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    Anonymous

    Hi,

    I’ve now successfully got firefly running on my WD MyBook World Edition and streaming music all over the house. I have a fairly fundamental question:

    What does firefly do?

    Does it stream a WAV stream all the time? Or only if a file is not supported by the client? What about a mp3 file on the server streaming to a client that supports mp3. Does is effectively allow the client to download the mp3? or send it as a mp3 stream (?) or a wav stream?

    I’m thinking about the network demands, and whether it’s better to stream mp3 verions of tracks, rather than the apple lossless ones.

    Thanks!

    /s

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    mas
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    It will stream mp3 as mp3s, unless you have set it to transcode mp3s in the options. See the options file mt-daapd.conf.

    And based on network performance it is preferable to stream mp3s over apple lossless. SImply a lot less bandwidth needed. Whether streaming apple lossless works will depend on what bandwidth you effectively have between the server and the client and who/which applications use bandwidth also.

    Typically mp3s can be easily streamed. Apple lossless and wavs only when bandwidth is good.

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    Anonymous

    Hi mas,

    Thanks for your answer. I’d been noticing that the stream was dropping out when I was playing apple lossless files. So I’ll point firefly at the mp3 versions, and keep the apple lossless files for my main stereo.

    /s


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