate to call it a “plug in” cause that makes it seem like it’s something like a little add-on and it’s much more that that.

Comment by serge wilson — April 7, 2006

I love AjaxAmp. Have used it for donkeys.

Comment by Joe Anderson — April 7, 2006

The title says “AjaxAMP v3.0 is a Web 2.0 plugin for the excellent Winamp Media Player.”

In what way is this web 2.0? Because it has ajax in it? :)

No offence though, it’s a nice app… but I think it’s getting a bit silly lately as people are naming everything that has a bit of ajax in it “web 2.0”.

Comment by Rick — April 7, 2006

man thats ugly.

Comment by addi — April 8, 2006

A lot of web apps lately are riding on the web2.0 buzz to get attention and it sure does work! Web2.0 or not, AjaxAMP is a hot web app.

Comment by audienceone — April 9, 2006

This thing is great. All my music, wherever I want it, plus instant search capability. Keep up the hard work, Mr. Levy. This is definitely worthy of a paypal donation, you’ve earned it!

Comment by Adam Schwartz — April 9, 2006

isn’t web 2.0, “the web as a platform”? this seems cool, now I just need music..

Comment by aimsone — April 9, 2006

Fantastic upgrades. Search is fast. Streaming was missing piece for me. You can call it Web 2.0 powered by Alien Juice or whatever you want – it’s great. Thanks again.

Comment by Manu — April 9, 2006

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Pingback by Raul Vera » Blog Archive » AjaxAmp controla WinAmp desde el navegador — April 10, 2006

There is a bug in v3.0 where streaming will fail if the destination computer’s media library is empty. If you are having this problem, please download v3.0.1 from the website. It should solve the problem.

Comment by Gabriel Levy — April 10, 2006

My media library has a lot of music – over 20,000 tracks. The ajaxamp media libray appears to be empty and searches return no entries. Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem?
Library connect – should it also contain the port number 5151?

Comment by Simon — April 11, 2006

My media library has a lot of music – over 20,000 tracks. The ajaxamp media libray appears to be empty and searches return no entries. Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem?
When connecting to the Media Library – should it also contain the port number 5151?

Comment by Simon — April 11, 2006

Q: Why Is the Media Library blank?
A: The AjaxAMP Media Library does not rely on Winamp’s built-in Media Library for operation. You must add folders to the library in AjaxAMP’s plugin configuration screen.To reach the configuration screen, choose “AjaxAMP Preferences…” from Winamp’s “Options” menu or right-click Winamp and choose “AjaxAMP Preferences…” from the pop-up menu. Then, choose “Library” on the left side of the configuration screen.

Use the “Add Folder” button to add folders to the Media Library. Use the “Reindex” button to update the search index after adding or removing shared folders.

Q: Why doesn’t the search function work?
A: The search index must be rebuilt after folders are added to or removed from the Media Library. Use the “Reindex” button on the “Library” page of the configuration screen to manually rebuild the index.

Comment by Gabriel Levy — April 11, 2006

[…] [via Ajaxian] requires you to download and install a WinAMP plugin. Note that this seems to be required for the server side only though. You can then access the interface remotely from a browser (IE and FF). […]

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So, AjaxAmp allows you to control a computer remotely on a network to play music. I thought you just pointed your browser to it, and listened to the music in you browser, not play the music on the host computer. Because then you could have music on the go.

Comment by Dan — April 29, 2006

So, AjaxAmp allows you to control a computer remotely on a network to play music. I thought you just pointed your browser to it, and listened to the music in you browser, not play the music on the host computer. Because then you could have music on the go. Is there anyway to stream music from a host computer to another.

Comment by Dan — April 29, 2006

Q: How do I stream music from another computer?
A: First, connect your browser to the computer you wish to PLAY the music on. If you want to stream to your local machine, connect to http://127.0.0.1:5151.

Then, connect the AjaxAMP Media Library to the computer you wish to stream music from. At the bottom of the Media Library Window, there is a field where you can enter the IP address of another computer and a “Connect To” button. When you connect the AjaxAMP Media Library to another computer running AjaxAMP, you can browse the remote computer’s Media Library and drag/enqueue/play songs from it.

Q: How do I stream music to a computer which is not running AjaxAMP?
A: If the computer you are on is not running AjaxAMP, you can still stream music from a remote computer running AjaxAMP, but, of course, you will not have full control of Winamp from the web interface. Connect your browser to the computer you wish to stream music from and add a “/library” to the URL. For example: http://127.0.0.1:5151/library. You will get a stripped down version of AjaxAMP presenting just the Media Library. Clicking the play button next to a song or folder will generate a playlist containing those songs. Clicking a song will download it. You can also drag the song links directly into Winamp’s playlist window.

Comment by Gabriel Levy — May 4, 2006

Yes great piece of software. since there is no “official” forum, here’s my wish list for the next releases:
– ability to remove 1 or more song from the playlist (or a good doc explaining how to do it without clearing all the playlist) :)
– Show the cover (ie \MyArtist\Myalbum\cover.jpg)
– equaliser
– skins or even better,ability to use the same skin that the remote winamp
– ability to resize the skin
– show more meta tags (or ability have a customizable window for embedding extra meta tags fields).
– a bulletin board on your website :)

Thanks again & Regards.
;)

Comment by JustMe — May 5, 2006

All great ideas! Cover art and skins are definite inclusions for the next release, perhaps I can get the equalizer in there as well. Thanks for the feedback

You can delete a single song in the playlist by selecting it and hitting delete on the keyboard.

Enjoy!

Comment by Gabriel Levy — May 5, 2006

Ditto on all of JustMe’s wish list. Thanks for your great work, Gabe!!

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Comment by bb — May 13, 2006

Anyone know when is the next update? I am so hoping for ability to remove 1 or more songs from the play list. Other than that this is a great program for use on my home built DVR connected to my big screen TV during parties.

Comment by kevin — August 21, 2006

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