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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sony PS3: Stream iTunes and MP3s, plus other media!

Connecting the multiple devices in your home to deliver a seamless experience can be very difficult at times. In my case the desire was to stream all of my music meticulously organized in iTunes to my home theater system so that I could stream all of that wonderful music through the best sound system in the house. If only everything was quite that easy.

The most logical point for an integration in my home was through my Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) with a 60GB hard drive and a WiFi connection. However, the path to accomplish it was not as easy as it might seem. You might think iTunes would connect direcly to your Sony PS3, or perhaps you could easily stream DLNA media servers to your PS3. However, those seem to be a little bit problematic, working but have some serious inconveniences.

So, in an effort to easily and reliably stream music to my Sony Playstation 3 (PS3), I went through a number of iterations, including even trying RSS feeds to to work. However, after significant effort -- I found a way to do it seamlessly and reliably!

To do this, you will be using Orb media management to facilitate the streaming and playback from your PC device to you Playstation 3 (PS3)

Here is the how to guide, if this works for you, please let me know with a comment!

1. Go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and download the Orb 2.0 program.

2. Double-click the executable installation program to start the installation. Click on Next to continue.

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3. Click on I Agree to accept the terms of the license.

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4. Choose the Installation location for your installation. Take note that this is a 32-bit (x86) application, although it works fine on both Windows XP and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64) operating systems. Click on Install to continue.

Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 3 5. The files are not installed and registered on your machine so that the Orb 2.0 program will run.
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6. Once the installation is complete, click on Finish to complete the Orb 2.0 setup wizard and start the program.

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7. If you have already created an Orb account, log on. Otherwise, sign-up and you are just a couple of minutes from streaming MP3 and other media to your Playstation 3! (PS3)
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 6 8. After logging in, select the types of files that you want to be able to stream to your Playstation 3. In addition to Audio such as MP3 and iTunes, you can also stream pictures, video, TV, and even documents to your PS3!
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 7 9. Complete the setup wizard by clicking finish and then locate the Orb 2.0 icon in your task bar and right-click, selecting configuration.
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 8 10. Under media, choose the various music, video, and picture folders that you would like to stream or share on your Sony Playstation 3. (PS3)
Stream iTunes MP3s Pictures Video TV to your Sony Playstation 3 PS3 9 11. Finally, make sure you have the below settings. These setting will enable your Orb 2.0 program to directly stream the media to your Playstation 3 over the LOCAL LAN network rather than being streamed out over the Internet and then back to your Playstation 3.

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12. Now turn on your Playstation 3 and go to the main menu.

13. Now, go to the WWW (Internet) Browser on your Playstation 3 and go to http://mycast.orb.com/ and log into your account.

14. Select the music or playlists that you want to play on your Playstation 3 and start.

15. The Sony Playstation 3 WWW browser will ask you if you want to activate the control. Now, your music will start steaming -- just as you were looking for!

The side benefit is that now you can access your music or photos from anywhere over the Internet, provided you have your local home network setup properly!

1 comments:

Jay said...

Itunes in M4P don't show up in the PS3 Browser... is there a way to access them?