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iBog
October 2nd, 2008, 08:44 AM
One of the features I like most with the Apple TV is the ability to synchronize content from my iTunes library to my Apple TV. This integration is the single reason I no longer bother with many of the Apple TV plugins.

This request is actually in two parts.

1. For content (video, music photos) already synced to the Apple TV, I would like Boxee to be able to scan the local drives and import this existing content. Likewise, on my Mac, I would like Boxee to be able to show content that resides in iTunes. Mozilla's Songbird media management software can import from iTunes and export to iPods. I recall media is stored on the Apple TV in a structure similar to that on the iPod.

2. I understand Boxee can mount remote drives or I could copy files locally to it via whatever protocol I want. However, it would be kickass if there were an iTunes clone that would manage the media library on my Mac/PC and sync to the Apple TV in a way that Boxee can read and import. Something like Mozilla's Songbird, http://getsongbird.com/. "Songbird promises to be the firefox of media players". This could be done as a Songbird plugin. I'm going to investigate this.

avneron
October 2nd, 2008, 04:35 PM
there is work on an iTunes and iPhoto plug-ins, which will enable you to browse your iTunes library (playlists, etc.)

boxee today does not sync, but rather streams the media directly from the source. this could be a cool feature for future releases.

iBog
October 2nd, 2008, 05:24 PM
I do get the feeling that Boxee is designed primarily to load content from remote sources (network shares and RSS feeds).

Are you saying that you're working on supporting the digital media access protocol (DMAP) that iTunes and iPhoto use for sharing music, videos and photos on the network? Or, are you working on importing local iTunes and iPhoto data?

I consider sync support to be more related to a feature of the media management software you run on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and not necessarily a function of Boxee. However, Boxee could integrate with the service used to transfer files.

The Apple TV is not much of a storage device, especially when videos are involved. However, there are still times when I like to sync content to it. Since the patchstick includes SSH, I'll use that as the default protocol for copying files to the Apple TV.

Boxee includes the following default media sources so I'll assume this is the path files should be synced to:
Video - /Users/frontrow/Videos
Music - /Users/frontrow/Music
Photos - /Users/frontrow/Pictures

xain09
November 1st, 2008, 12:59 PM
Music to my ears :)

erikveland
November 9th, 2008, 06:31 AM
there is work on an iTunes and iPhoto plug-ins, which will enable you to browse your iTunes library (playlists, etc.)

boxee today does not sync, but rather streams the media directly from the source. this could be a cool feature for future releases.Will these plugins override the current Music and Photo features? As it stands now just simply reading the raw files from my music library is of little value to me.

I think Boxee should try and read Metadata from iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, Whatever DB it has access to FIRST, and then use the current filestructure parsing as a fallback. If this was possible it would be a very very Apple-like "It Just Works" solution.

I understand that it's Alpha now, but any media centre should strive to the push-button, no need to think simplicity that Apple is trying to do (and sometimes succeding) with everything.

Zenara25
November 14th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I just started testing today and so far I like it. But I don't love it yet.

There is 1 huge feature that would really be great for me. It's when playing podcasts (video and audio) that I've got in my itunes library, I'd like the itunes library to be synced/updated on where I've left off. Using itunes is of course how I sync my podcasts onto my ipod touch (which I use ipod touch 50% and itunes 50%). Yes I really do watch quite a few podcasts on my ipod touch :)

It's too convenient of a feature to give up.

So I'm really hoping Boxee does this. Right now, the only use I see myself personally using Boxee for is to watch hulu using my harmony remote.

Watching Netflix would be awesome as well.

monkeyleader
November 23rd, 2008, 11:38 PM
Any news yet on the ability to read the iTunes library - this would be a fantastic addition !

drmcfunk
December 13th, 2008, 05:19 AM
Good to hear that iTunes and iPhoto plug-ins are in the works. For those of us who have apple products that require file management through iTunes it would make Boxee a usable music player as well. I, for one, am not interested in having to manage my music in multiple places, which removes Boxee as an option for music player.

I don't happen to manage video through iTunes (beyond a few iPhone formated moves), so the music is of primary concern.

iPhoto's file structure doesn't allow for folder scanning, nor would I want to manage two photo libraries, so I'm stuck with front row as a photo browser as well.

I look forward to being able to use Boxee as a primary media browser for all media!

binaries4me
January 20th, 2009, 09:49 AM
I look forward to being able to use Boxee as a primary media browser for all media!

This the thing i use boxee now only fore video I still use frontrow fore Music,podcast,Photo's. If the plugins come out and it works fine then boxee is the thing that do it all, and i like that idee.

baratunde
January 25th, 2009, 09:53 PM
i pointed boxee to my itunes folder as a media source: big mistake.

it thinks TV shows are movies and doesn't know what a podcast is. my only option within boxee is to manually crawl the folder structure.

so basically i use boxee for web video + web music + bittorrent video
and i use frontrow for itunes music + audio podcasts + video podcasts + purchased apple tv/movie content.

it's not an ideal structure, but the most important fix would be a smart integration with itunes as mentioned above from oct/nov. meaning, access to playlists, podcasts, video podcasts etc.

monkeyangst
February 16th, 2009, 10:19 PM
I, too, am eager to see some iTunes integration. I've got random media scattered all over my machine, and iTunes is the one place where it all comes together.

For instance, I download TV shows which have names that Boxee might understand, like Show.S01E03.avi, etc... but then I transcode them and shove them into iTunes, in turn giving them a descriptive name such as the name of the episode. Boxee no longer recognizes that as a TV show, sadly. Had I kept the filename, it would have. But I've already done hundreds of these. Abandoning iTunes really isn't in the cards as the whole reason I've transcoded these avi files into m4v in the first place is to put them on the iPod.

Right now I use Boxee for the online content. I love the interface, though, and hopefully the day will come soon when I can use it for my stored content as well.

orksnork
February 17th, 2009, 03:15 PM
I, too, am eager to see some iTunes integration. I've got random media scattered all over my machine, and iTunes is the one place where it all comes together.

Great time to clean it all up!

kingkork
March 14th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Great time to clean it all up!

I'm going to throw my hat in the ring looking forward to the itunes sync as well. I'm pulling my music from my itunes folder on my mac but the thing that's really missing is the playlists. =(

mozza
March 16th, 2009, 04:51 AM
Id like to see this but also Id like to be able to play the DRM stuff in Boxee as well.... There must be a way to do it? at the minute when you try and play a video file purchased in itunes, it flicks through the video rather than just not running it so there must be something?

roontoon
March 20th, 2009, 11:22 AM
I too am in the ring for full iTunes support. I don't really see the reason for not supporting it if Plex and XBMC support it to some degree. If you (the developers) have issues with supporting iTunes then set it up as a plugin. I really REALLY don't care about the social aspect of Boxee and frankly would rather just shut it off and if this is the reason for not supporting iTunes the I vote to change this.

d :D

christofvds
June 26th, 2009, 12:15 PM
I think iTunes integration would be a killer feature for Boxee. Right now, Boxee is great when it comes to video. Adding iTunes integration would simply make it the single place to go for both audio and video files for me.:D

Andra
September 7th, 2009, 03:23 PM
I too am in the ring for full iTunes support. I don't really see the reason for not supporting it if Plex and XBMC support it to some degree. If you (the developers) have issues with supporting iTunes then set it up as a plugin. I really REALLY don't care about the social aspect of Boxee and frankly would rather just shut it off and if this is the reason for not supporting iTunes the I vote to change this.

d :D

Hear, hear!

And it would be cool if Music Videos were properly supported. In fact, you could do something Apple doesn't seem to want to give us: full-screen playback of music videos from a playlist. :D
iTunes nor Front Row seem to be able to do this, nor the Xbox 360. This while both Apple and Microsoft sell music videos. What do they expect: that we sit in front of our computer and watch a music video, and then click to start the next one, and then the next, and then the next? :confused:

Dewdman42
June 25th, 2010, 02:30 PM
Yea it would be nice if we could share our itunes playlists with boxee.

Also I like that when I buy a movie with itunes and appleTV, it downloads the whole thing so I can watch it later on a 1ghz AppleTV, meanwhile Netflix on Boxee simply won't work on the box I have, requires too much CPU power to stream it or silverlight or whatever it is....something requiring way more resources than it should have to.

Sharing my podcast subscriptions would be nice too.

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kristofferA
October 8th, 2010, 08:59 AM
What if you use Yazsoft Playback? That should give itunes integration or am i mistakken? :)