Install Headphones Mac OSX for Usenet Torrent Music

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Headphones is the only way to automatically download audio files from usenet and torrents. You create a list of your wanted content and headphones will search far and wide to grab the releases you desire. It will work with Sabnzbd and NZBGet for usenet and Transmission for torrents. If you do not have usenet already consider UsenetServer ($10/month). If you are using torrents then set up PureVPN which has an OSX application to prevent you from getting legal letters.

Usenet Provider
Backbone
Retention
Speed
Connections
VPN
Monthly
Annual
UsenetServer
UsenetServer
2265
Unlimited
20
Yes
$10
$95.40
Usenetlink
Cloudgate
2000
100 Mbit
30
No
$15
$140
Astraweb
Astraweb
2264
Unlimited
20
No
$7.50
$96.00
UsenetBucket
XS News
1100
40 Mbit
25
No
€4.95
€60.00
Frugal
Blocknews
600
Unlimited
60
No
$4.99
$50.00

Install Headphones Mac OSX

Most of this will be done in the Terminal since it is much faster and easier. All you have to do is copy and paste these commands.

You can find Terminal in Applications -> Utilities

mac osx headphones click utilities

Now Scroll down to Terminal and open it

mac osx headphones click terminal

Welcome to the non-intimidating Mac terminal

mac nzbdrone terminal

Install Dependencies

Headphones needs some little tools in order to make all of this easier. Open up Terminal.

Install command line tools

xcode-select --install

xcode install command line tools

You will get a pop up asking to install command line tools. Click Install.

xcode install command line developer tools

If it says it couldn’t be found then you already have command line tools installed

command line developer tools already installed

Install Headphones

Go to terminal

You are going to git clone the latest Headphones package straight from github onto your machine

git clone https://github.com/rembo10/headphones.git /Applications/Headphones

Now we want Headphones to autostart on boot. Using plist is ideal because it will keep the process alive.

Only use either the plist or the Automator

Here is a Headphones plist script that I tested and works on Mac OSX Mavericks, it should work on other versions as well.
Create the plist file

sudo nano /Library/LaunchDaemons/headphones.plist

Paste this code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
 <key>Label</key>
 <string>headphones</string>
 <key>ProgramArguments</key>
 <array>
 <!-- Modify these two lines if you need to to reflect your python location and Headphones install location -->
 <string>/usr/bin/python</string>
 <string>/Applications/Headphones/Headphones.py</string>
 </array>
 <key>RunAtLoad</key>
 <true/>
 <key>KeepAlive</key>
 <true/>
</dict>
</plist>

Hit Ctrl+x, then Y and Enter

Now reboot to test if it works

If the plist method doesn’t work you can this Automator bash script

Note: Only use the Automator script if the plist method does not work

We can use Automator to create a startup script.

Open Automator

headphones mac osx choose automator

In Automator, choose Application

headphones mac osx automator choose Application

Make sure the library is shown. The top left corner should show Hide Library.

Click Utilities and then double click Run AppleScript. In the Workflow pane on the right paste this script, replace “htpcguides” with your password, it must be enclosed in quotations.

do shell script "python /Applications/Headphones/Headphones.py" password "htpcguides" with administrator privileges

mac osx headphones automator running

Click Run in the top right corner. You will probably see this warning. Click OK.

Headphones automator warn input

You should see the script has run successfully and Headphones has automatically opened the browser window

mac osx headphones automator runningmac osx headphones loaded

Click the red x to close out and give it the name Headphones, Make sure Where is set to Application and Type is set to Applications

mac osx headphones automator give name

Add it to your log in scripts. Click the Apple in the top left and choose System Preferences

Scroll down to Users and Groups

Preferences click users and groups

Click the plus sign and then Choose

Users and Groups

Find Headphones in the applications list and click Add

headphones add automator script

Now you can see it is added to your login items

mac osx headphones automator added

That’s it, headphones will run on boot and you can start playing with it. My headphones configuration guide is in preparation so sign up for the mailing list to be notified of when it drops.

Headphones runs on port 8181 by default.