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Downloads - Firefly
Roku is pleased to announce the availability of the new Firefly Media Server. This Open Source server by Ron Pedde works seamlessly with SoundBridge & SoundBridge radio and provides many advantages over other media servers. The Firefly Media Server supports the new Roku Server Protocol (RSP) and offers a richer experience than currently available with standard servers:
The SoundBridge line will continue to offer customers a choice by aggressively supporting existing server protocols such as UPnP AV, Rhapsody, etc.
PLEASE READ THESE RELEASE NOTES:
This software release is "Version 1.0 ".
If you use a firewall under Windows, you will need to make a firewall exception for the program "firefly.exe". If you use the Windows XP SP2 built-in firewall, the Firefly setup program will attempt to make the exception automatically. For other firewalls, consult your documentation. For more information on exceptions with the Windows XP SP2 firewall, click here.
If you use a firewall on the Mac, you will need to set Firefly to use a manually-assigned port (see the User's Guide), then open that port in your firewall. In addition, configure the Mac's firewall to allow iTunes sharing (this opens the correct ports for Bonjour server discovery).
While Firefly will work with all Roku SoundBridge software, we recommend that you run 2.5.173 or later. To check your software version and to upgrade, use your SoundBridge remote to go to Change Library or Configuration->System Configuration->Software Version and Updates. Follow the on screen instructions to check for newer software and to upgrade. If you are running a version prior to 2.5 (eg 2.4.4 or 2.3.44), you may need to sign up for the latest 2.5 software. See here for more information and to sign up. To discuss the 2.5 software or the Firefly server, visit the Roku Forums.
Issue (For iTunes/Firefly users only)
In certain situations, users will see garbled text on SoundBridge on-screen display, when they try to play song files with Asian language text (eg: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese. Japanese etc )
This issue happens when ID3 tags (see below for description) are entered by certain applications that do not support Unicode (eg: Windows Explorer). In such situation, Firefly will display garbled text.
An ID3 tag is a data container within an MP3 audio file stored in a prescribed format. This data commonly contains the Artist name, Song title, Year and Genre of the current audio file. While there are legacy and future standards for ID3 tags, the most popular version implemented today is ID3 version 2.3.
Solution (For iTunes/Firefly users)
Installation Instructions (Windows)
Installation Instructions (Mac OS)
Download the Firefly Media Server (Version 1.0) for Windows (4.4 MB)
Post-Installation [Mac OS]
Recognizing Changes Made to Your Music Library
The Firefly Media Server will periodically re-scan your shared music library in order to detect any changes you have made (such as adding tracks or playlists). This happens every 5-10 minutes, depending upon the platform and server version, and by default only happens if a client is connected. The default setting for the re-scan interval should work well for users who make occasional changes to their music libraries. Just be aware that fresh changes to the library may take a few minutes to appear on clients connected to the server, and that changes made when no clients are connected may not appear until a few minutes after a client connects. If you want to adjust the interval, you may do so from Firefly's advanced configuration web page. Or, you may want to stop and then re-start the server if you have made changes that you want to see as soon as possible.