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Simplify Media: How’d they do that?

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:39 am on Tuesday, August 19, 2008

By now every bodies probably heard about the SimplifyMedia.com service which just released an application for the iPhone / iTouch that basically lets you stream your, or your friends music though your phone. Its integrated with iTunes, Winamp and RhythmBox on Linux which is pretty cool. I think this is a neat idea and started thinking: “How’d they do that?”

It seems like it would be pretty difficult to achieve something like this, but in fact the concept is quite simple.

iTunes has a DAAP server built in for multimedia streaming media. What Simplify Media does is connect the stream to their server and then when another client (iPhone app / friend) logs in, if the Simplify Media application is running (on your PC) it lets you know and lets you start streaming it.

I have not analyzed to find out the EXACT method of how it works quite yet but I assume that it either uses Simplify Media’s bandwidth to stream (over https) or creates a reverse connection some how. If any one knows the details I’d be interested to know.

My other thoughts / questions on this are:

Will there be a free DAAP client available for the iPhone / iTouch?
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could record the streams?
How long before Apple pulls this application?
Will AT&T or Simplify Media kick you off, throttle, or even worse charge you for using this service?
If they are using Simplify Media’s bandwidth how are they making money?
How long will it be or will there ever be an open implementation of this?

I can’t really answer any of these questions so, if any one wants to take a stab at answering them go for it!

Digsby on Linux

Filed under: Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:41 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

I was reading this: http://www.shankrila.com/tech-stuff/digsby-is-my-favorite-instant-messenger/ post and I thought I’d check out Digsby. Other then being a really neat idea I thought it would be a great app for me to test out and see if I could use it full time. The Linux / MacOSX version is not ready yet so, I thought I’d just give running it under Wine a shot.

With a bit of struggling I did get it to work. I needed some DLL’s so I borrowed some from my Windows install. Then I needed Python, got that installed with the msiexec. Same error under wine PYTHONDLL failed to load.

Back to the drawing board, I figured I’d give that WineCVS script a shot. I posted an article about it a couple of days ago, you can use it to download Cedega and all other kinds of Wine implementations. I got the latest Wine from CVS, compiled and installed. Same issues as with the stable Wine I run. So, again battled with DLL’s (this time I just copied them over from my other install) and low and behold, it looks like it works:

Digsby on Linux under Wine

Looks pretty good huh?
WRONG!

When I try to sign in with my user name it doesn’t do so well. Here is the output:
Digsby on Linux under Wine Debug
I’m not sure how much I’ll get to mess with this to see if I can get it working before they release the Linux version but I’m going to keep trying. If your interested in more detailed instructions or information on running Digsby under Wine I’ll be happy to provide that information for you.

I’ll keep everyone posted by comments in this blog post. Also, let me know your thoughts on this, and comments!

– Owen