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bluegaspode
2010-12-22, 15:52
[update: version 1.7.2 released, see here for additional features: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=610246]

Today is the last day where Apple releases updates to the AppStore (until new year arrives)... and tell you what: SqueezePad 1.7.0 slipped through in the last minutes - must be christmas - and I am so very excited !

Now SqueezePad brings you a very special new feature: Music-Playback directly from your iPad.
After a lot of really hard work now your iPad becomes a little Squeezebox on its own.

Unlike other Apps out there, SqueezePad is able to stream:
- your local music
- internet radio stations
- songs from your Apps like Last.FM, Deezer or WiMP
(Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify NOT working right now, due to licensing issues
Napster works when using a Windows based Squeezebox-Server)


Please note: if anything is not working for you - please contact support(at)squeezepad.com. Just writing a bad AppStore comment does not help at all. If I cannot get in contact with you how should I be able to help and analyze your particular problem?

You find this feature as an in app purchase (half the price of SqueezePad) in the players menu. Just hit the 'Activate iPad Playback' button and you can either test the feature 15 minutes each day or buy it directly.
Please note that you need a local server install to use this feature.

As my beta testers and I cannot test all music streams and files of the world I definitely recommend testing first ;-) - if any of your preferred streams doesn't work please contact support so that we can find a fix for that!

The following music formats are directly supported:
mp3, aac, alac, wav, aiff, pcm.

With the help of your Squeezebox Server you can also stream FLAC and OGG to your iPad (the server will convert them to either WAV or MP3, based on your server settings). WAV works out of the box, for mp3 you'll need to install the LAME codec.
If your Squeezebox Server runs on a Windows machine even WMA-files are possible without problems!

SqueezePad does not support synchronization to other devices.

With iOS 4.2 (you did upgrade already, didn't you) you will get even more convenience:
Your iPad will continue to play music even when you leave the App. Please be aware, that when you stop your music for more than two minutes, iOS will still suspend the App. You will need to enter the App again to start some new music.
You can also control playback outside the App via the 'iPod Controls'. Double tap the home-button of your iPad and then swipe right - here you can control volume or skip tracks as well.

Other things changed in this version:
- when showing coverart, embedded art is now preferred over album art. This makes it possible to have different cover for each song of an album
- the alphabetical index in menus is much easier to tap, without erroneously selecting a song
- there was a crash, when you tried to show a context menu on a menu separator
- sometimes the playlists didn't reload when you reentered the App (iOS4.2 only)

On the pictures you can see the new players menu, featuring the iPad of my wife, along with the iPads 'iPod Controls'.

adyc
2010-12-22, 17:50
It does not work for me. When I press the "Activate iPad Playback", there is nothing happened. Can you please show step by step screen instructions?

adyc
2010-12-22, 22:46
It works now. I have to delete the program and reinstall it.

Ron Olsen
2010-12-22, 23:45
iPad playback -- a brilliant new feature!

I've tested it on my local music library (.flac, .mp3, .m4a, .wma), Internet radio, Sirius Radio, last.fm, and Slacker; all are good.

Unfortunately, Pandora requires a subscription to play to the iPad, and Rhapsody doesn't allow playback at all: "This player does not support Rhapsody. A Squeezebox2 or higher is required." I realize that this is a Rhapsody limitation, and nothing can be done to change it.

Still, well worth the upgrade price. Thanks for all the hard work to make this happen.

bluegaspode
2010-12-23, 02:47
iPad playback -- a brilliant new feature!

I've tested it on my local music library (.flac, .mp3, .m4a, .wma), Internet radio, Sirius Radio, last.fm, and Slacker; all are good.

Unfortunately, Pandora requires a subscription to play to the iPad, and Rhapsody doesn't allow playback at all: "This player does not support Rhapsody. A Squeezebox2 or higher is required." I realize that this is a Rhapsody limitation, and nothing can be done to change it.

Still, well worth the upgrade price. Thanks for all the hard work to make this happen.

Hi Ron,
thanks for your thorough testing.
(I'd be happy if you report your results on the AppStore as well - I promptly got some comments from people who didn't get it running, but also didn't contact support *sigh*) !

Do you have some spare time between christmas and new year (or after that)? As I cannot test Rhapsody myself I'd like to do some tests with you - maybe we can get Rhapsody working. Please drop me a mail on support(at)squeezepad.com if you are interested.

pippin
2010-12-23, 03:15
Nice work.
But actually playback didn't "arrive" on iPad now, there's been an iPhone App that works on iPad from the beginning on and then there's another dedicated iPad App which does Squeezebox playback for quite a while now, too.

bluegaspode
2010-12-23, 03:23
But actually playback didn't "arrive" on iPad now, there's been an iPhone App that works on iPad from the beginning on and then there's another dedicated iPad App which does Squeezebox playback for quite a while now, too.

Yesterday I told my wife, that I'm pretty sure that I'd get such a comment from you ;)
For most people who don't like workarounds this is still the arrival of nice integrated playback ...

Ron Olsen
2010-12-23, 03:28
Hi Ron,
thanks for your thorough testing.
(I'd be happy if you report your results on the AppStore as well - I promptly got some comments from people who didn't get it running, but also didn't contact support *sigh*) !

Do you have some spare time between christmas and new year (or after that)? As I cannot test Rhapsody myself I'd like to do some tests with you - maybe we can get Rhapsody working. Please drop me a mail on support(at)squeezepad.com if you are interested.

I'm currently trying to update my iPad to iOS 4.2 on Windows 7 (after many failed attempts on Windows/XP). When that completes, I'll report my test results on the App Store.

I'd be happy to help test Rhapsody; sent you an email.

pippin
2010-12-23, 03:36
Yesterday I told my wife, that I'm pretty sure that I'd get such a comment from you ;)

So you knew you are claiming something, say, exaggerated?


For most people who don't like workarounds this is still the arrival of nice integrated playback ...

You don't need any workarounds to use Squeezey.

rkotemp
2010-12-23, 06:54
You don't need any workarounds to use Squeezey.But squeezey does not support my flac files, squeezepad does.
Also squeezey has no radio or apps support, squeezepad does.

Just tested all the things i use, and they all work with squeezepad and playing on the iPad. Nice job bluegaspode.

It is almost my favorite controler. Just 2 options i mis.
1) IR Blaster support
2) Portrait interface option


Rob

pippin
2010-12-23, 07:06
But squeezey does not support my flac files, squeezepad does.

This is wrong, both work the same way.


Also squeezey has no radio or apps support, squeezepad does.

This is true.

andyg
2010-12-23, 07:11
FYI Pandora blocks software players unless you have a premium account. And Rhapsody will not be possible as it's encrypted, so don't waste any time trying.

pippin
2010-12-23, 07:14
I also can't get Napster to work, at least not directly from MySB (haven't tried SBS).

bluegaspode
2010-12-23, 07:30
I wouldn't say that Squeezey and SqueezePad work the same.
Squeezey only supports mp3, so the LAME codec needs to be installed on the server - and anything must go through the CPU intensive mp3 encoding.
SqueezePad support a lot more formats natively (and I'll implement native FLAC in some later version anyway).

FLAC to PCM decoding (i.e. SqueezePad) is much more lightweight than FLAC decoding and mp3 encoding (i.e. Squeezey). Also - as written - Squeezey doesn't support internet-radio (which needs some special treatment, as the iPad mp3 decoder alone cannot handle all streams). And none of the other Apps can operate with MySqueezebox.com alone.

I'll look into Napster soon, don't have an account myself but that's what the testing is for.
I already updated all descriptions this morning that Napster and Rhapsody right now are not working. Sorry to anyone who wants to stream these right now.

For Napster I still have hope - and for Rhapsody AndyG destroyed my hope. But thanks a lot for the hint - I won't be as depressed as if I had tried it myself.

andyg
2010-12-23, 07:36
Napster is WMA so that's probably why.

rkotemp
2010-12-23, 08:46
This is wrong, both work the same way.

Thas not wrong. Its a fact. Squeezy can not playback my flac files
and Squeezepad can with the same squeezeboxserver. So they do not work the same way.
It may be working with your server if lame is installed. But on my NAS there is no lame and it does not work with squeezy. Only my mp3 files work.

Rob

ericj
2010-12-23, 10:16
Just tried Napster using my SBserver, and probably because of transcoding, it works fine. I do find that occasionally that both Napster and BBC IPlayer seem to require a touch of the stop and start control to stream.

All else, FLAC etc. seems to work fine.

bluegaspode
2010-12-23, 10:45
Just tried Napster using my SBserver, and probably because of transcoding, it works fine. I do find that occasionally that both Napster and BBC IPlayer seem to require a touch of the stop and start control to stream.

All else, FLAC etc. seems to work fine.

This is good news.
A (windows) server indeed handles WMA transcoding for local files and it's good to know that this also works automatically for Napster.
I did a quick search about WMA decoders, but didn't get any far. Also I need to read into licensing issues, maybe as with mp3 there are still licensing fees which might apply before I can support it natively.

I'll be listening to BBC iPlayer between christmas and new year - maybe I'm able to reproduce your issue with start/stop!

pippin
2010-12-23, 10:46
Thas not wrong. Its a fact. Squeezy can not playback my flac files
and Squeezepad can with the same squeezeboxserver. So they do not work the same way.
It may be working with your server if lame is installed. But on my NAS there is no lame and it does not work with squeezy. Only my mp3 files work.


Ah, ok, that may be the difference, indeed. I wasn't aware Squeezey doesn't use WAV transcoding and I do indeed have lame installed.

Ron Olsen
2010-12-23, 15:15
FYI Pandora blocks software players unless you have a premium account. And Rhapsody will not be possible as it's encrypted, so don't waste any time trying.

Good to know. Rhapsody has an iPad app, so not having Rhapsody iPad playback in SqueezePad isn't a show stopper.

jhonsberger@msn.com
2010-12-23, 15:47
Good to know. Rhapsody has an iPad app, so not having Rhapsody iPad playback in SqueezePad isn't a show stopper.

Ditto Pandora

gharris999
2010-12-23, 16:25
Well done! I'm trying the test drive right now and it's working well. Just a couple of hiccups when trying to switch tracks rapidly...what you would expect given the transcoding that has to happen server-side.

So...how much more work to make the flac decoding happen client-side? I'm not complaining, mind you. My $4.99 is on it's way to you (and to Steve).

bluegaspode
2010-12-24, 01:34
So...how much more work to make the flac decoding happen client-side?
Hi gharris999,

The bad news about FLAC is:
- googling about FLAC on iPhone/iPad doesn't get me any good results

The good news about FLAC is:
- FLAC (beside mp3) is the most liked format of the SB-Server, so I think it's a good idea to support it natively (also saves a lot of bandwidth compared to PCM streaming).
- no license fees for FLAC
- sources of the official FLAC decoder are available
- I know that FLAC can be compile on ARM architectures (as Squeezeboxes are ARM based)
- I'm a developer with passion, searching for adventures ;)

Right now (ok right after christmas is over and the family departed again) I'm working on the current bug with authenticated servers and the settings screen.
Then I want to improve a particular missing feature about playback (which noone complained about it yet, so I won't tell what it is :D) but right after that trying out FLAC is on my list.
I guess in january I'll be able to either present an update - or an announcement that I gave up.


To all users out there I'm wishing a very merry christmas now!
Due to obvious reasons today giving support will be a bit difficult, I hope you understand.

If I may have a wish for christmas: single developers doing a lot of work in their nights love good AppStore comments most on christmas :)

satmarshall
2010-12-25, 14:00
If you do figure out how to decode FLAC natively on the iPad I suggest you spinoff another app to allow people to play locally stored (on iPad) FLAC files. I suspect there's lots of people who wish they could play FLAC on their iPods and iPads - including me!

Good luck!

bluegaspode
2010-12-25, 14:48
If you do figure out how to decode FLAC natively on the iPad I suggest you spinoff another app to allow people to play locally stored (on iPad) FLAC files. I suspect there's lots of people who wish they could play FLAC on their iPods and iPads - including me!

Good luck!
'FLACPlayer' not good enough?

satmarshall
2010-12-25, 15:11
cool! Last I looked (sept) I couldn't find an app like that.
I'll have to go give it a try. thanks.

browellm
2010-12-30, 10:31
Has anyone tried this from outside a LAN yet, with ports 9000 and 3483 opened?

I want to give it a go but my router doesn't support local loopback for dynamic dns addresses, so until I connect to an external wifi hotspot, I don't have a chance to test it.

bluegaspode
2010-12-30, 11:20
I know of one user who was able to connect via 3G to his local library, but had big buffering problems. He didn't try bandwidth limiting of the server yet though (one can configure, that the server will transcode everything to mp3 of a certain bitrate for a specific player).

I know of another user who didn't get it working.

In theory opening and forwarding port 9000 and 3483 should work, when then bandwidth is good enough (remember that upstream from your router it might not be very good)

browellm
2010-12-30, 11:43
Thanks. I get 1.5Mb/s upload now, and it's moving to 5Mb/s in May, so it should be OK :)

I purchased it anyway, as it's nice to have local access to music on my ipad, and you have the best support for file types - I don't need to install Lame, native flac will be good too. Access to 5Live and Radio 3 HD via the iPad was worth the price of admission alone.

bluegaspode
2011-01-11, 11:10
SqueezePad 1.7.1 was just released to the AppStore.

This is a release with loads of small small improvements and bugfixes.
Before I list them all, don't miss the opportunity to vote about the priorities of next features in SqueezePad v1.8+ here: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=83106

v1.7.1
====

you can tap (or hold) the volume icons in the top bar for finetuning volume
IRBlaster integration: tapping the volume icons now works together with the IRBlaster plugin (if installed on your server)
volume handling is improved: When you changed the volume very fast, SqueezePad sent too many volume-change events to the server resulting into delayed volume changes.
playback: SqueezePad integrates tightly with AirPlay (for details, please read my blog http://www.squeezepad.com/2011/01/squeezepad-and-airplay-this-is-how-it-works/)
playback: playback now also works with authenticated servers (before there was only a 'No Audio Data Found' error)
playback: there were rare reports, that SqueezePad played noise after a longer listening session (could be fixed by restarting the track). This should be resolved now.
playback: SqueezePad some times didn't suspend in the background, when there was a playback error message before.
settings: one couldn't change the texts in the settings-screen anymore, after playback was activated
settings: if you manually configure a DynDNS-URL on the settings screen this won't be replaced anymore by the automatic server detection.
some users reported problems with the In-App-Purchase (nothing happened when hitting the button). There is now a better error message and error recovery in place.
playback purchase is not available anymore for MySB.com only users.
SqueezePad doesn't crash anymore in the albums or artist menu, when you have an artist called '@' (cool bug, ey? )
users of triodes Spotify plugin should update the plugin to the latest version and try streaming again.


SqueezePad 1.7.2 will follow soon with some more nice enhancements :D

Geira
2011-01-11, 14:32
Just show "empty" when trying to share wimp travks or album from wimp. Feature higly missed. GREATEST APP EVER! A dream in combination with WIMP. THANX!

bluegaspode
2011-01-11, 15:59
Just show "empty" when trying to share wimp travks or album from wimp. Feature higly missed.

Is this working, when you try the same with a Radio or Touch (my wife is asleep already, so I cannot test)?
When I play local music the Faceboox integration works as expected, so maybe this is an issue with the WiMP App, but not SqueezePad.

Will test tomorrow with my Radio.

Geira
2011-01-12, 01:44
You're right - sharing to facebook from Wimp does not work on the Squeezebox Radio either. So it must be the WIMP app that's bugging - right ?

Thanx for quick response :-)

bluegaspode
2011-01-12, 11:48
So it must be the WIMP app that's bugging - right ?
Yep.
Don't know whether Logitech or WiMP needs to fix this. I guess you should start by opening a support-ticket.

SadGamerGeek
2011-01-12, 12:02
Just got round to trying this.

The music playback on my iPad is a great feature!

Unfortunately the sync. is badly broken for me - is this a known issue?

I've been trying it synced to my SB Radio & classic (both individually and all together). I can't get anywhere close to sync. When I first tried it with my radio, I played all the way through one track with the music only coming from the iPad. The radio showed the correct artwork and play symbol, but no audio. Once it moved onto the next track, the radio started playing but many seconds out. I'm now trying it synced with my SB classic, but I can only seem to get one of them (classic or iPad) playing at a time. Also, when the iPad is playing and synced, the iPad player's pause control has no effect, though "next" and "previous" do.

I had similar problems with BBC iPlayer. When I first tried just the iPad would play, with the classic just showing "waiting to sync". The second attempt had nothing playing for around a minute before the iPad started. Once it had been playing for a couple of minutes it would just go silent occasionally. Once I killed SqueezePad (pause wouldn't work), the classic started playing OK.


I've bought the in-app purchase anyway, as I'm sure this'll get sorted!

I'm running 7.5.2 on WHS with a FLAC library. Please let me know what other info I can get to help debugging.

bluegaspode
2011-01-12, 12:57
Unfortunately the sync. is badly broken for me - is this a known issue?
Hi SadGamerGeek,
the App description states, that synchronization is not supported in SqueezePad.

I'm not sure yet, whether (good) synchronization will work at all on iPad ... it's got a totally different sound system (and timing features) compared to a SqueezeBox.

So while it might be easy to make streams start at the same time (which I might support in the next version), I'm not sure if it will ever be possible to have a good sync that survives the first minutes of playing stuff.

SadGamerGeek
2011-01-12, 13:17
Hi SadGamerGeek,
the App description states, that synchronization is not supported in SqueezePad.

I'm not sure yet, whether (good) synchronization will work at all on iPad ... it's got a totally different sound system (and timing features) compared to a squeezebox

That'll teach me not to read app descriptions!

That makes sense. It wasn't a massive deal for me, I'm very happy with it anyway!

bluegaspode
2011-01-14, 06:10
If there is any chance that UK App Store Commenter 'Peter Greenway' is reading this:

If playback is not working for you, please contact support(at)squeezepad@com
It doesn't help to leave a comment on the AppStore, where I cannot contact you.
Playback is working for everyone I know of - so you must have a very special problem that we can only solve by looking into your particular server install.

*sigh*

Thanks to anyone else that took a road where he could be helped ;)

pippin
2011-01-14, 06:23
This is one of the most annoying things about that review system: that you have no way to contact users leaving comments.
I'm seeing the same: for some reason most people writing bad comments don't even try to contact you for help.

It's not so much about the bad comments (in the long run you can't avoid some and it doesn't matter if there are enough good ones) but often it's stuff where you immediately see that with a simple hint (like e.g. RTFFAQ or RTFAppDescription) you could help them solve their problem and make another user happy but there is no way you can do that...

In the early days I even contacted Apple and sent them my comments (again, not claiming wrong reviews or anything, just giving indications how particular issues could be solved) but they said they will generally not forward this to the user but they expect the user to contact service himself :(

bluegaspode
2011-02-05, 11:51
So...how much more work to make the flac decoding happen client-side? I'm not complaining, mind you. My $4.99 is on it's way to you (and to Steve).

Small update on this one.
SqueezePad 1.7.2 was sent to Apple on last weekend - so I expect it to turn up on the store this week. One of the features I implemented is FLAC decoding directly on the iPad. This comes along with gapless playback and a working syncing feature :)

So keeping fingers crossed that Apple soon starts to review the new version!

browellm
2011-02-05, 16:37
Small update on this one.
SqueezePad 1.7.2 was sent to Apple on last weekend - so I expect it to turn up on the store this week. One of the features I implemented is FLAC decoding directly on the iPad. This comes along with gapless playback and a working syncing feature :)

So keeping fingers crossed that Apple soon starts to review the new version!

That is fantastic, thanks! I love Squeezepad (and iPeng) :)

pippin
2011-02-06, 04:41
Looks a bit like Apple doesn't do reviews on weekends anymore.
I submitted the two iPengs a few hours apart last week, iPeng for iPhone was reviewed and accepted Friday and iPeng for iPad is still waiting for review now.

bluegaspode
2011-02-06, 05:46
I never got the impression that they review on weekends. But then I'm also not as long in this business as you are.

pippin
2011-02-06, 06:46
I've definitely had Apps reviewed on weekends in the past.

bluegaspode
2011-02-11, 00:57
Hurray, it's my birthday today!

And guess what - you don't need to prepare any presents, because I thought I just make a present for you!

SqueezePad 1.7.2 will be available on your AppStore now.

Version 1.7.2 adds the following enhancements:

a small favorites button now appears on the bottom of the left menu, giving you fast access to your favorites from every menu
playback now supports native FLAC decoding: saves a lot of bandwidth when you have a FLAC library
gapless playback: when you have a playlist, Squeezepad already starts to download the next song in the background. As you are used from your Squeezebox one song then starts right after the other without any gaps
playback synchronization support: yes you can sync the iPad now to another Squeezebox and they will start their streams (almost) simultaneously.
Then - as the song progresses the streams get in sync even more.
Please note that the iPad audio-system is very different to that of a SqueezeBox though - sometimes it takes 15-30 seconds until the streams can be fully synced.
fixed a small bug when on rare occasions the 'connection' window did not disappear


As always: if anything is not working as you expect don't hesitate to contact support (at) squeezepad.com. If you just write an AppStore comment I have no chance to ask you important questions about your environment. And most of the time it's the environment that causes trouble ;)


By the way: you might notice the new favorites button has the shape of a heart. All men out there: pretend it's your valentines day gift!
To all woman - of course I did it just for YOU :D

One further notice: after more than 6 big feature releases in just 6 months (take a ride back in history in my blog: http://www.squeezepad.com/blog/) me and my family decided to take a short break (4 - 6 weeks) from iPad programming.
After that (based on the poll http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=83106 and feature requests I also often receive by mail) I'll be starting out to implement:
- a portrait mode
- improved support for player synchronization
- some way to give you bigger images to scroll through the albums of your library.


Stay tuned … and have a lot of fun with SqueezePad …

bluegaspode
2011-03-30, 17:04
SqueezePad 1.7.3 finally made it to the AppStore.

The biggest improvement/change/bugfix is that SqueezePad is now compatible with version 7.6 and 7.5.4 again (lets see and wait how long).
Logitech made me get some more gray hair in March. One change breaking SqueezePad after the other was introduced (some changes even affected iPeng for a while). You can review the timeline in my blog (http://www.squeezepad.com/2011/03/problems-with-beta-versions-of-squeezebox-server/)

To be fair: one could argue that most of this was due to bugs in SqueezePad (which were not visible before as previous server versions just didn't use all features they were sort of allowed to use).

Well I'm still a bit grumpy that some of these changes also happened on the maintenance version 7.5.x but then again I'm happy that everything is resolved now!

Then we also have two other minor bugfixes:
- WiMP support: adding favorites via the context-menu of the playlist-window is working now
- iPad playback: pausing a song now isn't setting iPad volume to 0 anymore

As always: if anything is not working as you expect don't hesitate to contact support(at)squeezepad.com.

Have a good time with SqueezePad!

bluegaspode
2011-04-16, 00:49
SqueezePad 1.7.4 arrived on the AppStore.

It has some minor bugfixes and modifications:

- when you use SqueezeSlave it will haven an icon now as well
- finetuning of context-menus for the current playing song and playlist. i.e. Thumbs Up/Down for Pandora is available again when you use the context menu on the big coverart
- album/folder names with brackets '][' now work again

bluegaspode
2011-04-16, 06:57
Just tried Napster using my SBserver, and probably because of transcoding, it works fine.
Can anyone with a Napster account report, if transcoding via a a Windows based server and then streaming to iPad still works?

pippin
2011-04-16, 08:02
Can anyone with a Napster account report, if transcoding via a a Windows based server and then streaming to iPad still works?

Can't comment on Windows based servers but it works with an Ubuntu server.

bluegaspode
2011-04-16, 09:42
Can't comment on Windows based servers but it works with an Ubuntu server.
I thought only Windows server could do transcoding of WMA to PCM?

pippin
2011-04-16, 11:24
Nope. You need faad for that on Linux.
And no, faad is GPL'ed, not for iPhone ;) James actually has it working but you can't put it on the store...

bluegaspode
2011-04-16, 11:53
Nope. You need faad for that on Linux.

I thought faad is AAC and Napster streams WMA ?

pippin
2011-04-16, 14:41
You are right.
PlayWMA (the plugin you need) uses MPlayer and the too I meant was ffmpeg.

arw
2011-05-13, 11:44
SqueezePad 1.7.4 arrived on the AppStore.

It has some minor bugfixes and modifications:

- when you use SqueezeSlave it will haven an icon now as well
- finetuning of context-menus for the current playing song and playlist. i.e. Thumbs Up/Down for Pandora is available again when you use the context menu on the big coverart
- album/folder names with brackets '][' now work again

Hello,
Can anyone tell me how to access the Pandora Thumbs Up/Down and context menu on the big coverart? I am new to SqueezePad and the forum. Running 1.7.4. Thanks.

bluegaspode
2011-05-13, 12:02
A long press on the big cover will get you to the context menu.
There you'll see the Pandora Thumbs Up/Down menu items!

Raptor
2011-06-06, 05:32
I've been using SqueezePad with the playback function since November and find it extremely useful.

When I'm listening on the iPad I often use Splashtop Remote Desktop to connect to my PC. Once connected, the playback quietens then disappears. It also does this when I switch to a web page with sound, e.g. tvcatchup.

I suspect this is because the iPad is switching its sound input source to the remote PC or web page.

There doesn't appear to be any iPad or Splashtop settings to change this behaviour and I was wondering if there is any way this could be controlled by SqueezePad?

Simon.

bluegaspode
2011-06-06, 07:41
I suspect this is because the iPad is switching its sound input source to the remote PC or web page.

On iPad always the last App started that says 'I want to play some sound' will silence all previous Apps.

So unless one of these other Apps indeed has a 'mute' button I'm afraid there won't be a solution to your problem :(

Raptor
2011-06-09, 05:22
On iPad always the last App started that says 'I want to play some sound' will silence all previous Apps.

So unless one of these other Apps indeed has a 'mute' button I'm afraid there won't be a solution to your problem :(

Yep, as I suspected, but thanks for replying anyway.

I'll see if the nice people at Splashtop can help.

Totally off topic but lucky you living in Berlin, it's a great city! Saw U2 there back in 1993, and again a couple of years ago. How it's changed in all those years...

Simon.

bluegaspode
2011-06-09, 05:41
Saw U2 there back in 1993, and again a couple of years ago. How it's changed in all those years...


Drastically, indeed :D
If you give it a visit again, you won't find one brick where it's used to be.

Don't know if U2 is here again anytime soon ... but David Hasselhoff tried to return recently, haha!

Dave Edwards
2011-06-11, 00:26
Hi,

I have purchased SqueezePad and am very happy with it - it is an excellent app and the best way I have found to manage my Squeezebox.

I have one question / issue.....

Is there a way to completely stop playback of a file using SqueezePad?

Hitting the pause button on the playback screen pauses it ok, however, I can't find a way to actually stop playback. Holding the pause button down doesn't seem to do anything.

I use a low power Linux box to run Squeezecentre with an external USB powered HDD. When a track is paused, it still keeps a file handle open to the file (visible using lsof).

As a result, the USB drive does not power down.

The only way I can stop the file completely is to walk to the Squeebox Boom itself and hold the pause key to stop playback completely. Powering off the Boom (from either SqueezePad of the physical the power button on the Boom itself) has no effect.

Thanks for your help.

Dave

bluegaspode
2011-06-11, 03:54
Hi Dave,

I never considered that a user needs to completely stop playback, so right now it's not possible in SqueezePad.

There is a workaround for your problem though: if you enter the Web-Interface of your server and then go to the settings, there is an option 'Power On Resume' under Player->Audio.

Here you can configure, that your player will stop, when you power off the device.
Powering Off is two taps in SqueezePad: Home Menu button on the bottom left and then the corresponding menu item.

Does this help for your scenario?

Dave Edwards
2011-06-11, 06:36
Hi,

Thank you for the very quick response.

Yes, I think this workaround will work for me. I've tried it and the file handle is closed ok when powering the device off after making the change to the player preferences.

Thanks again for your support.

Dave

Dave Edwards
2011-06-12, 06:48
This workaround works well on real Squeezeboxes (Boom, SB2, etc). However, it does not work when using the iPad / SqueezePad itself as the playback device. The file handle remains open in this case, even after powering off the iPad completely.

The Squeezeserver setting to stop the track on pause only works for a real Logitech device and not for the ipad. It doesn't apply when trying to set it for the iPad.

I guess I'll just have to make sure I always play a track until the end and not pause mid track when using the iPad as playback device.

Dave

bluegaspode
2011-06-12, 08:23
Will look if I find an easy way to solve the problem in one of the next version.
Will also keep an eye on my own USB drive when I'm home next week, not sure right now if I never realized that it won't spin down because it's in another room.

Webkemmi
2011-06-16, 13:01
Sorry, one question:
how can I switch on the alphabetical index within the album or artist list?
This index is shown on the screenshots in the app store but not on my iPad!

Thanks
Stefan

bluegaspode
2011-06-16, 13:43
Hi Webkemmi,

it's unfortunately missing right now when you use the nightly 7.6 beta version, as Logitech changed the protocol a little bit compared to the official 7.5.

There is an update fixing this issue already waiting for Apples Review.
I uploaded it already on June 4th, Apple change the status to 'In Review' on June 9th.
I have absolutely no clue what they are doing so long :(, asked them yesterday about it, but got no answer *sigh*

See me cursing about that review process ...

I guess/hope it won't take much longer and the new version can be released this weekend so that also 7.6 users will get back their index.

Webkemmi
2011-06-16, 14:01
Good news, thank you for the quick answer!
I can stop searching for a setting to switch the index on now ;-))

bluegaspode
2011-06-18, 00:43
Version 1.7.5 finally got reviewed by Apple

Here is the list of enhancements

alphabetic index-bar now works again with the beta 7.6 Squeezebox server
finetuning of alphabetic index-bar: letters with diacritics (, etc) don't start new sections. More finetuning done on the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish alphabet with correct handling of , , , and
the Settings menu was extended with a menu-item to rescan your music library. No need to start the web-interface anymore after you added songs to your library.
SqueezePad registers a custom URL on your iPad and can be started with 'squeezepad://'. This can be used to integrate SqueezePad into other remote control applications.
improved menu loading: on rare occasions the menu didn't load when selecting a player the first time


As always: if anything is not working as you expect don't hesitate to contact me here or at support(at)squeezepad.com. Just writing an AppStore comment often does not help as I need to ask you specific questions about your environment and usage patterns of SqueezePad.

gtcharlie
2011-07-19, 07:51
Just wanted to chime in with my appreciation for both the sale you are currently conducting and the quality of your app. Just purchased squeezepad yesterday and spent a good part of the day playing with it. I should start by saying I have had ipeng on my iphone for quite some time now and have used it exclusively to control my squeezebox. It too is a very good app and I considered purchasing it for my ipad also but when I saw your sale I could not resist. Glad I didn't. Both apps have their strengths and I am happy to have one on each device. The speed and simplicity of squeezepad is certainly very much appreciated. Essentially involved zero learning curve for myself and the rest of the family. Within 5 minutes of looking at the app my 10 year old son had mastered it and was rocking the house with his favorite classic rock.

One question I have (and I asked of Pippen of ipeng fame also) is a limitation that I think is on Rhapsody's part and not the app but I will ask anyway. I have a great deal of playlists already composed in my Rhapsody library. Is there anyway in squeezepad to take individual songs off those playlists and add them to my queue? Currently I can get the whole list to display but holding down on an individual song does not present the option to do anything with it. I realize I can load the whole playlist and then delete what I don't want to hear but some of my playlists are quite long and removing 50 or 100 songs is quite tedious.

Thanks for any help you can give me and once again job well done. I hope a large number of people take advantage of your sale making a well priced app a great priced one.

bluegaspode
2011-07-19, 10:13
The speed and simplicity of squeezepad is certainly very much appreciated. Essentially involved zero learning curve for myself and the rest of the family. Within 5 minutes of looking at the app my 10 year old son had mastered it and was rocking the house with his favorite classic rock.

Thanks a lot for mentioning it. This is one of the main design goals of SqueezePad and not always easy to achieve, because this always comes at the cost of doing very hard decisions of what to leave out (and annoying some very advanced users because of that).
I'm always very happy about App Store comments by the way :)


One question I have (and I asked of Pippen of ipeng fame also) is a limitation that I think is on Rhapsody's part and not the app but I will ask anyway. I have a great deal of playlists already composed in my Rhapsody library. Is there anyway in squeezepad to take individual songs off those playlists and add them to my queue? Currently I can get the whole list to display but holding down on an individual song does not present the option to do anything with it.
This is indeed a limitation of Rhapsody. The context menu and all menus is completely controlled by the Squeezebox Server. I don't have much influence on that.

gtcharlie
2011-07-19, 10:55
Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately it was what I had anticipated.

Just posted my review on the app store pretty much restating my post here minus the Rhapsody part. I realize that is out of your control as it was with the ipeng app.