Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Trying out SimplifyMedia on Debian

I just noticed SimplifyMedia, and wanted to start sharing music from my home media server. The server is running Debian etch (4.0), and there is no debian repository for it (not surprinsgly as it is not open source). Here's a short description on how I got it to work on my Debian machine.


  1. Download the package from SimplifyMedia Downloads.

  2. Unpack the contents to a folder

    tar zxfv simplifymedia.tar.gz

  3. Install all necessary debian packages to get the SimplifyMedia server running
    aptitude install libavahi-client3 libavahi-common3 libavahi-compat-libdnssd1 libavahi-core5 libc6 libdaemon0 libdbus-1-3 libfreetype6 libgcc1 libidn11 libpng12-0 libssl0.9.8 libstdc++6 libx11-6 libxau6 libxdmcp6 libxext6 zlib1g

  4. First you need to register for an account, start the SimplifyMedia GUI and enter all needed details. After registering close the GUI.


  5. Start the simplifymedia server using the newly created credentials

    simplifyserver/simplifyserver.sh -n USER -l HomeTest -p PASSWD -s /home/media/Music/

  6. Now the server will start scanning your folders, and soon publish the location.


  • I'm using the Winamp plugin on my Windows XP laptop, and many of the files does not played when selected. This is a major issue, but I'm hoping it will be fixed soon.

  • The server did not find all my mp3's, it's currently missing 15% of my files.

  • Even though I'm almost sitting next to the server (using Wlan) the playback stutters sometimes.

  • There is no daemon support, so I need to fix something.

  • The password is shown in clear text when doing a ps aux

I was more impressed when reading about it than now after I've used it. The problems that it can not find all files, not able to play all files on a client; are a little too much for me to accept. But hopefully it will improve and become something great!