Freecom just brought a brand new product to the Dutch market called the "Musicpal". On the box it says it's supported for Windows and Mac, although its software is based on Linux Kernel. Stubborn and Windows/Mac hater as I am, I decided to buy this nice product convinced of managing to make it work somehow in Ubuntu (Linux geek as I am!). Two days later I managed to make it work! Still not perfect, but enough not to bring my Musicpal back to the store. Therefor I thought it would be nice to write the beginning of a good tutorial.
To run the Freecom Musicpal, you need the delivered software which is, how awkwardly, not linux approved. But what is in this software? Nothing more than a fancy mediaserver. This mediaserver, serves musicfiles from your computer to the Musicpal in the network.
Musicpal's mediaserver works with UPnP, a kind of networkprotocol for datatraffic mostly audio and videofiles. XBOX-Mediacenter and Mythtv are just two examples of programmes with build-in mediaservers based upon the UPnP protocol. The software delivered with the Musicpal is a UPnP-based mediaserver program.
UPnP mediaserver for linux
Are there any UPnP mediaservers for linux? Yes there are:
- TwonkyMedia (non-free)
First I tried GMediaserver which is in the ubuntu feisty repositories. But I couldn't work it out to work with Musicpal, therefore the rest of this tutorial will be based upon the next program I tried: MediaTomb.
This program is free and quite simple to use. Although it is not GUI based, still it is easy, even for a noob like me! Just follow the next steps and you'll have your own mediaserver:
- Go to the webpage of MediaTomb by clicking on this link
- Here you can find plenty of information on this program. But we're going to install it so...
- Go back to your computer and open a terminal window
- Copy paste this line
wget http://apt.mediatomb.cc/key.asc -O- -q | sudo apt-key add -
- Press enter, something like OK must appear
- Close the terminal window and open synaptic
- Open packetsources in the main menu
- Open the third party sources tab
- Press Add
- Copy paste this line: deb http://apt.mediatomb.cc/ feisty main and press add source, then close the packet sources menu
- Press the button that says reload sources (or something like that)
- Now search for Mediatomb and install it
Mediatomb start up
This is the part where i'm new as well, and in the future we could improve ourselves. This is how I managed to make things work:
- Open a terminal window
- Type mediatomb (mediatomb will set itself up)
mediatomb -- add /home/username/music(type in the path where your music is stored, this is only my example)
- Now mediatomb will easily add all your musicfiles to the network
Connect with Musicpal to Mediatomb
Go to you're beloved Musicpal and gently press the buttons to reach the menu that says: "Media Server". If you click on it, you'll find Mediatomb in the next menu, and if you'll click on that, you'll find all your mediafiles that you want your sweet Musicpal to be playing.
Hope you beginners can use this tutorial, and hope that the more advanced linux users can add there knowledge to this start up!