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UPnP Server for Classical Music

I'm looking for suggestions for a UPnP server to stream on my LAN a collection of mostly classical music (FLAC). At this point, I'm testing JRiver, Twonky, and Asset UPnP. None seems entirely suitable, each has some useful features. For instance, JRiver can read CUE sheet files (I have quite a few albums ripped as disc images). Twonky is controlled by a web interface, so I don't have to be physically at the server to start or stop it, or change sharing setup. Asset has a folder-and-files mode, which mimics Samba (and, given severe UPnP limitations, may be the best way to navigate the library).

So what is the best choice, in your experience? What features should I particularly look for and test?

Thanks.

UPnP Server for Classical Music

Reply #1
It depends how you have tagged your files, and what you are serving to. With a smart server and dumb client/player, a typical approach is to get the server to translate several aspects of your tagging into a virtual folder stricture. With a smart client, all or most of the tags can he exposed through the upnp content directory as various properties, and the player can use these as it would tags on a local file. Upnp also defines ways of searching all these things by sending a query to the server, but beyond basic stuff I have not seen this work. I don't have much experience of it though. I have only tried really dumb clients that didn't even offer gapless playback so I gave up.

Cheers,
David.
P.s. Servio comes to mind, but might not help. Think there's a specific classical database Prof but can't remember out has upnp in it. Will check next week if I get chance.
EDIT: http://minimserver.com/

UPnP Server for Classical Music

Reply #2
With a smart client, all or most of the tags can he exposed through the upnp content directory as various properties, and the player can use these as it would tags on a local file.

Thanks for your reply. Can you give a few examples of smart players? All the players I've tried so far (soft and hard) were appallingly dumb, able to display only a small subset (usually Artist, Title, Album) of available tags.


 
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