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Monday, September 03, 2007

Happy with Orb Media Management?

I am. I just spent parts of my day trying to figure out the best way to steam media to my Playstation 3 (PS3) and Nintendo Wii devices in my home theater from my home computer. In many ways, it was somewhat futile.

Why was that? Well, it seemed – everything I tried did not work so great. Scratch that, everything I tried did not work period.

First I tried using an RSS modified XML feed from my computer using the “iTunes RSS Server” – which apparently works very well for the PSP. However, it did not work for with the Playstation 3 or the Nintendo Wii.

Next it was DOT.TUNES which seemed to be a pretty good user interface (UI) and stable program. However, it was neither compatible with the Sony Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii without paying a $10 plug-in fee for each the PS3 and the Wii. Bummer.

Then, I came across “Orb” which is an internet everything sharing program. If you want, you can share pictures, music, videos, media, and even documents. I choose to set it up without documents. And, if desired – you do not have to run directly from the Internet. There is even a feature to run locally over your network. Nice!

It also connects quickly through the WWW Browser on the Playstation 3, and the Internet Channel on the Nintendo Wii so that you can stream your music, and other multimedia up there. Try Orb out if you get the chance. The current version is 2.0.

- Quick & Easy to install
- Runs great on Vista 64-bit (x64)
- Works on Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3
- Do not have to set it up for access outside your home
- Audio quality is far from CD quality even over the local network using CD quality MP3 content.
- Odd “Play-all” behavior on the Wii Internet Channel using Opera
- Seems iTunes ACC format is not supported


oncleKouss said...

Which iTunes files have you tried?
Are you referring to DRM-protected.M4P files or iTunes Music Store-protected .AAC files?

Ken Hanscom said...

I was having issues with Apple iTunes specific ACC files. Although mine we ripped from my CD's rather than purchased from the iTunes online store. However, I did have great success with .MP3's!