Squeezebox Controller

An Apple iPhone or iPad 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.

Without any additional apps, you can use the Safari browser on your iOS device to 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 three iOS controller apps for iPhone and iPad that you might like to try out. One is free and the others cost money. The prices vary, but none of these apps cost more than 10 euros/dollars/pounds

  • iPeng ($)
  • Logitech Squeezebox Controller (free)
  • SqueezePad ($)
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 iTunes 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 the app from the App store 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 find your server automatically. (Usually it's painless, but if the app asks you, you may need 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 iPhone or iPad, 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 Airplay or Bluetooth to play music through a suitably equipped stereo system. It's also possible to connect via USB to a powered USB DAC but you then need a dock to make it easy to charge the battery and play back at the same time.

The most popular playback apps for iOS are actually in-app purchases designed to work with specific controller apps. 

  • iPeng Playback ($) is an in-app purchase that works with iPeng
  • SqueezePad Playback ($) is an in-app purchase that works with SqueezePad.
With a player installed you can control the music on your Android in any of three ways:
  • Using the 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 Android 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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