AudioFaucet 1.5 Public Pre-Release

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by SafariKC, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. mrainwater

    mrainwater New Member

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    I have an older TiVo (Phillips DirecTV) which has been user upgraded to support HME options and installed on my network. I am able to use the TiVo desktop software on my Windows computer, and the Windows computer is discovered automatically by the TiVo when I choose "Music & Photos". Note: This is not actually a Series 2 TiVo. But this still works fine.

    But I am trying to get Audio Faucet to installed and working on my Mac. This is where I keep my iTunes Library, and the audio can be played from this computer to the whole house (using AirTunes).

    It sounds like Audio Faucet is exactly what I need.

    But when I run it, the TiVo is neither able to discover it nor will it work when I use "Add Server" on the TiVo to directly enter the IP Address of the Mac.

    Is there something else you would suggest? Is the default port correct, or is there something I can do with this? It seems to be the only setting I haven't messed with.

    Thank You
     
  2. morninghill

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    Audiofaucet recent download and install. Works fine on my tivo hd with a windows xp home machine. I get artists, albums, and genre, but no playlists. Am I missing something? Also, I get the cover art if itunes has it. No access to amazon cover art. Is this just a Mac thing?
     
  3. Jun 9, 2009 #263 of 289
    DrLivingstone

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    I just installed v1.5PR on my Vista laptop (Vista Home Premium SP1) and I can confirm that it works. The only obvious problem, as noted in a post by urbanbohemian earlier on this page, is that the system tray menu is skewed way right, so that only one letter of each system tray command is showing - S in bold (which opens the Preferences dialog), H (which takes you to the DigitalDroplet.net web site), A (which opens the About dialog), and E (which exits).

    For those that know how to debug and fix/patch such problems, the amount of right skew appears to be almost exactly the width of the AudioFaucet logo that's part of the pop-up when you right-click the system tray icon. So I'm guessing that a workaround would be to remove that logo (or make it very small, say 1x1 pixels). I looked at the icon resources in audiofaucet.exe and tray.dll, but neither one has this logo in it - so it's probably in one of the JAR files...
     
  4. DrLivingstone

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    I did a bit more poking around and found the offending graphic that causes the system tray menu command to skew way right. It is winlabel.png, in the file af.jar. As a test, I cropped winlabel.png to 1x1 pixels and updated it in af.jar (it shows up 2 places), then started AudioFaucet. The system tray menu now displays properly - alas, without the AudioFaucet logo, but I'd rather see the commands in full!

    See attached screen shots for before and after.

    [I also posted this in the "Audio Faucet?" thread in the HME Developer's Corner. Sorry for the cross-posting, but I don't have enough posts yet to simply provide a link to that post. Which seems silly - like the difference between 3 posts (the number I have to date) and 5 (the required number to post a link) is gonna magically make a difference in the quality of my post, or prevent me from being a spammer or something... :( ]
     

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  5. richsadams

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    I just discovered AudioFaucet. It looks like a great program. I installed it on my Mac, asked it to use iTunes. It starts up and it appears on our TiVo's in the Music, Photos & Showcases but when I select it I get a "Can't Run" error:

    "An error occurred while running the application. The application closed during a read (0x50006)"

    I've tried every preference setting possible, downloaded the cleaner and started from scratch several times, but still no love. A search of this thread turned up some info from 2005, but nothing that applies that I can see.

    iMac 24"
    v10.6.2
    iTunes 9.0.2
    AudioFaucet 1.5.0.20060326
    TiVo HD & Series3 v11.0d

    Any help would be appreciated. TIA!
     
  6. westside_guy

    westside_guy Annoyingly ephemeral

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    The soggy...
    Okay this won't be particularly helpful, but I just loaded it onto my MacBook Air running 10.6.2 (+ iTunes 9.0.2) and, once I'd let it through the firewall (which BTW it didn't prompt for, I had to do it manually), it worked just fine for me when I accessed it from our Tivo HD.

    AudioFaucet is of limited usefulness to me because it's MP3 only - it doesn't handle AAC at all. But I can report that it should work just fine under Snow Leopard; so at least it's not a compatibility issue. Being a PPC app it does require Rosetta, of course.
     
  7. richsadams

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    That's very helpful indeed. I am running Rosetta but I didn't manually set it up with my firewall...might try that. Now that I think of it, that's probably exactly what I need to do.

    However, after reading umpteen earlier posts I thought I had read that AudioFaucet handles AAC now. If not, agreed, not of much or really any use to me since I use LAME to rip all of my music in AAC to iTunes. If it doesn't handle AAC then I guess I'm not missing anything...although the interface looks great and it would be terrific to be able to use my iTunes playlists and such.

    Thanks for the advice...see you never know how valuable what you do might be! :up:

    EDIT: Well, I updated my firewall settings to allow AudioFaucet to connect and made sure Rosetta was running (sudo sysctl -w kern.exec.archhandler.powerpc=/usr/libexec/oah/translate) but AudioFaucet is still a no-go with TiVo. :(
     
  8. Nov 6, 2010 #268 of 289
    Berone

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    Hey, let's revive a dead thread about dead software!
    I tried AudioFaucet last night on a MacMini running Snow Leopard and got the same error message: "An error occurred while running the application. The application closed during a read (0x50006)"
    Wondering if Rich ever got it working or anyone might know what could cause that.

    Thanks,
    Anthony
     
  9. Nov 6, 2010 #269 of 289
    richsadams

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    Wow! It's been almost exactly a year since I fooled around with AudioFaucet...I almost completely forgot about it. I've probably completed about three "scape and paves" on my iMac since then. :eek: I never tried it again. It doesn't sound like it's changed much. It's too bad, it had a lot of potential. IIRC 0x50006 is a generic crash error so it's probably nothing to do with TiVo.

    I'm looking at adding an Apple TV to the mix now, so although it's not as convenient as being able to stream iTunes from TiVo, it'll be close.

    Best of luck!
     
  10. Nov 7, 2010 #270 of 289
    Berone

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    Yeah, it's good to revive a thread once a year. I don't know enough about the programming to have any idea why this would happen. So far I can't get any of the music programs to work right; Galleon, AudioFaucet, TiVo Desktop- they all fail on some level. I thought about an Apple TV, but I'm not sure I want to introduce another piece of hardware. I'm thinking about an HDMI 4x4 True Matrix switch and just play from the Mini itself.
     
  11. Nov 7, 2010 #271 of 289
    richsadams

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    I had the same experiences with Galleon, et al (although someone on another thread said Galleon works quite well now). I have a Mac Mini HT setup right now but I don't use it often enough to justify its existence and the whole computer startup thing takes too long (at least for my wife ;) ) and then maneuvering to the right media, etc. is a bit of a hassle. So for what I use it for (iTunes, some movies and Pandora) I think I'm going to pull it. For $99 I can do the same, plus stream from my iPad, etc. and based on the architecture I can't imagine that their won't be some sort of ATV apps to expand its functionality down the road. I guess it boils down to price, convenience and knowing that it will work seamlessly with the rest of my setup. I feel kind of badly because I upgraded the HDD and memory in the Mini and had high hopes...and it works quite well, but... So I guess I can sell the Mini, pay for the ATV and have some $$ left over.

    BTW, I'm not sure what you're looking at with respect to HDMI, but I have one of these HDMI switchers I no longer use (bought a new Sammy Plasma w/HDMI inputs, etc.). PM me if you'd like.
     
  12. Nov 7, 2010 #272 of 289
    Berone

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    We use the Mini for backups of our 2 MacBooks as well as the TiVo. Currently it has 5 external hard drives attached with backups, music, movies, etc. So it makes sense to hook it up to the televisions and go direct from there. That will eliminate the streaming issue. The whole system is on 24/7, so start-up time isn't an issue for us.
    Thanks for the offer on the switch. What I need is to be able to take 4 devices and pipe them to 4 televisions. The one I'm looking at is the Monoprice 4x4. I like that it will let me watch different inputs on different sets, or the same thing on multiple sets and something else on another.
     
  13. Nov 7, 2010 #273 of 289
    richsadams

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    Ah, got it...and makes sense. I have all of our iTunes, videos, etc. on a NAS and everything here is hardwired so it works fine but yours sounds a little more complicated. Good plan though. :up:
     
  14. resnick

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    I haven't see any word from KC on this recently. Is he still around? (I tried sending e-mail.) Any word on whether there is any forward path on AudioFaucet (or any other HME that has the same functionality)? AudioFaucet fails for me under Snow Leopard / iTunes 10 / TiVo Premiere (an error reading 0xFFFF).
     
  15. jcthorne

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    You might give Harmonium a look see. I switched from AudioFaucet to Harmonium about a year ago due to lack of development on AF. Works pretty slick and is very stable java app so should be able to set up on a mac.
     
  16. resnick

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Harmonium will only deal with MP3 files. In particular, it's not going to deal with Apple Lossless. The nice thing about AF is that it can simply act as a remote control for iTunes, causing iTunes to play songs over the network to an Airport Express or the like (even those encoded in Apple Lossless).

    Still hoping for a solution.
     
  17. SafariKC

    SafariKC Weeeeeeeeeeee

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    Howdy,

    Sorry for being so quiet. Apart from the silence from TiVo on the future of HME (the platform that AF is written on) there's been quite a bit that got in our way of getting 2.0 out the door. The good news is there's really great solutions out there that solve the problem.

    We did do quite a bit of work on AF to re-write over the past few years, but found it near impossible with our day jobs to keep up with the changes Apple was making to the iTunes ecosystem at the time to get something out there that was releasable. It seemed like every time we were ready to push something out they sneak attacked us with a great new release of iTunes that either deprecated an API we used, changed the XML format, or moved around UI elements that we used to "hack" some of the cool functionality in place (like choosing your external AirTunes speakers) We also struggled to get Java to behave with 64 bit versions of iTunes in Windows 7 (and Vista at times). Apple has at this point completely deprecated the Java/OSX bridge that we used quite heavily to control iTunes and we expect it to be all but gone in Lion later this year.

    We had a great time working on AF while it lasted. I would highly suggest folks who really care about great iTunes integration run out and get a new AppleTV. At $99 bucks the new platform Apple has is a steal and works flawlessly with the iTunes world regardless of what platform your music lives.
     
  18. richsadams

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    Thanks very much for all of your hard work on AF...it was a worthy cause. I guess innovation is good, but when you're trying to keep up it can be, well, not so good.

    I can vouch for our new Apple TV being as great as you say it is. iTunes and iPhoto are seamless and it actually streams Netflix better than our TiVo! Streaming from our iPad is pretty remarkable as well. (Not to mention the other options it offers.) Hopefully they'll be adding some apps to it one of these days. If/when they end up signing more networks and providers the Apple TV2 @ $99 will be nothing short of awesome.

    Thanks again for checking in and letting us know how things are...and best of luck in all of your endeavors in the New Year!
     
  19. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    If you're officially abandoning AudioFaucet, would you consider open sourcing it?
     
  20. jim _h

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    I hope to revive this thread :)

    I used Harmonium quite a while ago, but it had problems and the installation/configuration was too tedious. I see a couple of new names here - Galleon, AudioFaucet. I am wondering what's available that

    1. Is actually 'finished' or at least still in active development by people who intend to finish it.

    2. Doesn't require an afternoon spent fiddling with .bat files and cofiguration scripts.

    3. Doesn't depend on ITunes. I hate Itunes.

    Am I just dreaming?
     

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