I'm looking for an audio streaming solution capable of providing content from a folder (recursively) with on-the-fly convertion to MP3 (or whatever) with a constant bitrate: from other MP3s and FLAC. It will be also nice if the solution provides simple stream management: next/prev track at least.

I've tried Ampache, but it does not convert anything.

Thanks in advance.


Would firefly fit your bill? According to the website:


There are a number of features that differentiate Firefly Media Server from those other servers, and here is a partial list:

* Support for running on unix/POSIX platforms
* Support for Windows (beta versions)
* Support for Mac OSX (coming soon!)
* Support for on-the-fly transcoding of OGG, FLAC, Apple Lossless, and WMA (beta versions)
* Web-based configuration
* Support for user-created smart playlists (beta versions)
* Integrates with iTunes library including reading playlists
* Supports serving streaming radio stations
* Did I mention fast?
* Under active development! 
  • In Ubuntu the package is called mt-daapd. Alas, currently it's only able to convert media files to WAV before streaming, but it's nice pick! Thanks :) – kolypto Oct 25 '09 at 19:06

I used to use Jinzora which handles transcoding and all kinds of audio formats and has similar operation to Ampache. It has been a while since I used it, and I never did transcoding but it might be worth checking out.

  • Jinzora is a PHP solution that can work with/without MySQL database. Simple installation (copy-paste + installer script), nice interface, can read tracks' tags. Provides contents by generating *.m3u playlist file with external URLs. Nice, thanks :) – kolypto Oct 26 '09 at 5:26

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