Squeezebox Controller

An Android smartphone or tablet can easily be set up as a Squeezebox controller. A controller doesn't actually play any music: it allows you to control any playback device that is connected to your server. You can manage the current music, start and stop playback, and if the player you're controlling  is set up to control volume, you can do that too.

If you have a browser on your smartphone or tablet, then you can navigate to the Squeezebox Server web interface and control all your devices from there. This is the most functional method of controlling and managing devices. The browser interface lets you change settings on your server and players, and is the easiest and most flexible way to set up playlists and player synchronization.

But for some handheld devices with smaller screens, the browser is too big, and you may not need all that functionality. So you might consider getting a controller app that provides the basic functions in an easy to use format.

Here are some Android controller apps you might like to try out. Some are free and some cost money. The prices vary, but none of these apps cost more than 10 euros/dollars/pounds

  • Logitech Squeezebox Controller (free)
  • Orange Squeeze ($)
  • Squeezer (free)
  • Squeeze Commander ($)
  • Squeeze Controller (free)
  • Squeeze Ctrl ($)
We make no recommendations, as these all work, and your final choice will be a matter of your personal preference. We suggest you read some reviews on the Play Store.
Here's all you have to do to get going.
  • Using the device you want to set up, connect to the Internet and download and install the app of your choice.
  • Make sure your tablet or phone is connected to WiFi, to the LAN where your Squeezebox server is located.
  • Run the app. It should locate the server automatically. (If not, it will ask you, to enter the LAN IP address of your Squeezebox Server. It will be something like 192.168.2.X. Also, if your Squeezebox Server uses a non-standard port, you might have to enter that too. The standard port is :9000. Some NAS devices use :9001 or another port in the :9xxx range.)
  • The app will then discover all of the playback devices that are connected to the server. Just select the player you want to control ... and control it.

In most cases that's it.

Once set up you can sit anywhere in the house and control playback without having to use the Squeezebox Server web interface.

Squeezebox Playback

If you want to actually play your Squeezebox music through your Android device, you can do that too. With a PlayBack app installed, you can listen to music using headphones plugged into your phone/tablet, or you can use Bluetooth to play the music through a Bluetooth headset or a Bluetooth Audio Adapter connected to your music system. It's also possible to connect some Androids via USB to a powered USB DAC but older devices may not work that way. Also you will need a dock or a special cable so you can charge the battery and play back at the same time.

The most popular playback apps for Android are:

  • SB Player ($)
  • SqueezePlayer ($)
We have tried both of these successfully. Once again, check out the reviews. If you are interested in audio quality and not just convenience, either one of these is capable of streaming better-than-CD quality FLAC files to a capable external DAC - both of these handle 16 bits / 48 kHz material.
(However you should check the current specification for the app if this is important to you in this context.)
With a player installed you can control the music on your Android in any of three ways:
  • Using a controller app installed on the same Android device
  • Through the Squeezebox Server web interface
  • Through any other Squeezebox controller app or device connected to the same network, such as a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, SqueezePlay (Mac or Windows), or an iPhone/iPad running a controller app.
You have choices, and you don't have to choose just one - you can run several and choose whichever one is convenient for the task in hand.

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