Archive for the 'Music' Category

Introducing rb-itunes, a cross-platform iTunes API for Ruby

2007-04-10

puts ‘Hello World’, it’s very early days … but this little baby of mine now has a name, a home page + project stuff on rubyforge, some documentation and alpha 0.1.2 residing in svn.

The rb-itunes wrapper provides a cross-platform solution to use iTunes in Ruby. If you are a developer currently working on iTunes Ruby scripts with either rb-appscript, rbosa or WIN32OLE, then moving to rb-itunes will give you cross-platform compatibility.

There’s a lot of work to be done before a beta release. So for now, let me know how you like the idea.

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Toggle those iTunes remote speakers

2007-03-01

Remote Speakers
I like the AirTunes / remote speakers feature for its easy setup and the perfect sync. Also, it’s quite a bit cheaper then a Sonos system for a few rooms. However, I don’t like that Apple forgot to expose the remote speakers functionality in their iTunes API, at least not in the versions 4.6 up to the current 7.0.2. So the only way to switch on or off a particular room is by using a mouse. That’s not what people want who have a Mac mini next to their TV and like to operate it with the remote only.

Martin of CASE Apps just published version 2.0b2 of his excellent Sofa Control application. This version contains some contribution by me in the CoverFlow and iTunes scripts. You can now all toggle those iTunes remote speakers with the remote. Yippee.

Thanks Martin! And I have seen you included me in the script’s credits … I’m honoured.