In the previous article, we got mod_mp3 installed on OSX, and viewed the results in the browser. Now we'll take some time to explore one of the output formats that mod_mp3 offers and how to leverage it to create a more usable and informative front end for the user. The warnings from yesterday's article apply to today's guide...
Warning #1: If you plan on following this guide, you do so at your own risk, and with no help from me outside of this article (read: I offer ZERO support). There is no warranty, explicit or implied. You are on your own if you screw your machine up by imitating what I outline in this article. Part of this article involves enabling 'root' and using it to do things like compile software, move files around, and change the mode of arbitrary files. It's VERY easy to nuke your machine by issuing commands from the root account if you don't think before you type!
Warning #2: What we are trying to accomplish here is to use Mac OSX as an MP3 file server for a home network (which is it's intended use in my own home), however, I will only be covering the mod_mp3 and web application layer, not the network.
Warning #3: Using this guide as a method of violating copyrights is expressly condemned. I have a large CD collection at home, and it sucks to swap the CD's all the time, so I made something that can house a lot of music, and allow easy access from any machine that can access the server. This article is being provided as a learning exercise for me (ie, technical writing) and for you (Mac OSX users who want to do fool around with the goodies underneath Aqua).
Ok, now that the warnings are over, let's get hacking.