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tfish77
2009-05-07, 11:18
My wife recently got a Macbook and I'm trying to help her access my SC music library. On her old Windows laptop, I had Moose set up with SqueezeSlave, which worked great. I've tried installing SqueezePlay on her Mac, but I don't think it's quite ready for prime-time. I'm looking for something that's as easy to use as Moose is for Windows - she's pretty computer-savvy, but has a very low tolerance for things that "aren't as easy to use as iTunes" in her words.

My own hatred of iTunes aside, can anyone recommend a good solution? Thank you!

bklaas
2009-05-07, 12:45
Would the SC web interface be a reasonable solution?

cheers,
#!/ben

tfish77
2009-05-07, 12:50
Thanks for replying, Ben. The issue there is that the web interface launches SoftSqueeze, which is a little too confusing for her - I don't mean to say that she's dumb, far from it, but it's more that unless you're already pretty familiar with how the hardware SB works (which she isn't - I am definitely the primary user), the software version is not very intuitive.

I guess "intuitive" is a key word here.

Thanks!

davep
2009-05-08, 03:09
Thanks for replying, Ben. The issue there is that the web interface launches SoftSqueeze, which is a little too confusing for her - I don't mean to say that she's dumb, far from it, but it's more that unless you're already pretty familiar with how the hardware SB works (which she isn't - I am definitely the primary user), the software version is not very intuitive.

I guess "intuitive" is a key word here.

Thanks!
You might want to look at Squeezeslave which can be set up on a Mac such that it starts automatically when you log in and runs as a headless - basically invisible - player. This means that you use the web interface and, once having selected squeezeslave as the player, there is no need to operate a separate player interface - you just select the tunes, playlists, albums, etc that you want to play, as if you were sending to a physical player, and off it goes. So it is like what you have seen with SoftSqueeze but without a visible (and actually unnecessary) 'player' emulation. There are pretty good installation instructions at http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/SqueezeSlave#Mac_OS_X_installation.

Of course this assumes that the SC web interface is acceptable as the way of driving the whole thing

davep

cunobelinus@mac.com
2009-05-08, 03:58
How about using iPeng on an iPod Touch? That looks and feels like
iTunes on the Touch, but operates Squeezecenter running on the Mac
without reference to the (horrible, slow, clunky, ugh) web interface,
or, indeed, any need to touch the Mac at all other than to turn it
on. It's transformed my use of the SB (and I've been using it for a
long time now!)......but then I happen to like the iTunes interface,
too.

Geraint.


On 7 May 2009, at 20:50, tfish77 wrote:

>
> Thanks for replying, Ben. The issue there is that the web interface
> launches SoftSqueeze, which is a little too confusing for her - I
> don't
> mean to say that she's dumb, far from it, but it's more that unless
> you're already pretty familiar with how the hardware SB works
> (which she
> isn't - I am definitely the primary user), the software version is not
> very intuitive.
>
> I guess "intuitive" is a key word here.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
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tfish77
2009-05-08, 06:01
@davep: thanks for the idea! I didn't realize SqueezeSlave could run as a "service" (not sure if that's the right term for a Mac) on a Mac - but that sounds like a pretty good solution. The web interface isn't perfect, but I think it might do the trick. Thank you!

@cunobelinus: thanks, but in this case she's actually using the Mac as the client, there's no iPod in the house!

cunobelinus@mac.com
2009-05-08, 11:53
For what it's worth, I now think it's worth getting one just for this
purpose. I hadn't intended to do so, but since posts here pointed me
in the direction of iPeng, which I installed on hers, I find myself
constantly borrowing my wife's just to use with the SB and it's
getting a bit unfair! Then there's the SimplifyMedia app.....

Geraint.


On 8 May 2009, at 14:01, tfish77 wrote:

>
> @davep: thanks for the idea! I didn't realize SqueezeSlave could run
> as a "service" (not sure if that's the right term for a Mac) on a
> Mac -
> but that sounds like a pretty good solution. The web interface isn't
> perfect, but I think it might do the trick. Thank you!
>
> @cunobelinus: thanks, but in this case she's actually using the
> Mac as
> the client, there's no iPod in the house!
>
>
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bephillips
2009-05-08, 22:58
Squeezeslave controlled by the Browser UI is one way to go. Squeezeslave involves some little work in the Terminal.

If SqueezePlay plays successfully, and you just don't like the SqueezePlay user interface, you can play through that, and once it's playing, control it through the Browser UI.

The Browser UI still steers people toward SoftSqueeze because SqueezePlay isn't official yet, but remember you can control any player connected to the SqueezeCenter from the Browser UI.

Note that in Mac, SqueezePlay doesn't yet play through the Optical or USB digital out, only through the analog audio out. (Known bug)

So if you need digital out for any reason, use Squeezeslave, otherwise you can use Squeezeplay. Conrol either from the Browser UI.

bklaas
2009-05-09, 11:39
sorry, was a bit confused by your original post that you actually wanted the audio to output from the PC.

bephillips gave spot on advice. If you don't want digital out, my expectation is that running squeezeplay is going to be an easier solution for you. Then you can control the flow of music out the speakers through either the squeezeplay interface or with the browser interface.

cheers,
#!/ben

tfish77
2009-06-25, 08:33
Hi everybody,

Thank you all for your responses - very helpful. I've been experimenting with "headless" Squeezeslave (http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/SqueezeSlave#Mac_OS_X_installation) and it's working off & on. Squeezeplay would really be ideal but at the moment it's only working in 1 Mac profile and not the other (I've filed a bug about this but haven't heard back yet).

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks.