Help, iTunes guru needed!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tedwin, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. tedwin macrumors newbie

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    I would appreciate it if someone could offer me some help, this may seem a bit long winded...

    Current set up: Mac Mini in office sharing iTunes library with other computers on wireless network. Powerbook in lounge connected to Hi Fi, plays music from Mac Mini iTunes via network. Huge speakers in lounge + smaller speakers run from Hi Fi in lounge to office. All good, except...
    I would like to keep my current set up, but would also like to control what is being played through the Hi Fi into the speakers in my office while seated at my Mac Mini, in the office. Is it possible? I really don't want to have to run a long wire from the headphone socket in the Mini all the way to the lounge, considering that I'm already seated at the computer supplying the music I'm currently listening to. The sound quality from the Hi Fi and speakers is worth the effort.

    Any ideas? I can't afford any more hardware right now....

    Thanks in advance.

    Ted.
     
  2. mduser63 macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    There are a few ways to do it. You could just VNC into the PowerBook and control it that way. You could use CoverBuddy (shareware) which includes a web interface feature. The disadvantage is that CoverBuddy uses it's own interface, and while it looks nice, it's not nearly as functional as iTunes'. Finally you could use AppleScript. There are some scripts on this page, or if you're feeling adventurous you could write your own.

    Note: I've never tried any of these methods except CoverBuddy with a PSP. I found that it worked, but the PSP's browser is slow enough that it was hard to use. I'm assuming it would work better from Mac-to-Mac.
     
  3. tedwin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying. I don't know what VNC is, but I can hazard a guess. I assume its a bit like ssh using a command line interface? Anyway, your response has gelled enough for me to realise that what I should be asking is "how do I control another computer on my network" and I will post such a question in a suitable forum.
    I'm no techie, and will need icons, pictures and mouse type window. Hope I can sort it.

    Thanks again.

    Ted.
     
  4. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

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    VNC allows you to see and use the screen of a different computer on your network.

    Turn on 'Apple Remote Desktop' in the sharing pane of the PB's prefs and install 'Chicken of the VNC' on the mini.

    Cheers
     
  5. wPod macrumors 68000

    wPod

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    why not airport express? just hook that up to your stereo and you can stream music from your mac mini, or if you are in the same room, you could stream from your powerbook wirelessly as well! it sounds like right now youre trying to use your powerbook as an airport express.
     

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