Setup AmpJuke to run as an online jukebox!
Everybody listens to the same music. Simultaneously. Read more
AmpJuke will run smooth and stream music perfectly even on fairly old hardware.
Please read the following as guidelines in relation to requirements:
Access to a Computer w. min. 500MB memory, and a CPU running not less than 800MHz.
Diskspace required by AmpJuke, plus downloaded images of performers/artists and albums is typically around 100MB for "metadata" for 10.000 tracks.
Add to that the actual diskspace consumed by your music collection. A typical album encoded in a decent quality typically consumes a little less than 100MB..
An installation of Linux/Unix. Virtually any distro will do.
(Note: Running AmpJuke on Windows - f.ex. using WAMP - might also work, but I'm NOT testing that with every release)
Apache (>2.2.x), MySQL (>5.0.xx) and PHP (>5.3.x). Versions below the mentioned might also work, but it is at your own risk, - especially in relation to PHP.
(Optional) an installation of LAME - in case you want to be able to do realtime transcoding/downsampling of the music.
Some real life facts...
I used to be a "Red Hat / Fedora kind of guy", but currently my music lives on a box that runs Linux Mint (a "derivative" of the popular Ubuntu).
The hardware is a standard Lenovo ThinkCentre 9702 with a 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB RAM and a 500GB harddrive. Not very impressive and not completely yesteryear - but adequate to get the job done!
I have a fibre-connection to the internet with a capacity around 15Mbit/sec in both up- and download.
This gives me (and potentially 20-30 others...) the freedom to enjoy music anywhere there's internet access.
At home I listen to music using a range of old/new PC's running different OS's (Debian, Ubuntu, Windows7) using various popular mediaplayers (VLC, WinAmp, XMMS, Media Player, Totem).
One PC is hooked up to the HIFI-equipment, which means I can use the AmpJuke server as a regular "CD-player"....with the huge advantage I don't have to sit and shuffle CD's and/or search endlessly in folders containing more than 10K tracks to find and play music...
At work I usually use my laptop.
When I want to impress friends and family, I demonstrate AmpJuke on whatever PC's they might have...
Finally, a friendly advice...
It is highly recommended you have tagged your music-files properly!
By "properly" I mean music that is tagged without too many spell-errors, empty fields within title/artist and so on (sidenote: If you're looking for something to inspect/edit/correct the tags on your MP3-music, I recommend Mp3tag).
When scanning and importing your music into the database, AmpJuke relies completely on whats in the tags in order to import the music-information into the MySQL-database.
If you're the administrator of AmpJuke, you can correct those spelling-errors etc. after scanning all your music, but its better to get it right the first time...
Still not scared ? Well, then take a look at some screenshots, or - even better - go straight to the online demo.