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spydaap: a simple DAAP server for python

spydaap is a Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) server -- DAAP is the protocol used by Apple's iTunes software. Running spydaap on your machine allows any DAAP enabled music player to browse and play selections from your music collection (including music players running on the same machine as the server). There are several DAAP capable players available for all major operating systems.

Because iTunes 7.0 and newer do not enable music to be shared with any other kinds of DAAP clients, it is recommended that OS X users run spydaap on their machines, which will allow any DAAP client to connect to it (including old and new versions of iTunes).


  1. Python 2.4 or later
  2. mutagen
  3. pybonjour or python-avahi

Running without installing

From outside this directory, simply run:

$ python <name of directory containing>

It is also possible to create a zipped version of this directory (a so-called 'python egg' -- often the extension of this zipfile is chosen to be 'egg'). In this case, run:

$ python <name of zipped file>

From inside this directory, run:

$ python run_spydaap



$ sudo apt-get install python-mutagen python-avahi
$ cd spydaap
$ sudo python install

Mac OS X

spydaap requires a version of Python later than 2.3. If you are running Mac OS 10.4 or earlier, you will need to install a more recent version of Python and setuptools.

$ cd spydaap
$ sudo python install


$ spydaap

~/Music/ is the default directory where spydaap looks for media files. It can be changed by editing ~/.spydaap/ (see


See for information on setting port, name, etc. There also examples of some custom smart playlists. For writing your own smart playlists, see spydaap/

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