Stream music with the Wii.

4 May 2008

I was looking back over a tutorial on how to play iTunes on the Wii. Based on a lot of negative feedback in the comments it occurred to me that I might be able to stream music via the Wii Opera browser from last.fm. With a quick try I found that you can. It’s an easy way to stream music over the internet though when your using your neighbor’s open wifi connection like I am the speed tends to be a little slow.


flickr: pa gillet

Haven’t heard of last.fm ?

I signed up for last.fm a while back and never really got into it. It basically tracks the music you listen to through what it calls scrobbling. You can follow your listening habits on a profile page. It never seemed like anything more than an egotistical web 2.0 application designed for those of us who compulsively put everything about ourselves on the internet for the sure pleasure of doing it. Once I started working behind a cubicle all day however I started to love last.fm for it’s simplicity. I had set up a dynamic DNS in order to stream my music from home at work. This proved to be a little overkill for what I needed it for and I started actively adding my music to my playlist at last.fm where I could listen to anywhere.

Still need instructions?

If you really want to listen to music on your Wii I imagine the best way would be to put the files directly on an SD card. But since you insist on doing things for the sake of their actions here goes.

1. Go to last fm and install the plug in.
2. Listen to your music and add things to your playlist as the songs play.
3. Point your Wii browser to last.fm
4. Log in.
5. Play your playlist.
6. Enjoy knowing that you have once again overcomplicated things. Way to think pragmatically.


Random Ten

11 January 2008

Inspired by Casting Out Nines I’ve decided to do a Friday’s random 10 of my own, though I doubt I will remember to ever do it again.

1. Along Came Betty (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)

2. Fitted Shirt (Spoon)

3. Move to Bremerton [Critter Version] (MxPx)

4. New Love (Eric’s Trip)

5. Symphony Mediocre (31Knots)

6. Southern Accents (Johnny Cash)

7. The Boy (Smashing Pumpkins)

8. The Rest of My Life (Sloan)

9. A Place for Parks (Mogwai)

10. Someday (The Strokes)

Wow was there anything in there that didn’t remind me of the turn of the century?  Art Blakey perhaps?


DIY Amp

13 December 2007

Amp6 T-Amp: DIY Class-T Kit

I am far from an audiophile, but I do prefer to listen to my music on 180 gram vinyl. Sadly though my record collection is sitting off the floor in the garage.

flickr: Matt-Adams

Six or seven years ago I got a cheesy American DJ turntable for an unbeatable price of around thirty bucks. After eleven moves since first bought, no wonder its in the garage. The above mentioned amp does seem like a good excuse to use the soldering kit I bought a year ago and have still yet to use and bring my records inside. Now that Amazon has added the capability to buy music on vinyl there’s no better time. While I’m not going to be dropping three hundred bucks on a Technics, or even a stylus anytime soon I may end up getting a USB turntable.


And for no other reason than nostalgia.

2 December 2007

Besides, not everything needs to be Digged.

I took a look at my most played in iTunes.   I don’t think I have the sync between the ipod set up right, so I’m sure the count isn’t worthy of any-sort of obsessive compulsive, but since I don’t sit in a cube with uncomfortable ear-buds for ten hours a day, I suppose this will have to do.

My top ten most played:

1. A call to Apathy [tentative title] by The Shins

2. One By One All Day by The Shins

3. Saint Simon by The Shins

4. A Movie Script Ending by Death Cab for Cutie

5. Know Your Onion! by The Shins

6. I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

7. Red Right Ankle by The Decemberists

8. title track by Death Cab for Cutie

9. New Slang by The Shins

10. Get Me Away from Here; I’m Dieing by Belle and Sebastian.

Yes I am aware that there is only four bands in my top ten.  My top twenty-five doesn’t get any more diverse, save for an additional two bands, but since one of those shares Ben Gibbard I imagine it doesn’t count.  I did however omit a link to a local radio station that I left out.