Sony PSP RSS Client streams music from a home server
In an earlier blog
(Sony Playstation Portable 2.6 firmware adds WMA and WiFi Podcast streaming support),
I noted that the RSS client Sony added to the Playstation Portable only worked with podcast feeds and streamed the audio file instead of downloading it for later listening.
This, to me, seemed like a bad idea at first.
But, I decided to take advantage of this feature instead of poo-pooing it.
The Memory Stick Pro Duo has relatively limited storage capacity compared to an iPod or most other MP3 players.
Mine stores game data, photos, videos, and a couple of music files.
The little 512MB Pro Duo in my PSP gets used up pretty quickly by those files.
So, I wrote a little PHP script for my home server that looks at a directory with MP3 audio files.
It creates valid RSS 2.0 XML with the enclosure tag pointing at the audio file on my home server.
The Sony PSP’s browser recognizes this XML file as a podcast feed and lets me add it to its RSS feed list.
Switching over from the browser to the RSS client lets me stream music from my home server to anywhere in my home with WiFi signal to the Sony PSP.
This lets me use the much larger storage capacity of my home server (a little Celeron box running CentOS Linux with Apache httpd and PHP) to store music for use on my Sony PSP.
Have some other amusing hacks for the Sony PSP?