Headphones is an automated music downloader written in Python. It uses MusicBrainz service to query for music metadata which can unfortunately be unreliable at times. If this is an issue it is possible, thought not that simple to install MusicBrainz server that would solve the issues with unreliable metadata service.
By default most Linux distributions including Ubuntu are configured with DHCP. This means that an IP address and some other parameters are configured automatically. The only issue with dynamic IP is that it can change making remote access a game of chance. Setting up static IP allows a user defined IP addresses that will remain the same unless changed manually.
NZBDrone / Sonarr is an automated TV show manager and searcher. It will find and send TV episodes to your preferred download application. As a newcomer NZBDrone has an impressive amount of features that a more mature application like Sickbeard is missing. It is recommended to use a newer version of mono than is currently available from aptitude repository. Install & Compile Mono 3.6 before installing Sonarr.
Media Browser is a media management application among other things. It allows you to browser and filter your collection with more precision. Metadata wise it does a lot of what XBMC and the like already do but MB lets you compartmentalize metadata retrieval and playback. This leaves XBMC to just playback content with no need for write access which is great when it comes to ensuring your data security and ease of configuration of new clients. The most unique and handy feature is probably it’s ability to transcode streaming video.
NZBGet is a popular Newsgroup download application. It is similar to SABnzbd but only in a general way. NZBGet is much faster and easier on system resources, it has modern features, is easier to use and simply looks better. It can be installed with just a few command with apt-get but unfortunately that will only install version 12. Installing and configuring version 13 not as simple as it could be but the extra features are worth the effort.
uTorrent is a well known bit torrent application that’s now available as a server application with a web GUI. It has features similar to those of the desktop version, thought not quite as many. When compared to other bit torrent applications like Transmission, uTorrent has far more advanced features. It is currently in alpha so bugs are likely to be encountered, it is still worth a try so lets install it!
There are some great tools available on Linux to format and partition hard drives and other media. GParted is probably one of the best known tools out there. It can do a lot of stuff but unfortunately only if you run a desktop. On the terminal the options get thinner and more convoluted. Several older tools and commands don’t like GPT partitioning tables and so will not function fully. You need GPT partition tables to be able to makes use of hard drives larger than 2TB. I had three WD 6TB RED hard drives to format and partition, here’s what I did.
As you probably already know CouchPotato is an automated movie downloader. To be exact it will search for a movie and send it to a download application for the actual download. I don’t trust CP to select the correct release as it’s not that advanced. I use it as a search aggregation and bookmark app for movies. Now lets install and set it up on Ubuntu Server!