How to setup your own music server

by Volker Weber

Alexander Oberdörster has written a server that scans a directory for mp3 files and makes them available via the Apple proprietary protocol DAAP. DAAP clients can browse the directory and retrieve individual files, either by streaming or by downloading them. There are a number of cross-platform clients written in Java, that let you download files from this server. These clients do not work with iTunes 4.01 and higher.

With iTunes, you are not able to download (read: steal) files from the other machine. You can just listen to them while the other machine is sharing. So you are able to listen to music shared on a daapd server.

Be careful however: If you run the above mentioned server you may put yourself in trouble since it allows downloading of the shared files. You can avoid this trouble by using iTunes as your server.


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