VortexBox 1.0 Released

By Koushik Saha on 25.12.09

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Andrew Gillis from the VortexBox development team announced two days ago (December 21st) the final release of the VortexBox 1.0 media server operating system. VortexBox will turn your computer into an easy-to-use and out-of-the-box music jukebox and server. With it, you can rip Audio CDs to the FLAC and MP3 formats, add ID3 tags, grab album art and stream music files on your network. Among the new features brought by VortexBox 1.0, we can mention:

· FLAC to m4a (Apple Lossless) mirroring via the web interface;
· CDDB and MusicBrainz can be used for ID3 tags;
· Added tool-tips for each section in the graphical user interface;· Upgrade softwar via the web interface;
· Lots of bug fixes!

VortexBox is a Fedora-based Linux distribution that turns any computer into a music server or jukebox. It automatically rips Audio CDs to MP3 and FLAC files with ID3 tags and covert art, then it streams the music files to a network player such as Logitech Squeezebox, Linn or Sonos, and even to a Windows or Macintosh system. For installation, VortexBox requires an empty hard drive. It doesn't work on a hard disk partition.

Highlights of VortexBox 1.0:

· Based on Fedora Linux;
· Easy to use and modify;
· Turns an old PC into a fast CD ripper, Jukebox or NAS (network-attached storage);
· Automatic ID3 tagging;
· Automatic album art downloader;
· Automatic file sharing via SMB;
· Squeezebox Server automatic file re-indexing;
· Support for AppleTalk and Bonjour;
· DAAP support (allows sharing of MP3 files to be streamed on Roku Soundbridge and iTunes;
· NFS (Network File System) support) for Linux systems;
· DLNA support for PS3 or XBOX 360;
· Support for AlianBBC (by installing MPlayer);
· Sonos support;
· XBMC (XBOX Media Center) backend server support.Download

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