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WINAMP Remote BETA – a guide to the new P2P music streaming feature

WINAMP Remote BETA – a guide to the new P2P music streaming feature

On the road and wish you had your music? Does your friend’s music library suck? Well, Winamp just got a little bit cooler with the new Remote BETA feature that allows you to stream your PC’s music files via the internet browser of you choice.

Anybody who listens to music on their home PC will tell you that Winamp is one of the better media player programs around. From it’s relatively small memory footprint (4,000 K for myself at the moment), to it’s wide variety of plugins, visualizations, and enhancements, Winamp is a great program to have when it comes to playing music files on your home PC.

But, what if you aren’t at home and you still wish to access your home music library without having to setup any complicated FTP or remote access clients or programs? What if you’re using somebody else’s PC or laptop and all you have is a browser and internet connection? Well, Winamp Remote BETA let’s you listen to all of your music anywhere, anytime without having to worry about any of this. Just leave the plugin running when you leave home and then simply login using a browser and connection from wherever you like.

Its perfect for when you’re on vacation or wanting to grab some decent tunes at a friends house whose collection is filled with one too many country-western or death metal albums.

SO HOW DO I GET STARTED?
1. Install Winamp

First of all, if you haven’t already, download and install the Winamp media player (it’s pretty self-explanatory)

2. Install the Winamp Remote BETA plugin.

Next download and install the Winamp Remote BETA plugin, the steps of which I detail for you below.

Here is where you will create a USER ACCOUNT NAME and PASSWORD with which you will you be using to login to your PC remotely.

Be sure when selecting your username and password that they are SECURE as well as easy to remember so as to prevent against unwanted users from accessing your PC.

**PASSWORD SECURITY HINT: A trick I learned a while back that is pretty brilliant I think, is to combine 2 easy to remember words into a single, virtually undecipherable one. For example > CAT & DOG = C+D+A+O+T+G. You simply intertwine the 2 by offsetting their order. Pretty neat right? Who will ever think that CDAOTG is you password?**

When done then select the “Next” tab and submit the information you entered.

WHAT DO I DO BEFORE I LEAVE MY HOUSE?
CHECK PLUGIN STATUS

First of all, before you leave home, make sure the Winamp Remote BETA plugin is running. You should see the icon displayed in the system icon try at the bottom left-hand part of your screen. This is what acts as the remote server allowing you to access your PC.

HOW DO I CONNECT?
1. Go to http://www.orb.com/winamp/index.html
2. Log in

Lastly, type in your USERNAME and PASSWORD and select the “Sign In” tab.

HOW DO I LISTEN TO MY MUSIC?
Once logged in, the user interface is pretty straightforward.

The left-hand part of the screen will list the directory of your home music library. This will be the “My Music” folder on your PC (C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorMy DocumentsMy Music).

Scrolling through my “Comedy” music selection, I selected the new Andy Dick album “Do Your Shows Always Suck.” Double-click on the track you wish to play, as I have done as shown below.

This will automatically launch and load the track in the Winamp media player.

IS THAT IT? IS IT THAT EASY?

Pretty much. Winamp Remote BETA offers a few other options like streaming video and picture viewing but, they are both still too complicated and buggy to recommend for you here. When they become better supported I will let you know.

In the meantime enjoy Winamp Remote BETA. Now you can take your music library with you everywhere,

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Hath
Hath

Hmm looks interesting. Before I bother with it I will wait for the reviews to roll on in.

soulxtc
soulxtc

For remote streaming of tunes it's about as easy as it gets.

ianmccarthy
ianmccarthy

great review and step-by-step how-to soul!only thing i'm a bit puzzled by is your final remark about vid and photo: i work over at Orb the folks who provide the technology for winamp remote and our generic app at orb.com DOES of course have video photo TV you name it (all of which work great and aren't buggy). but winamp remote is solely about web access to your home audio. (the winamp folks and ourselves figured let's take the full goodness of Orb and make a really targeted easy-to-understand experience focused initially on audio only since that's what's at the heart of winamp and shoutcasting anyway.) where did you encounter vid or photo in winamp remote?and you've seen the announcement that winamp remote's now available from any mobile phone with a web browser streaming media player (3gp real windows or flash) and data plan right? http://mobile.aol.com/winampspiffy!thx again for the shout-out!

soulxtc
soulxtc

THX........... It has options for video and photo sharing but felt that wasnt really needed for remote usage. I mean how many people wish to stream video and photos from a remote location?Will have to check out the mobile web browser function.

theo
theo

i use winamp remote with my ps3 anyone know how to watch p2p though it ie: live football?

Scott
Scott

When I downloaded the remote. And then tried to set up my account. after I hit next on the account setup screen, It's telling me server can not be connected

gavin
gavin

if you keep your media outside of the defaults like I do then you need to do a touch more configuration. simply right click on the tray icon in the bottom right hand of the screen and then click 'Configuration' then you simply click in the media tab to add your audio and video folders.



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