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Windows 7: A way to stream music from once pc to another..

20 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate

I gave that a shot, and it does a great job. I think they just need to take it to the next level, and allow you to output the total sound from one system, to another... The app is awesome, but I have over 9,000 tunes on my computer, and the MediaPlayer interface that does not sort by artist, or anything other than song, is a bit clunky. Still very cool!! if anyone comes across an app that takes it to the next level, or get's creative and builds one, let us know..
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20 Dec 2009   #12

Win 7 64-bit

I've been doing something like this in my place.

You can use the built in streaming and/or network sharing in WMP and Media Center.

There are 2 things you can do:

Log into the Laundry room computer and share your music over the network (should happen if you keep your music in the my music folder and just start default sharing). Log into the Media Center Computer. Go to the music Library. Add a network folder to the library, the one you just shared on the Laundry computer.

Now load up Media Center and the music on the Laundry room computer will automatically be loaded into the main Library, artwork and all. You can now browse the media on the laundry room computer as if it were on the media center computer. You can set up playlists or play albums, and enjoy the artwork coverflow stuff on you TV.

On the media center computer, start WMP. On the stream button at the top, choose "Allow Remote Control of My Player" (so there is a checkmark). Leave it running and minimize it. Now start Media Center and maximize it, and let it run, just sit there.

Go to the Laundry room computer and go to your music Library. Find a song, album, or playlist, you want to play, RIGHT CLICK IT, and mouse over "Play To" and chose the Media Center Computer from the list. It will then load up the remote control interface, and Media Center and WMP on the Media Computer will work in Sync (it streams the music to WMP, but MCE will show the song info and album art.

Both these methods work at same time. They are not mutually exclusive. I have it set up so I can browse the media library on my on all my computers in Media Center while I'm on the couch, or be at my work computer and force Media center on my TV to play music on my sound system.

While on your PC you can keep adding more and more music to the "Play To" function, and it just adds it to the end of the playlist, so you can chose different songs or albums and play them in a row, instead of interrupting the song you are listening to (both methods allow that).

Works Great. Also works well if you have a Xbox 360 or PS3 (if you don't want to shell out of a PC).
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20 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate

That second option I was not aware of, and I will definitely give it a shot.. Thanks for the heads up..
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