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  • iPeng for iPhone 1.2.8 in the App Store

    After all that iPeng for iPad stuff here's another release for iPeng for iPhone, too.

    iPeng 1.2.8 is a maintenance update that includes several bug fixes and smaller improvements:

    Fixes:
    • iPeng no longer stays active in the background under iOS4.

    Improvements:
    • iPeng now loads cover art faster so that artwork already available in the cache will usually already show while scrolling. It starts with the loading earlier and also does it in a separate thread. The downside is that scrolling on first generation iOS devices could be a bit slower than before.
    • iPeng checks for availability of MySqueezebox.com and manually configured music sources during each wakeup so you no longer have to re-start the App from the task bar in case it was started without any network connection. It still can't fix the issue that iPhone/iTouch sometimes don't wake up the WiFi connection but it keeps trying - usually it will succeed at least when all timers run out - unfortunately that's only after two minutes.
    • Long title-lists across several albums now also have an alphabet index. This is another iPeng-for-iPad backport. It affects mainly lists of many albums unter an artist, the typical example is Artists->Various Artists->All Tracks
    • iPeng now tries to ignore erroneous sorting in lists including foreign characters. This is especially important on some Windows platforms
    • Missing playback menu items in some RadioTime menus added. This is actually a bug in SBS/MySB which doesn't have playback commands in the context menus but iPeng now works around this by adding it's own playback commands (Play, Add and Add Next).
    Last edited by pippin; 2010-11-02, 01:07.
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    learn more about iPeng, the iPhone and iPad remote for the Squeezebox and
    Logitech UE Smart Radio as well as iPeng Party, the free Party-App,
    at penguinlovesmusic.com
    New: iPeng 9, the Universal App for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

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    • [Announce] iPeng 1.2.5 now on the App Store

      On 11/1/2010 8:05 PM, pippin wrote:
      > After all that iPeng for iPad stuff here's another release for iPeng for
      > iPhone, too.
      >
      > iPeng 1.2.8 is a maintenance update that includes several bug fixes and
      > smaller improvements:


      Thanks, Pippin; downloaded and running on my 3GS with iOS4. Looks good
      so far!

      Bill

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      • Originally posted by pippin
        Fixes:
        • iPeng no longer stays active in the background under iOS4.
        Do you mean it will terminate once you press the home-button? I thought running in the background was one of the best features in the last few releases, as commands can be send to the server almost immediately after opening up iPeng again.
        Touch, Marantz SR5004, Harman Kardon HKTS11 in living room
        Duet in kitchen and bathroom
        Radio in bedroom and study
        SB Server 7.7.2 running on a Synology DS1812+ NAS
        iPhone running iPeng and iPad running iPengHD

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        • I upgraded but now I dont see artwork anymore in the lists. I already tried rebooting my iphone and flushed the cash. Server version is 7.5.1 - r30836. ios 4.1 on iphone 4

          Does anybody else see this?

          update: If you see this then delete ipeng and and download it again from the appstore. It worked ok then for me.
          Last edited by )p(; 2010-11-02, 09:44.

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          • Originally posted by hvb83
            Do you mean it will terminate once you press the home-button? I thought running in the background was one of the best features in the last few releases, as commands can be send to the server almost immediately after opening up iPeng again.
            No, that's not what it means.
            The "normal" background behavior under iOS4 for an App is to go to sleep and wake up at the same point when you bring it back to the foreground, e.g by "restarting" it.
            These Apps are not actually running in the background, they just continue where you left them and they keep their data in memory - until you run into a low-memory condition with other apps and it really gets terminated by the OS.

            That's not what iPeng 1.2.7 did, though. 1.2.7 REALLY kept running in the background. It's supposed to do this whenever album/artist/genre data caching is incomplete because anything else can cause trouble with slow servers or big libraries however it never terminated that mode, even whenever cache syncing was long finished.
            This drained the battery a lot.
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            learn more about iPeng, the iPhone and iPad remote for the Squeezebox and
            Logitech UE Smart Radio as well as iPeng Party, the free Party-App,
            at penguinlovesmusic.com
            New: iPeng 9, the Universal App for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

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            • This looks like a great app. Just wondering, are there any plans to port this to Windows Phone 7?

              I'd really like to be able to use my Windows Phone 7 to type in the names of artists I want to search in Spotify for on my Squeezebox Duet and Boom devices...happy to pay good money for it too!

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              • Currently I have no such plans.
                If Windows Phone turns out to be a big success I might change my mind but in any case this would be quite a big development and one I almost certainly would not do myself, Windows is too different from iOS, even if I don't really know the Windows Phone environment.

                Sebastian, the author of SlimControl (for Win Mobile) would probably be closer be he has already stated that he would also first have to look at how different things are in WP.
                ---
                learn more about iPeng, the iPhone and iPad remote for the Squeezebox and
                Logitech UE Smart Radio as well as iPeng Party, the free Party-App,
                at penguinlovesmusic.com
                New: iPeng 9, the Universal App for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

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                • Originally posted by pippin
                  Currently I have no such plans.
                  If Windows Phone turns out to be a big success I might change my mind but in any case this would be quite a big development and one I almost certainly would not do myself, Windows is too different from iOS, even if I don't really know the Windows Phone environment.

                  Sebastian, the author of SlimControl (for Win Mobile) would probably be closer be he has already stated that he would also first have to look at how different things are in WP.
                  Much obliged. Good luck with the continued development of the app.

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                  • Originally posted by pippin
                    No, that's not what it means.
                    The "normal" background behavior under iOS4 for an App is to go to sleep and wake up at the same point when you bring it back to the foreground, e.g by "restarting" it.
                    These Apps are not actually running in the background, they just continue where you left them and they keep their data in memory - until you run into a low-memory condition with other apps and it really gets terminated by the OS.

                    That's not what iPeng 1.2.7 did, though. 1.2.7 REALLY kept running in the background. It's supposed to do this whenever album/artist/genre data caching is incomplete because anything else can cause trouble with slow servers or big libraries however it never terminated that mode, even whenever cache syncing was long finished.
                    This drained the battery a lot.
                    Great clarification. I had the same concern when I read the update comment.

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                    • Tested it yesterday, works great, thanks for the update Pippin!

                      Btw, are you planning on implanting an id3-editor in iPeng (perhaps the iPad version?)? I know this won't solve wrong tags in your database instantly because I'll have to run a scan again, but as I browse through my library I sometimes stumble upon files (perhaps only 0,5%, but still) that have typos in their tags. Being able to edit them on the spot would be something that I would use very often.
                      Touch, Marantz SR5004, Harman Kardon HKTS11 in living room
                      Duet in kitchen and bathroom
                      Radio in bedroom and study
                      SB Server 7.7.2 running on a Synology DS1812+ NAS
                      iPhone running iPeng and iPad running iPengHD

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                      • That would not work.
                        Remember iPeng never actually "sees" your real files, it only has access to the music library through Squeezebox Server and SBS doesn't allow the changing of tracks.

                        I would love such a feature, too, maybe we should try to find somebody who could write a plugin that does this.
                        However, I know a lot of people, including the Logitech team shied away from this due to the potential danger of damaging the actual files.
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                        learn more about iPeng, the iPhone and iPad remote for the Squeezebox and
                        Logitech UE Smart Radio as well as iPeng Party, the free Party-App,
                        at penguinlovesmusic.com
                        New: iPeng 9, the Universal App for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

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