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    Using an old iPhone (5) as a streamer to a Bluetooth device

    I have a number of players, howver the Squeezebox Radio I have been using in my BBQ Shack seems to have died a death. Not powering on either under battery or mains, I have swapped batteries with another radio and the charging leads and still no joy :-( I will put a post in the Radio forum seeing what folks think about trying to repair.....

    So I am looking at the potential alternatives. My server is running on a Synology DS209+ NAS (Logitech Media Server Version: 7.9.0 - 023.1090 @ Wed Jul 20 12:03:07 UTC 2016.....yes I know it needs an upgrade but its getting round to it plus I think it was a Synology package).

    I have an old iPhone 5 lie-ing around, I was thinking to use that a conduit to a external IPX7 (W-King possibly) Bluetooth speaker, Wifi to the shack is good. Music on the NAS is a collection of MP3 and FLAC format - from what I've read the iOS10 (which the iphone 5 runs) doesn't support FLAC natively so needs a player.....so was thinking of an App to "play" the tracks on the phone and then Bluetooth to the speaker......

    So questions - which software will do that for me - a quick search of the old Wiki seems to show only iPeng in existence now. On my Android phone I have Squeezer and SqueezePlayer. I don't really want to use my own phone as it would mean it would always need to stay in the shack whilst playing - plus it also has the Govee light strip app which connects via Bluetooth so if I want to change my light settings the music would stop!

    Of course any other suggestions to suitable players - possibly Wifi enabled so could connect direct to the NAS most welcome (with any suggestions for iOS apps to control the music!) will be most welcome.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Using an old iPhone (5) as a streamer toa Bluetooth device

    I am using picoreplayer on a Pi with bluetooth - works perfectly.

    Bluetooth is build in, and whenever the speaker connects, it stats playing.

    Rainer

    > On 26 Jan 2021, at 10:32, Pieman1972 <Pieman1972.9w2uan (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    > I have a number of players, howver the Squeezebox Radio I have been
    > using in my BBQ Shack seems to have died a death. Not powering on either
    > under battery or mains, I have swapped batteries with another radio and
    > the charging leads and still no joy :-( I will put a post in the Radio
    > forum seeing what folks think about trying to repair.....
    >
    > So I am looking at the potential alternatives. My server is running on a
    > Synology DS209+ NAS (Logitech Media Server Version: 7.9.0 - 023.1090 @
    > Wed Jul 20 12:03:07 UTC 2016.....yes I know it needs an upgrade but its
    > getting round to it plus I think it was a Synology package).
    >
    > I have an old iPhone 5 lie-ing around, I was thinking to use that a
    > conduit to a external IPX7 (W-King possibly) Bluetooth speaker, Wifi to
    > the shack is good. Music on the NAS is a collection of MP3 and FLAC
    > format - from what I've read the iOS10 (which the iphone 5 runs) doesn't
    > support FLAC natively so needs a player.....so was thinking of an App to
    > "play" the tracks on the phone and then Bluetooth to the speaker......
    >
    > So questions - which software will do that for me - a quick search of
    > the old Wiki seems to show only iPeng in existence now. On my Android
    > phone I have Squeezer and SqueezePlayer. I don't really want to use my
    > own phone as it would mean it would always need to stay in the shack
    > whilst playing - plus it also has the Govee light strip app which
    > connects via Bluetooth so if I want to change my light settings the
    > music would stop!
    >
    > Of course any other suggestions to suitable players - possibly Wifi
    > enabled so could connect direct to the NAS most welcome (with any
    > suggestions for iOS apps to control the music!) will be most welcome.
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    >
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrug View Post
    I am using picoreplayer on a Pi with bluetooth - works perfectly.

    Bluetooth is build in, and whenever the speaker connects, it stats playing.

    Rainer
    Same here Raspberry Pi (piCorePlayer) > Bluetooth > Amazon Echo Show 8.
    Server - LMS 8.2.0 Pi4B 4GB/Argon one case/pCP v7.0.1 - 75K library, playlists & LMS cache on SSD (ntfs)
    Study - Pi3B/pCP 7.0.1/pi screen/AlloBoss DAC HAT/Ruark MR1 Mk2
    Lounge - Pi2/pCP 6.0.0 > HiFiBerry DIGI+ > AudioEngine DAC1 > AVI DM5
    Dining Room - Pi3B/pCP/Bluetooth/Echo Show 8
    Garage - DAC32 > Edifier speakers

    Spares - 2xTouch, 1xSB Radio. 1xSB3, 6xRPi

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    Iĺve got an iPod Touch from that era and it still has a working install of iPeng which will play FLAC.
    Not sure you can still install it though
    VB2.4 storage QNAP TS419p (NFS)
    Living Room Joggler & Pi4/Khadas -> Onkyo TXNR686 -> Celestion F20s
    Office Joggler & Pi3 -> Denon RCD N8 -> Celestion F10s
    Dining Room SB Boom
    Kitchen UE Radio (upgraded to SB Radio)
    Bedroom (Bedside) Pi Zero+DAC ->ToppingTP21 ->AKG Headphones
    Bedroom (TV) & Bathroom SB Touch ->Denon AVR ->Mordaunt Short M10s + Kef ceiling speakers
    Guest Room Joggler > Topping Amp -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes
    Everything controlled by iPeng & Material on iOS

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    Thanks for the answers so far - iPeng is showing on the AppStore will do a bit more digging.....Cheers!

    Will also look at the Pi side of things.....

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    A speaker with AirPlay and the AirPlay bridge plugin?

    No iThings needed.

    https://www.whathifi.com/audio-pro/addon-c3/review
    Last edited by bernt; 2021-01-27 at 03:48.
    SB Touch optical to Hegel H90, Speakers Larsen 4.2
    Spare SB3
    AirPlay Bridge to Audio Pro A10
    Squeezelite-x connected to home LMS with ZeroTier One.
    SB Radio
    ReadyNAS 202
    iPeng

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