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chadsfake
2015-12-29, 15:41
I have been using the official Logitech app for android with my Squeezebox radio for a long time now but diving deeper into multi players with my new Raspberry Pi 2 and Hifiberry DAC+Pro and finding some issues with the old control app.

I have loader the free apps to try , Squeezer, and Squeezedroid, and looking to see what benefits there might be to go to a paid app.

I was looking at Squeeze Commander , Squeeze Ctrl , or Orange Squeeze.

Can anyone tell my what one they feel is better and why they feel it is the one worth paying for ?

I don't mind paying for an app but would prefer to pay for one that I will use over paying for three to test out and only use one.

Thank you for your help in advance, I did a lot of searching but could not find any threads with a clear comparison.

chadsfake

pippin
2015-12-29, 16:29
I think there are plenty of threads here giving opinion, this one is pretty recent:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?104889-Slightly-OT-Android-client

SqueezeCommander is old and no longer supported although it's a really good App but no support for all the new 7.9 features.

Between OrangeSqueeze and SqueezeCtrl it comes down to taste. I can't really decide, I find myself using SqueezeCtrl more often since it's more familiar for me coming from iOS, OrangeSqueeze is probably a little more Android'y.

But I kind of feel my biggest issue with OrangeSqueeze is that it looks inconsistent because it has own icons for supported menus (something I like) but not for a lot of plugins I use. Yes, we are talking details like that here :)

castalla
2015-12-29, 16:35
I think there are plenty of threads here giving opinion, this one is pretty recent:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?104889-Slightly-OT-Android-client

SqueezeCommander is old and no longer supported although it's a really good App but no support for all the new 7.9 features.

Between OrangeSqueeze and SqueezeCtrl it comes down to taste. I can't really decide, I find myself using SqueezeCtrl more often since it's more familiar for me coming from iOS, OrangeSqueeze is probably a little more Android'y.

I just bought Squeeze Ctrl - very good. I've tried all the others - the original Logitech Controller was the best (and free) but no longer works above android 4.

jimzak
2015-12-30, 03:36
Go with Squeeze-Ctrl.

It has an amazing array of abilities including to chromecast the Now Playing screen to a TV.

Plus there is an optional tablet mode which is great for...well...tablets.

bwaldron
2015-12-30, 05:18
I own both Orange Squeeze and Squeeze Ctrl; they're both fine apps, but I prefer Squeeze Ctrl. Besides what others have mentioned, it includes a number of small touches that I use (e.g., Tasker integration, the ability to mute all players when a phone call comes in). Its developer is very responsive to feedback/requests, and seems more active currently than the Orange Squeeze developer.

kidstypike
2015-12-30, 07:01
I own Squeeze Control, Orange Squeeze and Squeezer. Squeeze Control gets my vote, a nice touch is the volume control buttons always to hand on the now playing screen, or simply slide a finger up or down on the album cover to immediately raise/lower the volume, important when used into active speakers with no remote controlled volume in the chain. The Squeezer app on the other hand, needs two button presses 'til you get to actually get to see the volume control !

slimfast
2015-12-30, 09:08
Orange Squeeze has always worked well for me ... although it has been slightly flaky on my old Xperia SP with Android 4.3 since about a year ago when using the widget.

No issues at all on newer phones and tablets and the widget is very handy for quick control access.

Giza2020
2016-01-01, 02:26
I've used squeeze commander for years and it works great for my needs. I did have another look at squeeze ctrl after this thread got me interested again. .it's a great app and could win me overt. However. The way it handles volume of grouped players is annoying.

When a player is grouped I like the volume on my phone to be grouped too and not have to go into the player manager settings to adjust the group volume or worse case change individually.

SC does this brilliantly but Steve Ctrl doesn't. .you have to go to the screen where the player grouping is shown and adjust a group volume there. ..so close. .just needs an option to make that group volume default if wanted.

I also don't want to group player volume at source because I like to adjust them independently when using player controls (eg turn boom down in kitchen but not player in the front room)

Think it's time I went to the squeeze ctrl forum :-)

Antilope
2016-04-17, 18:15
I had been using the stock Logitech android app with my Android 4.4 phone and tablet to control my Squeezebox radio.

I recently got an Android 5.1 phone and Android 5.1 tablet and the stock Logitech android app no longer works to control my Squeezebox radio.

I bought Orange Squeeze app and it works perfectly with my Android 5.1 Lollipop phone and and tablet. In addition, it also works perfectly with my older Android 4.4 tablet.

I mainly use Orange Squeeze along with mysqueezebox.com to play my favorite radio stations, etc.

I wish there were decent apps for the UE smart radio (similar to Orange Squeeze). I have two Squeezebox radios, one with the Squeezbox firmware and one that I converted to the UE Smart Radio firmware (mainly to access IHeartRadio). The Logitech UE Smart Radio app leaves much to be desired.

pippin
2016-04-18, 01:50
I think nobody ever bothered to write a Smart Radio App for Android and looking at the download figures for iPeng UE I can understand them all too well, it's just not worth it, too few people using this.
People complain a lot about the Logitech App but for a cheap standalone radio they are probably not prepared to pay for an App and people who want multiroom will probably switch to the Squeezebox firmware.

Jeddie
2016-04-26, 04:19
I am considering using either Orange Squeeze or Squeeze Cntrl. My LMS is Ver 7.9.

When I go to google play for Squeeze Cntrl, it says tested up to Ver 7.8? So I guess I can't use Squeeze Cntrl?

And on google Play for Orange Squeeze, there is no mention of LMS version number it will work with?

Can somebody confirm what will work with LMS ver 7.9?

RonM
2016-04-26, 04:25
I am considering using either Orange Squeeze or Squeeze Cntrl. My LMS is Ver 7.9.

When I go to google play for Squeeze Cntrl, it says tested up to Ver 7.8? So I guess I can't use Squeeze Cntrl?

And on google Play for Orange Squeeze, there is no mention of LMS version number it will work with?

Can somebody confirm what will work with LMS ver 7.9?

They both work fine with 7.9. I prefer SqueezeCntrl, but your experience may differ. They're cheap enough that you can get both and decide -- a few dollars spent, a lifetime of convenience achieved.

quadronado
2016-04-26, 04:32
I can confirm that both apps work with LMS 7.9. I prefer OrangeSqueeze. Squeeze Ctrl often crashes the LMS on smaller hardware like NAS. And OrangeSqueeze looks much better. :cool: But on the other hand Squeeze Ctrl seems to be the only app that is still under development.

JJZolx
2016-04-26, 04:40
I am considering using either Orange Squeeze or Squeeze Cntrl. My LMS is Ver 7.9.

When I go to google play for Squeeze Cntrl, it says tested up to Ver 7.8? So I guess I can't use Squeeze Cntrl?

And on google Play for Orange Squeeze, there is no mention of LMS version number it will work with?

Can somebody confirm what will work with LMS ver 7.9?

Squeeze Ctrl works fine with LMS 7.9. It's the only app I've used on Android, but I like it, as it does everything I need it to do. Pretty straightforward interface with few surprises.

banned for life
2016-05-02, 10:44
OrangeSqueeze (and it's companion SqueezePlayer) are lurkers.

They do not close when you dismiss them from the tasks page.

bluegaspode
2016-05-02, 12:52
OrangeSqueeze (and it's companion SqueezePlayer) are lurkers.

They do not close when you dismiss them from the tasks page.

How do you "dismiss" SqueezePlayer from the task pane?
This is not allowed by Android, as the notification is bound to the running service.

Tap the SqueezePlayer notification and turn it off on the appearing main screen.
No lurking.