I realize this should have happened earlier, but this has been sort of a moving target too.
What are my goals for this project?
- I wanted a place to store my entire CD collection in lossless compression. I only wanted to rip my CDs once from now on. Any other format I want them in can be made from the lossless rips. Hard drive prices are now where they need to be to make this plausible.
- I wanted a server that would be low power consumption but powerful enough to run stuff. Sure, it’d be nice if the Kuro Box had a faster CPU, but it’s fast enough for what it’s doing.
- I wanted a device for the stereo that would act like another component and interface with my system. Squeezebox2 is exactly that.
- Here’s where it gets interesting: I wanted to have CD ripping be as automated as possible. The objective is I put a CD in a CD drive, the files are ripped, tagged, encoded, and put where they’re going to stay, the CD is ejected, and appropriate alerts are sent so I (or anyone who wishes to help) can put in the next one. I don’t want to move stuff, rename stuff, tweak stuff. I just want it to work.
- Now that I’ve got a text/graphic display in my family room, I’d like it to do neat things like Caller ID, or other notifications. The SlimServer comes with an RSS News ticker, for instance.
Like I said, my goals keep evolving and changing. Perhaps you can even suggest a few. . . .