Squeezeplay behaves very much like the Logitech Touch, except it runs on your desktop or laptop computer. It's ideal for a desktop player. Run it on your Mac and you can have access to your entire Squeezebox library and playlists as you work, without filling your Mac's hard drive. That's important these days if you use a MacBook Pro or Air with a Solid State Drive!

The following installation notes describte the installation of = SqueezePlay-7.8.0r328.dmg on OS/X 10.9.4 (Mavericks). The latest version of Squeezeplay can for OS/X can be downloaded from https://code.google.com/p/squeezeslave/downloads/list.

The entire process of loading and setting up Squeezeplay on your Mac should take less than 15 minutes.

  1. Go to https://code.google.com/p/squeezeslave/downloads/list, select the Mac OS X version and click to download the .dmg file. 
  2. When the download is complete, find the .dmg you just downloaded, and double click on it.
  3. Drag the .app file into your applications folder. Now you're finished with the .dmg you can eject it.
  4. Go to your applications folder and fire up Squeezeplay. 
  5. You're up and running.
  6. "What?" you ask. "No configuration?" Not really. You set your audio output for the Mac in the normal Mac way. Plug in a headphone and the Mac sends the audio to your analog out for the headphone. Plug in an optical Toslink to the same jack and it will send a digital stream to your DAC. If that works and you're happy, go to step 12.
  7. However, if you want to use a USB DAC, or audio over HDMI, you have to tell it where you want those audio bits to go, because now there's a choice. So if you don't already know about the weirdly named application "Audio MIDI Setup.app", nows the time to make friends with it.
  8. Go to Applications / Utilities and launch Audio MIDI Setup. (Note 1)
  9. If you only use the built-in output that's the only Output choice you will see. However, plug in an active HDMI connection (Note 2) or a USB modem and they will become Output choices too. Just choose the one you want.
  10. There - it's up and running. Dammit that was easy! 
  11. Oh oh, one more thing. While you're in Audi MIDI Setup, please choose an Output format. Whatever you set represents a compromise. (Note 3). I find a setting of 96000 Hz and 2-channel 24 bits works fine for most practical purposes. (Note 4)
  12. Your Squeezeplay app will find the server. (Note 5). They will handshake. You can now play music and relax.You can control the music from the server web interface, from the Squeezeplay interface, or from a controller on your smartphone. If all this took you more than the promised fifteen minutes, our apologies: sit down with a full glass and play something soothing.

Notes

  1. Please, someone out there, give us one good reason why Audio MIDI Setup, an essential system utility, isn't sitting there inside MAC System Preferences, where it dam' well belongs.)
  2. Check your Mac's specifications. Older models do not support audio over HDMI. If your Mac doesn't support it, you won't see HDMI in Audio MIDI Setup.
  3. It's a compromise because OS/X should really be able to send your audio stream to your highly capable external DAC in its native resolution, and not mess it around first. How much of a compromise this is depends how good your playback equipment and ears are. For most people a selection of 24 bits and 96 kHz sampling rate is fairly safe. Discussion of this would be a big distraction. Let's keep it easy for now. 24/96 will work. Tweaking can come later.
  4. You can play around with the Audio MIDI Setup settings for Output format while music is playing. That allows you to check what impact different settings have ... for your ears, using your Mac, and your playback gear.
  5. The squeezeplay software is simple and very stable. In our experience if the Squeezebox Server is up and running and visible on the network, then Squeezeplay will find it. If you can access the server via your web browser, then Squeezeplay should connect. If you have more than one server you can switch from the Squeezeplay menu: My Music / Switch Library.

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