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Streaming FLAC to Xbox 360 with TVersity


In this section we will look very briefly at TVersity, which can be used to stream audio to an Xbox 360 console over a home (wired or wireless) network. Please note that we will not be going into any of TVersity's main settings at all, nor will we be covering troubleshooting issues as we always have a full TVersity guide available on AfterDawn that you can read. Here we will only show how to share a folder and access it on the Xbox 360 console, we won't show how to connect the Xbox 360 to a network, configure the TVersity settings for optimal performance or show how to share Internet multimedia. If you want to delve deeper into TVersity, then check out the link below.

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Add Folder to TVersity Library


Install TVersity and run the application. It should automatically run the server itself and be configured enough on its own to be detected by external hardware. Click the green + sign and click Add Folder. You can click the picture beside this text to show a full size, uncropped picture of TVersity so you know exactly where to click.

Adding content

Now click the Browse button that comes up and select a folder you want to share. The picture beside this text came out quite dull when it was resized, so if you want to, click it and it will enlarge.

Give the Folder a title and click the Submit button. After a few moments (or minutes if you have a lot of media in this folder), TVersity will have added the contents to its library.

Shared Media


Once media is shared it will be listed under the Sharing tab as seen in the picture beside this text. Now let's check the Xbox 360 to see if it detects the server running.

Streaming FLAC to Xbox 360 over home network


Power up your Xbox 360 console and get to the Dashboard (if a game loads, tap the Xbox logo in the center of your controller and press Y to exit to the Dashboard). Next, move to the Media blade/section on the Dashboard and select Music, then press A.

Most of the time you will now be asked to select the source you wish to play. If not, if the Xbox 360 picks one for you, then press X to go to the Select Source screen just so you remember this in future. You should now see TVersity detected across your network if you are connected properly and your Router or firewall aren't interfering somehow.

If it doesn't detect it then the best choice for you is to read our full TVersity guide. Otherwise, select TVersity and press A.

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Browsing through collection


The Xbox 360 will now scan the server and let you browse through folders etc. on it. On my server, there are several albums of music and I have selected one in the picture. I can now choose to play any of the songs that I'd like to hear or Play All for the entire album

Playback


While playing you can use the remote control or a game controller to change tracks and other options. You can hit Y for a full screen visualization effect if that is your thing, or you can go back to the dashboard by pressing B several times and load up an arcade game ot chat on Live, or whatever you want.

Finally


This article is part of a series on how to play specific media files on specific platforms. We hope your FLAC files now work with your Xbox 360 console. If you experience problems, then please visit our Discussion Forums for help.

Version History


v1.0 -- Part of Xbox 360 playback series -- by Dela (24/06/2008)

Written by: James "Dela" Delahunty
Last updated: 24 June 2008