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VortexBox is a free, open source, quick-install CD that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.
Convert an old PC to a CD ripper / jukebox / NAS in 15 minutes.
Based on Fedora so it's easy to modify.
Automatically tags all files from online music database.
Automatically downloads the cover art.
Automatic sharing of file to SMB (Microsoft) file shares.
Automatic re-indexing Squeezebox Server after every CD is ripped.
AppleTalk - for OSX or Bonjour for Windows.
DAAP - Automatically shares all MP3s for streaming to iTunes and Roku Soundbridge.
NFS - For Linux boxes and almost anything else, Solaris etc.
DLNA - ushare pre-installed to support DLNA players, XBOX 360, etc.
Easy installation of mplayer for AlianBBC support.
Good support for Sonos.
Works well as a backend server for XBMC (XBOX Media Center) running on XBOX, Widnows, OSX, AppleTV, or Linux.