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1080iAddict

Can someone point me to instructions as to how I can stream iTunes over Cat5 in my house? I need to know what software and drivers to install on the PC hosting the iTunes library, what software and drivers to install on the PC receiving the iTunes stream, and what widgets to install on the interface viewer to browse and select itunes songs to stream.

Yes, I did install the iTunes repository driver and its up and running. But now I am clueless what to do next.

Thanks,

Adam

1080iAddict

Let me add one more thing. I 'auto-generated' a media browser widget by starting a new blank template and auto-generating the media browser widget. I then viewed that widget in the interface viewer. The IV displays the album art of my iTunes collection (which definitely gave me a 'wow' factor and desire to continue forward!!). So this is good. Its a start. But, when i select the album by clicking on it, nothing happens. It does not display tracks or anything like that. I think its supposed to display tracks even when that widget is 'auto-generated'. So that is what I need help with - clicking on the album, having it display tracks, and then the subsequent work flow on what should happen next - - i.e., to start the stream on a REMOTE computer so it can play on a remote amplifier.

1080iAddict

OK, I know this is basic stuff. But I had put cqc on a shelf for a year while pursuing other interests. Now I want to get back into it.

What media player are you guys using to stream audio related repositories so I at least have some direction? Is there a faq on this - a recent faq up to date?

Thanks in advance.
You should go to the Learn tab, then the How-To Video section and watch the two videos on configuring the media system. If you are using the iTunes repository, instead of ours, then mostly you want the second video, which is more about what to do after you've got a repository set up.

1080iAddict

10-4. thank you!

1080iAddict

That video was tremendously helpful. But there is a problem.

Before I explain the problem, my setup is as follows: I have iTunes installed on each of my CQC machines. The music library, however, is stored on my master server where it is backed up. On each instance of iTunes, I select the location of the stored music files on the server. It is a mapped drive letter, i.e., G:\iTunes music...etc. However, iTunes builds the xml file locally on each machine. This is how iTunes works. So, in essence, I have 3 xml files with the same data.

When I setup the iTunes repository on the theater computer, I used the iTunes XML file on the theater computer. That worked. The album art displays, etc.

I then installed the CQCL Audio Player on the office computer as instructed in the video. I used the QuickTime engine as instructed for protected audio files. I did exactly as told in the video. When i click on an album to start it playing on the office computer, I get the following error:

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CQC Error Dialog Dump
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Time: Tue, Aug 28 22:35:05 2007 -0400
OS Info: 5.1.2 [2600]

Error Dump
08/28 22:34:14-office.waterspoutcourt.com, CQCQTAudSrv, MainThread
{
CQCQTAudSrv, CQCQTAudSrv_ThisFacility.cpp.896, Status/Can't Do, Error: 4103/0/0
Could not create the QT movie object. Error=-43
}

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If I go back and change the driver to to use the DirectShow engine, I get the following error (note - in both instances I elected to play a non-protected .mp3 for test purposes):

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CQC Error Dialog Dump
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Time: Tue, Aug 28 22:44:22 2007 -0400
OS Info: 5.1.2 [2600]

Error Dump
08/28 22:44:04-office.waterspoutcourt.com, CQCServer, WMPAudioPlayerThread_2
{
CQCMedia, CQCMedia_WMPAudioPlayer.cpp.1018, API Failed/Can't Do, Error: 5910/0/0
Could not build the filter graph for file 'G:\iTunes Music\Compilations\The Central Park Concert [DVD Concert]\02 So Much To Say.mp3'
The system cannot find the path specified.
}

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So, I obviously hit a snag. Any thoughts? I did try installing the audio player ALSO on the theater computer so everything was on the same computer (except obviously the .mp3 files, which are installed on the master server with all the other audio files). That threw the same error. Let me also add that the G drive mentioned in the error is a mapped drive on all my computers, including the office computer and the theater computer. I checked and that file is located in the path shown in the error.
Do you have QT 7 installed on the machine where the driver is running?

Also, is G:\ a local drive where the driver is loaded and a real local drive, not a shared drive? You can't use shared drives because they are user account specific, and the driver doesn't run in your user account. You need either user a UNC type name (e.g. \\machine\MyMusic) or you have to create a new administrative account on the machine where the driver is running, set up the drive mapping, and set up the CQC service log into that account. Probaby you should at do the new account thing even if you don't use a shared drive because sometimes, according to your security setup, the default account that services run in have no network rights.

1080iAddict

I do have QT installed. 7.2 is the version.

I am kind of lost. The G drive is a mapped drive. It is mapped to the directory on the server where the iTunes actual song files are located.

Where would a UNC type name to that directory get inserted? I am operating under an account already assigned administrative priviledges.
The service doesn't run under your account. It runs in the background under a system account by default. So your mapped drivers are not anything it would know about.

Watch the first video in that tutorial and it'll show you how to set up a UNC type of name to share the directory.

Otherwise, on any machine where you want to run a player driver (which is going to go back and try to access those files), you will have to create a new administrative account, set up the mapped drives, and then set up the CQC service to log into that account, instead of the default one.

As I said, either way you might want to do the new account thing and set up the service to log into it, because sometimes the system account doesn't have network rights and therefore can't even access a UNC type shared name.

UNC names are not account specific, so any account can access them. It's just that the system account in some XP systems can't do any networking (for security purposes.)

1080iAddict

OK. The UNC net share did not work. I did get it set up - sorta.

(here is the deal: the required xml file is located at "C:\Documents and Settings\adam\My Documents\My Music\iTunes" and the net share command would not allow me to share that entire string for whatever reason. So I created a new folder and just copied the xml file and related files and directories into that folder for testing purposes. That did work as far as UNC share purposes, but nonetheless the same errors arose. And that would not have worked anyway unless I could actually get the specific xml file to share properly in its original location because it is always updated by itunes.)

I will try your other idea another day to create the new account and do away with the entire net share issue. Too tired today.

I am totally jacked, however, about the itunes integration and i will get this to work.
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