software for this system was written in Perl. Perl was chosen because
it is incredibly flexible and easy to use. It is also awesome for manipulating
text, so it simplifies design of the interface.
Linux is used as an operating system. There are several mp3 player projects
that have been done using MS Windows. Linux is much more appropriate for
the job because it is much more stable and configurable. The Linux configuration
I am using boots incredibly quickly by bypassing all non-essential tasks.
It also mounts all the file systems in read-only mode. This prevents any
hard drive damage that can be caused by powering down the drives before
without shutting down the system.
proved to be quite complicated to install and configure Linux properly.
If anyone else were interested in doing a project like this with limited
Linux knowledge, I'd recommend getting a copy of "Running Linux"
from O'Reilly publishing. "Programming Perl" is also essential
if you plan on doing any Perl coding, and "Learning Perl" is
the best introduction to Perl available. Another useful resource is the
mp3 decoding is done using xaudio (www.xaudio.com).
This is a third party program that provides excellent support for mp3
playback. There is a CPAN module written to interface the xaudio SDK with
Perl (MPEG::MP3Play). More information on this module is found here.
This project is an ongoing one, and I will be constantly adding features
to the software and improving it. The source code for the most current
version is here.