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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: September 04, 2016, 04:52:15 AM »

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: June 25, 2016, 01:47:01 PM »

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:13:31 PM »
The software continues to evolve.

The latest version of the player software allows one to use it as a music server.

Put your music in FLAC or MP3 form on an external hard drive or thumb drive and plug it into any one of the players to serve that music to any other of the players in the system.

The user then doesn't have to worry about leaving a "real" computer on all day to serve the music.  Since the Pi board uses only a few watts of energy, this saves quite a bit of energy.

There's also plugins in to serve the Apple and Google Cast crowd.

All this is freeware allowing anyone to basically set up a streaming wi-fi touchscreen music system for the cost of the components ($150 per player or more if you get a high end DAC).

Free yourself from proprietary solutions that may be dead ends or expensive.

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:03:01 PM »

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: March 06, 2016, 06:18:28 AM »

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 27, 2015, 03:09:17 PM »

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:06:52 PM »

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 18, 2015, 02:31:27 PM »

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: December 06, 2015, 04:00:12 PM »
That's odd WinAmp won't work for you in Win10. The version I have installed is v5.666 Build 3516, and it runs fine.

Hmmmm...thanks for that info.  Motivates me to try again.

I built a nuc computer (i7, 16 GB RAM, 750 GB SSD) as my new music server and my internet radio station.  The laptop I was using worked well but at about two weeks of being left on the video drivers would stop working.

WinAmp and ShoutCast are the station components.  I kept getting a directsound error or when I eliminated the directsound plugin, WinAmp would just stall.  I searched the internet for solutions to that error and to problems with WinAmp and Win 10. 

Finally I just plugged in a pair of headphones.  Apparently Windows 10 knows whether or not there is headphone or speaker setup plugged in and WinAmp will give an error if nothing is found.

However, I can't find that documented anywhere (now it is.)

Thanks for making me keep trying.  :)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 28, 2015, 01:16:11 PM »
That's odd WinAmp won't work for you in Win10. The version I have installed is v5.666 Build 3516, and it runs fine.

Hmmmm...thanks for that info.  Motivates me to try again.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:01:09 PM »

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 26, 2015, 02:28:45 PM »
I forgot to mention that the touchscreen can also be used to control any of my other players:

Computers, Internet and Technology / Windows 10
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:01:44 PM »
Although my main PC is still Win 7, I have upgraded several PCs to Windows 10, all free of charge.


1.  Installation went well on all except one PC had a hard drive or hard drive partition that was not compatible.  That one stayed at Win 7.
2.  Upgrading with applications in place was wonky in at least one case.  I just reset the Win 10 installation and reinstalled my apps.
3.  The OS itself seems to be a hybrid of Win 7 and Win 8.  Much less of the unintuitive stuff that makes Win 8 hard at first.
4.  Windows 10 recently did a complete reinstall with a new version with a few new features.
5.  I have only found a couple of apps to be incompatible: WinAmp is one.
6.  Updates are loaded via a torrent-like process
7.  There is a voice-assistant which I don't use
8.  There are now virtual desktops built in
9.  The new Edge browser is super fast but doesn't support addons or extensions which makes it much less useful to me than Chrome or Firefox
10. Win 10 will run on almost any hardware going back 5-7 years or more.

I built a Nuc computer with an i7 processor, 16 gb of RAM and a M.2 boot drive.  That thing boots in 10 seconds to Windows 10.

I have been learning more about the "loudness war" in mastering music.

This seems much more of a degradation to music than MP3 vs CD vs high resolution.

Check this video:

and at least part of this one:

Anyone know why producers are ruining recorded music?

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:44:49 PM »
^^^ That looks pretty slick!

I bought a new place, and was having trouble with my Airplay dropping out; turns out it was conflicting with my other router.  So, I got one of these:

The sound is awesome, and it's on its own frequency, so networks are irrelevant.  The transmitter dongle acts as a sound card; I control itunes from my phone or ipad, just like with Airplay (but without drop-outs), and send the signal to a receiver dongle hooked to audio ins on my amp.  It even lets you transmit to multiple receivers, so you can stream music all over the house without the annoying lag of Bluetooth.  Highly recommend, especially for folks like me who can't solder like  ;-)

Looks good.  It's essentially a DAC that transmits by wireless to a receiver that connects to an amp or speakers.

1.  The cost is about the same as one of my touchscreen players
2.  No soldering is required for the player.  Just connect a few cables and ribbons, screw a few screws, and load some software from the internet onto a microSD card.  A 6 year old could do it easily.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 24, 2015, 05:00:00 AM »
I got all the parts for a touchscreen version of the player.  The wiring on the back (particularly the USB stuff) is a bit messy but I'll clean that up.

A child could easily build one of these.  When I was young, I build a ham radio from a kit by Heathkit.

Here's a few of the specs:

1.  Built with Raspberry Pi B+: a real computer available for less than 40 USD
2.  Bit-perfect reproduction of digital files which is fed to the digital analog converter (DAC) of your choice and price range
3.  Can handle high-res files
4.  Controlled by phone app, PC, tablet, or directly via the touchscreen
5.  Can easily be transformed into a portable device if you have one of those phone powerbank devices with a microUSB connector
6.  Handles all type of music files except possibly lossless Windows file
7.  Accesses and streams thousands of internet radio stations free of charge
8.  Can play Spotify, Tidal, and Pandora if you have a pay subscription
9.  A very robust forum where you can get and share info
10. This or another Raspberry Pi can be your server with the Squeezebox server software installed connected to a USB hard drive or thumb drive with your music on it.  If you use the same Raspberry Pi as a server and player, its a touchscreen boombox sort of thingie

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: November 21, 2015, 06:01:30 AM »

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 20, 2015, 05:48:36 PM »
Like others, I'm just using an enormous iTunes library assembled over many years.

I still listen to lots of CDs, but it's very convenient to have my big, organized library and many playlists available all over the house.

Squeezebox by Logitech is no longer made but many used pieces can be found on Ebay that work perfectly well.

A pretty good alternative is to make DIY Squeezebox players from a Raspberry Pi board, Wifi dongle, microSD card, micro-USB power supply and (most importantly) the DAC of your choice and price range.  Squeezebox software was donated to the community by Logitech when it closed down making units and it's still being improved.  Each unit without DAC will cost about $100 bucks but you add the DAC of your choice and either amplified speakers or plug it into your amplifier.

Squeezebox server software is c/w Mac, PC, and Linux and runs well with iTunes.

It is compatible with hi-res music files.

There is now Raspberry Pi LCD touch screen so my next player will have one of those.

Here's 3 of the 6 or so players I built:

Computers, Internet and Technology / Home Music Server
« on: September 05, 2015, 05:19:15 PM »
When I first posted about my Squeezebox music server, many folks expressed ongoing attachment to physical media such as CDs, cassettes, and vinyl.  Here we are several years later as music distribution has moved more and more toward files.  Even if you like CDs and buy them (like I do) they can be fodder for your server very easily in about 5 minutes/disc.

I guess I am wondering if forum folks have gotten onboard with one of the many file based systems available such as Sonos, Yamaha MusicCast, Cambridge, Samsung, Denon Heos, and if so, which one and what do you like and dislike about them.?

I'm in heaven with my now obselete Squeezebox system because I can listen to any song I want in almost every room in the house via an app on my phone or a tablet.  I can even play them through the phone or tablet or any computer in the house.  Of course the best place is in the living room with my best hi-fi amp and speakers.

Every song I play "scrobbles" to so that I or anyone else can see what I have played and how many times.

What's up for forum folks in 2015?

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: August 14, 2015, 09:46:52 AM »

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