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.


Making the Most of Technology.

21 April 2008

After finally connecting my Wii to the internet thanks to my neighbors’ many open connections, I installed the Opera browser in hopes of watching television online. I know it sounds absurd paying five bucks and going through the complications of watching television online through the Wii which is already connected to my television set, but quite frankly Lost and Battle Star on on far too late. Besides I don’t mind the limited commercial interruptions and the streaming video quality seems better than broadcast; especially on the Sci-Fi channel, whose intrusive lower third advertisement interruptions force me to stop watching after ten minutes.



flickr: wheany

Only being able to buy Wii points in ten dollar increments I downloaded Super Mario Brother’s 3. There’s something quaint about playing an eighteen year old 8-bit game on a four hundred dollar system. What struck me as being odd though was my ability to pinpoint every hidden coin box, 1-up, and unseen enemy before they appeared on screen. I would naturally react in the platform world then ask myself, “how did I know that was there?” I already know the answer to this question. It is because imbedded deep in the psyche of my being there are hundreds of hours devoted to this game at a very impressionable age. Some how through nearly two decades of abuse and neglect my mind latches onto the insignificant world of plumbers, pipes, and man eating flowers. It made me wonder what else is locked away in there, especially with the effects of advertising. I remember hearing somewhere once that patients with Alzheimer’s will remember “pop pop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is” long after they’ve forgotten their children’s names.

Playing Super Mario Brothers 3, I also took the mandatory trip down memory lane that led to the eventual “Once in a Lifetime” moment of clarity. The kind of moment that made me remember seeing an old NES at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria nearly five years ago. The graphics on Mario 3 were astonishing to my grade school mind. I laughed at how dated the iPod tough interface will seem in nearly twenty years. Then I wondered how my son who is six years old would handle playing such a primitive game. He quickly mastered the 3-D world video games that I get lost and dizzy in. he doesn’t know anything else. It turns out that the 2D running platform game was more difficult for him and he couldn’t get past the third Goomba.

Further Reading:
Caught Up in a Consumer Frenzy
Still in Search of the Perfect Wii Mac Interface


Still in search of the perfect Wii/Mac interface.

2 December 2007

A week into it and I have yet to connect my Wii to the internet. But I did come across a way to control my Mac with a Wii Remote at Mac Apper. So far it seems the best use for this would be the ability to use a Wii remote for simple java script games or better yet using the wii remote to pilot the flight simulator in Google Earth.

flickr: lonebluelady

After digging out my wireless router (which can apparently be turned into a $600 router here.) from the garage I tried in vain to establish a working connection. Since I made the complete switch to mac a year ago its been frustrating establishing and continuously troubleshooting their connection, I should probably just get an Airport Extreme, despite using the word extreme in its name I still ogle over the 802.11n capabilities.

I’ve had my Nintendo Wii less than a week.  While it hasn’t occupied a large portion of my mind or time, like an explorer searching for the northwest passage I seek the perfect hack to get my Mac and Wii talking.  For no other reason than because I suppose.  Read about how I came across the Wii, or more likely how it came across me.