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Party Music Player license

Copyright (C) 2011-2020 Kevin André

Party Music Player, abbreviated as PMP, is a multi-user client-server music system. The server is responsible for playing music, and a separate program, a 'remote', is used to connect to the server and instruct it what to do. PMP has an advanced file tracking mechanism; it can deal with moved/renamed and duplicate files without any problems.

PMP is designed to be portable software and should be compatible with most popular operating systems in use today. Only Windows has been tested recently. Linux has been tested in the past. Others like Mac OS X, BSD... have never been tested but should work as well.

This is alpha quality software. Existing features can still be incomplete. Certain 'essential' features that can be found in most music player software might (still) be missing. PMP might contain lots of bugs. Use at your own risk.

Table of Contents

Contents of this file:

  1. Features
  2. Dependencies for running PMP
  3. Running PMP
  4. Dependencies for building
  5. Building on Linux
  6. Building on Windows
  7. Caveats / limitations
  8. Planned features
  9. More information

1. Features

  • Client-server
    • Server executable without graphical user-interface
    • Client executable to connect to and control the server
    • Multiple clients can be connected to the same server at the same time
  • Multi-user
    • Creation of user accounts on the server
    • Authentication with username and password when connecting to the server
    • Each user has their own playback history, track scores, and preferences
  • Advanced file tracking
    • Tracks are identified by file contents, ignoring irrelevant bits like metadata
    • Known tracks are still recognized after moving or renaming files
    • Duplicate files (created by a file copy operation) are recognized as being the same track
  • Queue-based
    • Tracks to be played are added to a queue
    • The top entry in the queue is the next track to be played
    • Breakpoints can be added to the queue, to stop playback when they are reached
  • Dynamic mode with track repetition avoidance
    • Dynamic mode adds random tracks to the queue
    • Tracks with a higher score are more likely to be selected
    • Avoids adding tracks that were played recently
  • Auto scoring based on playback history of each track
  • Distinction between personal and public mode
    • Public mode allows playing music for someone else without affecting your personal track scores

2. Dependencies For Running PMP

  1. MySQL

    You need to run a MySQL server instance. PMP currently uses MySQL to store its data. It may be possible to use MariaDB instead of MySQL, but I have not verified if that really works.

    Linux users can install MySQL server using their distribution's package manager.

    Windows users can get an installer here:

    One can pick the 32-bit or 64-bit version of MySQL server, PMP should work with both.

    MySQL should be configured as a developer installation (it uses less memory that way) and should be set to use Unicode (UTF-8) by default. Default storage engine should be InnoDB.

  2. Codecs / Plugins

    Windows users will need to install the Xiph codecs or some other more generic codec pack if they need support for FLAC audio.

    Linux users may need to install a GStreamer plugin to get support for MP3 files.

3. Running PMP

The PMP server needs a database connection. When you run it for the first time, it will generate an empty configuration file. Then you can set the database connection parameters in the configuration file. On Windows the file can be found here:

  C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Party Music Player\Party Music Player - Server.ini

You also need to tell PMP where to look for music files. This is done in the configuration file as well.

An example configuration:

    scan_directories=C:/Users/myname/Music, C:/Users/Public/Music

First make sure MySQL is running. Then start the PMP-Server executable, and finally start the PMP-GUI-Remote executable.

4. Dependencies For Building

  • C++ compiler with support for C++ 2014
  • CMake 3.1 or higher
  • pkg-config
  • TagLib 1.11 or higher
  • Qt 5.7 or higher, with plugin for MySQL
  • MySQL client library (libmysql)

The MySQL client library should be 32-bit if PMP was built for the x86 architecture (32-bit), and should be 64-bit if PMP was built for x64 (64-bit).

When building on Windows, there is no need to install MinGW by itself. The Qt installer provides an option to install a MinGW toolchain that is compatible with the version of Qt you wish to install.

5. Building On Linux

Building PMP on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems should be relatively simple:

  1. Make sure you have installed a C++ compiler, pkg-config and CMake
  2. Install development packages for MySQL, Qt 5 and TagLib using your package manager
  3. Download and unpack the PMP sourcecode
  4. Open a terminal, change current directory into the 'bin' directory of the PMP sourcecode
  5. Run the following commands:
    cmake ..

These instructions might need some tweaks, as they haven't been tested (at least not recently).

6. Building On Windows

Building PMP on Windows takes some effort.

Please make sure to use a version of Qt that still has the sqldriver plugin for MySQL. The Qt company decided to drop the plugin from its binary distributions for Qt versions 5.12.4 and later.

These steps describe how to do an x86 (32-bit) build of PMP on Windows, with Qt 5.12.3 and TagLib 1.11. For a 64-bit build, or for different versions of Qt and/or TagLib, the steps need to be modified accordingly.

1. Download and install CMake → Win32 Installer
install with default options

2. Download and install Qt 5 → Qt Online Installer for Windows
run installer, select the following components to install:
Qt 5.12.3/MinGW 7.3.0 32-bit
Developer and Designer Tools/MinGW 7.3.0
Developer and Designer Tools/OpenSSL 1.1.1d Toolkit/OpenSSL 32-bit binaries
edit Windows environment variables, add the following to 'Path':
close and reopen all Command Prompt windows for the Path change to take effect

3. Download and build taglib → download sourcecode (at least version 1.11)
unpack sourcecode
create 'bin' directory in taglib directory
run CMake (cmake-gui)
'where is the sourcecode': where you unpacked the sourcecode
'where to build the binaries': the "bin" directory you created
before configuring, add the following CMake variables (not including the quotes):
name: "CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE"; type: "STRING"; value: "Release"
name: "CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX"; type: "FILEPATH"; value: "C:/Qt/Tools/mingw730_32"
name: "BUILD_SHARED_LIBS"; type: BOOL; value: enabled (or "1")
press 'Configure', select a generator with "MinGW Makefiles"
press 'Generate'
build and install taglib:
open cmd.exe
cd into the "bin" directory
run command: mingw32-make
run command: mingw32-make install

4. Get pkg-config
download file
extract pkg-config.exe to C:\Qt\Tools\mingw730_32\bin
download file
extract intl.dll to C:\Qt\Tools\mingw730_32\bin
download file
extract libglib-2.0-0.dll to C:\Qt\Tools\mingw730_32\bin

5. Get the MySQL client library
the mysql version number does not matter, just pick the latest version
download 'Windows (x86, 32-bit), ZIP Archive'
extract 'lib/libmysql.dll' to the PMP 'bin' directory
OR alternatively:
if your MySQL server is 32-bit, then you can copy the DLL from that installation

6. Build PMP

Run CMake (cmake-gui)
'where is the sourcecode': select PMP sourcecode folder
'where to build the binaries': "bin" subdirectory of sourcecode folder
add variable CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH and set it to "C:\Qt\5.12.3\mingw73_32"
optional: add variable CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE and set it to "Debug" or "Release"
press 'Configure', select a generator with "MinGW Makefiles"
press 'Generate'
open cmd.exe in the 'bin' directory of PMP and run "mingw32-make"

7. Running PMP

First start the server:
open cmd.exe and cd into the PMP 'bin' directory
run command: src\PMP-Server.exe
this cmd window must remain open because closing it will kill the server
Then start the client:
run PMP-GUI-Remote.exe directly from Windows Explorer
OR alternatively, start it in a cmd window like the server

7. Caveats / Limitations

Since this project is in a very early stage of development, you can expect a few things to be missing or not working correctly ;)

  • Only MP3 and FLAC files supported for now
    → because file tracking is currently only implemented for those formats
  • Database requires MySQL (maybe MariaDB), SQLite is not an option
  • No automatic detection yet of new/modified/deleted files while the server is running, a full indexation must be started manually
  • Queue manipulation in the clients is still limited: only move/delete/insert of one entry at a time.
  • No custom filters for dynamic mode yet
  • Etc.

8. Planned Features / To-Do's

Only a list of ideas. No promises!

Effort is a rough estimate. Priorities can still change.

Feature Priority Effort
Save/restore dynamic mode settings for each user High Medium
Artist-based track repetition avoidance High Medium
Scrobbling to High Large
Server to server database synchronization High Large
Group song duplicates together and treat them as one High Large
Identify song duplicates which have different hash values High Large
Keyboard shortcuts for adjusting volume Medium Small
Fuzzy matching when searching the music collection Medium Medium
Server to server remote music access Medium Medium
Identify artist by something better than text Medium Large
Android app for controlling the server (only a remote) Medium Large
Naming a server instance (e.g. "living room") Low Small
Time-based auto-stop function Low Medium
Support for other database providers than MySQL Low Medium
Support for other music formats than MP3 and FLAC Low Medium/Large
Manual playback to a second audio device (for headphones) Low Medium/Large
Silence detection at the start and end of each track Low Large
Crossfading Low Large
ReplayGain support Low Large(?)

9. More information

Rudimentary project website:

GitHub repository:

You can contact the developer here:

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