Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] Rendezvous Streaming?

I also got really interested in this and brought it up with Colin in
#rhythmbox about a month ago. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be
to get the stuff going, but I'll give you a brief summary of what I

iTunes uses DAAP over Rendezvous to do its music streaming stuff. Check
out and check out the sites linked off it.

DAAP was supposedly going to be made open by Apple, but I think they got
spooked by the RIAA and decided not to release the spec. Additionally,
after iTunes 4.1 (Or somewhere around there) the spec was changed around
a bit and most of the open-sourced implementations were broken (in the
same way that iTunes 4.0.x was broken with respect to iTunes 4.1).
Examples include JTunes, iLeech, and iSlurp. I've spoken with Chris
Boot, head of libdaap (, about re-compliance and he said he
would be interested in starting stuff up again.

Rendezvous wouldn't be hard to put into RB at all with the right amount
of effort. It's open and there are working Rendezvous implementations
for linux for you to look at.

Best of luck. This would definitely be a -very- kickass feature for RB.
Get the protocol working and I'll gladly help out with this concept.


On Sun, 2003-12-07 at 15:12, Hess Mike wrote: 
> Is there any work being done to make Rhythmbox
> compatible with iTunes library streaming?  If there is
> not, I'd be willing to contribute to it, but I don't
> know a whole lot about network programming (yet ;-)).  
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