Mark Burgess Information Technology Consultant / Custom Software Developer

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browserTunes - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions
  1. What does it do? Why would I use it?
  2. What platforms does browserTunes run on?
  3. Will there be a Windows version of the server?
  4. What browsers are supported?
  5. Is it skinnable?
  6. Can it play iTunes Radio stations?
  7. Does browerTunes stream my music?
  8. What is the browserTunes.sdb file?
  9. Why did you quit developing and supporting browserTunes?
Answers

What does it do? Why would I use it?

browserTunes allows you to control one computer running iTunes from any other computer on your network with just a web browser. browserTunes is a web server that responds to commands from your browser and controls iTunes, as well as providing you with lots of good information.

You might use browserTunes if your iTunes Music Library is on your Mac, but you have to work at a PC. Using the web browser on the PC, you can interact with iTunes on the Mac. You might use browserTunes if your iTunes Music Library is on your Mac and you are using an Airport Express connected to your living room stereo. Problem is, the Mac's in the basement office. Using the browser on a wireless networked laptop or PDA, even a cell phone, you can control the iTunes library on the basement Mac.

What platforms/operating systems does browserTunes run on?

The browserTunes server only runs on Mac OS X. The client on the other hand (the computer using the web browser) can be any platform or operating system.

WIll there be a Windows version of the server?

A Windows version is curtrently under consideration. Now that Apple has released the SDK, it shouldn't be too hard, but will certainly be time-consuming.

What browsers are supported?

On Mac OS X, the following browsers have been tested and are supported:

  • Firefox 0.9
  • IE 5.2
  • Netscape 7.1
  • Mozilla 1.7
  • Safari 1.2.3

On Windows XP, the following browsers have been tested and are supported:

  • Firefox 0.9
  • IE 6.0
  • Netscape 7.1

No other operating systems or browsers are officially supported, but we will try to help out regardless!

Is it skinnable?

Not currently, but the use of user-created skins for different web GUI's is under consideration for a future version.

Can it play iTunes Radio stations?

You can control Radio Stations in iTunes, but you have to add the Radio Stations to a regular or smart playlist before you can access them.

Does browerTunes stream my music?

No, browserTunes does not stream music from your iTunes library. There are several other ways to do that.

What is the browserTunes.sdb file?

The browserTunes.sdb file is an SQLite database used by the program for SQL database searches. You can delete it if you like, but you will have to reload your database. SQLite is an open database format, you can find some interested utilities for working with them. Just Google it.

Why did you quit developing and supporting browserTunes?

The response to browserTunes was overwhelmingly positive. We've addressed most of the major bugs and added significant functionality. But we just don't have the resources to continue the development and support. Fortunately there are now alternatives such as netTunes and PatioTunes.