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jrgrott
2009-10-06, 09:23
Hi,
I am thinking of getting a Squeezebox Touch. Right now I use iTunes w/ an Airport Express and use my iPhone REMOTE app to control iTunes and the volume. If I do get a Squeezebox Touch, and use that for streaming my music to my stereo, can I still use my iPhone REMOTE app at all, most importantly to control the volume? I do not quite understand how the Squeezebox contols iTunes, so I don't know if I used my iPhone app to control iTunes would do anything. Any comments would be appreciated. I know there are some other iPhone apps for Squeezebox. The big advantage to using the iPhone REMOTE app is it is wireless, I think the Squezebox Touch remote is line-of-sight.

Phil Leigh
2009-10-06, 09:30
Hi,
I am thinking of getting a Squeezebox Touch. Right now I use iTunes w/ an Airport Express and use my iPhone REMOTE app to control iTunes and the volume. If I do get a Squeezebox Touch, and use that for streaming my music to my stereo, can I still use my iPhone REMOTE app at all, most importantly to control the volume? I do not quite understand how the Squeezebox contols iTunes, so I don't know if I used my iPhone app to control iTunes would do anything. Any comments would be appreciated. I know there are some other iPhone apps for Squeezebox. The big advantage to using the iPhone REMOTE app is it is wireless, I think the Squezebox Touch remote is line-of-sight.

You can do what you want (and a lot lot more) but you will need the iPeng app on your iPhone.

ddewey
2009-10-06, 09:52
Quoting Phil Leigh (Phil.Leigh.3zn8bb1254846721 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> jrgrott;467765 Wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I am thinking of getting a Squeezebox Touch. Right now I use iTunes w/
> > an Airport Express and use my iPhone REMOTE app to control iTunes and
> > the volume. If I do get a Squeezebox Touch, and use that for streaming
> > my music to my stereo, can I still use my iPhone REMOTE app at all, most
> > importantly to control the volume? I do not quite understand how the
> > Squeezebox contols iTunes, so I don't know if I used my iPhone app to
> > control iTunes would do anything. Any comments would be appreciated. I
> > know there are some other iPhone apps for Squeezebox. The big advantage
> > to using the iPhone REMOTE app is it is wireless, I think the Squezebox
> > Touch remote is line-of-sight.
>
> You can do what you want (and a lot lot more) but you will need the
> iPeng app on your iPhone.

Squeezebox doesn't control iTunes. It can integrate with the iTunes
library, but it doesn't actually control iTunes at all. The iPeng
application for the iPhone/Touch (or any of the other similar apps)
are wireless and don't require line of sight. These applications
will control the volume of the Squeezebox. You'd leave the stereo
volume set at some maximum level and let the SB modulate it.

andynormancx
2009-10-06, 09:57
The first thing to understand is that the Squeezeboxes don't control iTunes at all. They can't import your iTunes library, but when playing music on a Squeezebox the iTunes UI isn't involved at all.

You won't be able to use the iTunes iPhone remote to control anything to do with the Squeezebox. However as has been pointed out you can install the excellent iPeng iPhone which can control your whole Squeezebox playback, much like the iTunes remote does for you now. That includes controlling the playback volume and it is of course wireless as well.

cunobelinus@mac.com
2009-10-06, 10:46
No, is the short answer, as others have posted already, but there's
another app that's better.

As others have just said, Squeezebox does not control iTunes. In fact,
it doesn't control anything (unless you use the Squeezebox's remote
control - see below). It is just the box that plays your digital
music, with a converter (quite a good one although you can plug in a
different/better one if you're not happy with it) to translate it into
the analogue form needed by your amps and loudspeakers.

You control the box with software (used to be Slimserver, then
Squeezecenter, lost count of what it's called now) running on your
computer. The software sets up your internet browser so you an use it
and the computer to act as the remote control, for the Squeezebox
(es), and it can act as that control wired, wirelessly, or as a
hybrid, depending on how you set up both the computer and the
Squeezebox. The browser based software is quite independent of iTunes.
It makes its own Squeezecenter library (which is really just a
catalogue, as is the iTunes library) quite independently of iTunes,
although it may (and usually will) refer to the same music files as
the iTunes library. They are different entities.

However, Squeezecenter, if you tell it to, can use the iTunes library
to set up its own. You just tick a box which instructs it to pinch the
information from iTunes for its own purposes. The resulting iTunes
integration works very well in my experience.

You can control the Squeezecenter software either directly using mouse/
keyboard (like iTunes, but not iTunes) or the remote control for the
Squeezebox which tells the Squeezebox what to tell the Squeezecenter
that it should tell the Squeezebox what to do. But as all the other
posters in your thread are advising, the really easy way of
controlling the software is by using an iPod touch or iPhone running
the application iPeng. This has an excellent GUI, infinitely better
than the server's native one, and also has the advantage that it sends
signals over your Airport (or other wireless network) directly to
whatever wireless-equipped computer on which you have loaded the
software. And that means that, once again, the Squeezebox is purely
passive, receiving rather than relaying instructions.

And if I've succeeded in making something that works very simply in
practice into an explanation that's clear as mud, my sincere apologies!

Cunobelinus.


On 6 Oct 2009, at 17:23, jrgrott wrote:

>
> Hi,
> I am thinking of getting a Squeezebox Touch. Right now I use iTunes
> w/
> an Airport Express and use my iPhone REMOTE app to control iTunes and
> the volume. If I do get a Squeezebox Touch, and use that for
> streaming
> my music to my stereo, can I still use my iPhone REMOTE app at all,
> most
> importantly to control the volume? I do not quite understand how the
> Squeezebox contols iTunes, so I don't know if I used my iPhone app to
> control iTunes would do anything. Any comments would be
> appreciated. I
> know there are some other iPhone apps for Squeezebox. The big
> advantage
> to using the iPhone REMOTE app is it is wireless, I think the
> Squezebox
> Touch remote is line-of-sight.
>
>
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