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Getting HomePod software to work on 10.7 / Intel only?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by lannister80, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Does anyone remember the HomePod from 2003/2004 or so?


    It's a wifi/ethernet mp3 player (Linux) that connects to some server software you run on your Mac. It reads your iTunes XML Library file and can play music through built-in speakers or RCA plugs or optical out, etc. Has an LCD display and USB port.

    The only problem is, the company MacSense went out of business years ago (the device was based on a Java media-server middleware platform called "Gloo", which was supposed to become popular in embedded devices). Their server software is only available in PowerPC binaries, but since it's Java I think it's just some launcher/wrapper that is PowerPC, as the Java should be mostly platform-independent.

    So, it's impossible to run on 10.7 Lion in its current state:

    Mac-Pro:bin user1$ ./AudioLibrary
    Usage: ./AudioLibrary { console | start | stop | restart | dump }
    Mac-Pro:bin user1$ ./AudioLibrary restart
    Stopping GLOO Audio Library...
    GLOO Audio Library was not running.
    Starting GLOO Audio Library...
    Launch of "wrapper" failed: the PowerPC architecture is no longer supported.

    I've attached the folder with the software in it. The GUI app is awful. I believe you have to use it to select your iTunes XML file when starting the app for the first time, but after that don't even bother using it (edit pref/conf file manually and launch from command line using syntax in my above example).

    Is there any possibility of making this into an Intel-compatible program? I have an old PowerPC machine if anyone wants me to do testing.

    Help, and thanks! :D

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  2. macrumors 6502


    desperate bump. :)
  3. macrumors 604

    You would need the source code for the app, which is probably unobtainable.

    Alternative would be to run 10.6 in a VM under Lion.
  4. macrumors newbie

    The Java executables are in the Audio_Server/apps folder. ituneslibrary.jar does a scan of the iTunes library and then stays running in the background. Not sure if this is the server, though the firewall asks you to authorise it.

    Does this app get you anywhere?
  5. lannister80, Aug 23, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    Holy cow, if it's that easy I'll kick myself. Does it open/bind any sockets that you can tell? Now if I can figure out how to invoke from the command line instead of the GUI so I can script it easily.

    Time to go test it...
  6. macrumors newbie

    Didn't test that far as I've no need for this application. "open ituneslibrary.jar" works as long as you're in the right directory.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Wow, it works! Just launching that single jar file is all that's required to get it up and running.

    Hooray! Now I can use my ancient networked mp3 player with Mountain Lion!

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