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Airport Express + Linux (+ Ogg)

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 17:11:41 -0300 (CLST)

So I just managed to get some sound out of the Airport Express by:

- plugging it in and connecting it to the hifi
- installing the supplied software on Pauli's (Apple) laptop
- configuring the airoport to join our local network
- finding the dynamic IP assigned to the airport via same software
- downloading and compiling JustePort
- piping a raw stream to JustePort, using
  ogg123 -d raw -f - foo.ogg | mono JustePort.exe - 0

And now I have Devendra Banhart crooning away as I type... :o)

Note that I needed a Mac to configure the airport, even though the final
streaming is done from Suse Linux.

I also tried to compile raop-play, but couldn't get configure to work
(googling shows others with similar problems)


Not so Express

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 20:55:51 -0300 (CLST)

Hmmm.  The right channel disappears as the device warms up (as far as I
can tell).  Tried to return it to the local Apple shop today but (as is
stupidly normal here in Chile) the people who sell things aren't the ones
who take responsibility for fixing them.  Instead, it needs to go to a
service agent, and they don't open weekends, so hopefully Pauli can try


Further Details (SuSE, raop_play)

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 08:16:17 -0300 (CLST)

We got this back yesterday, but when I went to try it JustePort failed to
connect.  It turned out that Dns.GetHostByName(Dns.getHostName()) was

Replacing "Dns.getHostName" by "" fixed the problem (although not
in the way I expected - the whole block failed and local was assigned to
Host immediately after).  That made me realise that there was something
odd about my host name and, indeed, the bash prompt had been displaying an
odd host name (related to the DHCP name provided by my ISP) since my last
upgrade to SuSE.

Clicking around YAST I found that "Change Hostname via DHCP" was selected
in the Hostname and Name Server Configuration".  Deselecting that fixed
the problem with JustePort (ie the original code worked fine).

Meanwhile, I also managed to compile raop_play by (1) removing the test
for the id3 function from configure (just change the final "if" test to
"if [ 1 ]"); (2) playing around with CSSFLAGS and CFLAGS while running
make; (3) explicitly adding the library path for fltk into the Makefile. 
However, it then fails to work (the error is aex_nextplay:failed).  I'm
not sure if this is a related problem or not - it seems to find the
airport, but then it doesn't appear in the list of (what I assume should
be) available devices.

Anyway, JustePort works. :o)


Use Logitech Squeeze (Slim Devices)

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 09:54:59 -0300 (CLST)

This page still gets regular hits and sometimes I am contacted for source.

if you are looking to stream audio with Linux I would strongly recommend
that you give up on the Apple Airport and instead look at the Logitech /
Slimdevices - http://www.slimdevices.com/

I have more info on my "Boom" here -


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