Server Options

Windows or Mac PC

You can use a 'retired' desktop or laptop to create a Squeezebox / LMS server on Windows or Mac. You can use an on-board hard drive if you have enough space, or put your music files on a USB drive. Setup time is just a few minutes. 

Download the appropriate server version here:

For Windows or Mac just install the application in the usual way. On Windows, it runs as a regular applications. On Mac you'll find the dashboard inside System Preferences, where you can change the settings. 

Installing the Linux version varies according to your distro. Some now come with LMS or Squeezebox available in an online reposiitory, so loading it from there is automatic and easy. 

Whichever OS you choose, you'll need to define the location of your music files, and features like autostart, within the application preferences. 

More info about LMS on Linux

More info about LMS on Windows

More info about LMS on Mac

Linux: Vortexbox

An easy way to create a Linux based LMS / Squeeze server is to use Vortexbox. Instructions are here.

Raspberry Pi

There are various ways to load Squeezebox server / LMS on a Pi. You can load a Linux distribution and then instal Squeezebox server, as mentioned above. Perhaps it's possible to load Vortexbox on a PI, but we haven't tried.

Easiest for sure is to use PiCorePlayer with the server function enabled. Our article on PiCorePlayer is here where we describe how to install it as a Player. Once your PiCorePlayer is installed and up and running, use your browser to navigate to your PcP's main page, choose the LMS tab, then click Install.

Your Pi library will need to be on an external USB hard drive. You may find that the Pi runs out of steam if your library grows very large. Streaming usually works OK, mostly, but building or rebuilding the library might cause streaming errors. Still, using a Pi + PiCorePlayer is an effective, inexpensive and relatively easy solution. 















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