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ITchy
25-02-2008, 09:58 AM
A friend has small shop. In the back room he has an XP Pro computer. He wants to pipe music into his shop. What's the best way to do this?

It seems to me that there are many alternatives here, both in software and hardware. Obviously, he could also use a straight, non-computer player, but he seems to prefer a pc-based system, possibly because of the ability to easily construct a library.

Advice would be welcome :-)

wratterus
25-02-2008, 10:26 AM
I"d simply get a stereo system with at least 4 speakers, connect the PC audio output up to it, and you're off rocking. That way you also have the option of playing a CD/Mp3 or the radio.

You can use any software you want, WMP, Winamp, Foobar..the list goes on.

wratterus
25-02-2008, 10:49 AM
Or get a nice set of Logitech or Altec Lansing speakers with a sub, although that would probably be a bit more difficult to set up to sound decent.

jberries
25-02-2008, 11:00 AM
You should be able to connect your PC to the input on the stereo using the lime green 3.5 mm output jack (I think thatís the right one). You can also use a program like Winamp (or Windows media player) to play CDs/MP3s. Lately (at home) I have been using a lot of Net radio and streaming music from the internet with sites like www.shoutcast.com The quality is pretty good, 128 bitrate, and you can listen to Jazz, Top 40, 80s tunes etc. then you don't have to worry about play lists. Can be a little bandwidth hungry though.

wratterus
25-02-2008, 11:07 AM
Yeah thats right jberries, one of these (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables/Audio/auction-142386046.htm) is the cable he'd need, and extensions (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables/Audio/auction-142071127.htm) are cheap if needed.

bachelorno1
25-02-2008, 11:20 AM
I saw this (http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3526/features/10107/for_your_ears_only.html)article in the Listener last year where a wholesaler got invoiced by Phonographic performances NZ Ltd for playing background music in their warehouse without a license.

wratterus
25-02-2008, 11:47 AM
I saw this (http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3526/features/10107/for_your_ears_only.html)article in the Listener last year where a wholesaler got invoiced by Phonographic performances NZ Ltd for playing background music in their warehouse without a license.

:confused: :annoyed:

That's lame.

feersumendjinn
25-02-2008, 12:35 PM
:confused: :annoyed:

That's lame.

But is a risk; was going to mention that myself, beaten to the wire :D

wratterus
25-02-2008, 12:44 PM
But is a risk; was going to mention that myself, beaten to the wire :D

A very good point to make though. Maybe it's safer just to stick with the radio...certainly something I wasn't aware of.

Neil McC
25-02-2008, 12:51 PM
A very good point to make though. Maybe it's safer just to stick with the radio...certainly something I wasn't aware of.

Happens with the radio too.A friend has a bookstore in town and told me a while ago that he's had someone in wanting him to register and pay for the radio music as other people could hear it.:waughh:

wratterus
25-02-2008, 12:54 PM
Happens with the radio too.A friend has a bookstore in town and told me a while ago that he's had someone in wanting him to register and pay for the radio music as other people could hear it.:waughh:

That's surely not right. Public radio, it's free to air, and paid for by advertising (normally). The people in question could go out to their cars and listen to it, what's the difference? I can understand the CD thing, although it's harsh, but radio? Almost every shop you go into has a radio playing.

Morgenmuffel
25-02-2008, 01:00 PM
Depending on the type of music they want to play, there is actually quite a bit of good free music out there, I've been getting most of mine from Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/en/), but there are other good sites out there

From Jamendo I would recommend these

Rob Costlow (http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/rob.costlow) - both Albums Modern Piano stuff
Alison Crowe (http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/allison.crowe) - Blues soulsy chick singing
Juanitos (http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/juanitos) - samba, blues funk, -- with songs like Funcula
Kiff'on (http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/kiff.on) - French disco funk -- Kung foo funky is my favourite song



Also this blog (http://freealbums.blogsome.com/) is a great source of free music, check the archives


Others i have in my frequently played list are
Ben othman
Okerville river
Bes imaginary band
Incognito traveller
Triplexity

most of the above are from Jamendo, but Okerville River you need to visit their site to get the album

beeswax34
25-02-2008, 01:20 PM
You can also get free songs from Download.com's Music site. Not sure if those songs are free to air though...

noone
26-02-2008, 09:09 PM
I'm sure the millions of small shops that i go to with music playing have not got a lisence...