iPeng - home audio happiness!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by dugbee, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. dugbee macrumors regular

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    I felt compelled to write something about iPeng, because it has finally enabled me to reach the home audio happiness I've been seeking.

    http://penguinlovesmusic.de/

    One of the reasons I bought my iPhone was for iTunes Remote. I have a music server that's connected to two different rooms in my house. Prior to the iPhone, the server was running Firefly, and the clients were either a Roku Soundbridge or my PS3.

    That was less than ideal, as I'd rather be able to sit on the couch and control the music directly, like a Sonos, but minus the cost. :) iTunes Remote fit that bill very well.

    Unfortunately the one problem I have with the setup is iTunes itself. I'll spare the political details, but in short:
    - I wanted more file formats (WMA, native FLAC, etc)
    - I want a single button to rescan my entire library, quickly.
    - A plugin architecture would be nice.
    - Not have to use iTunes. (ok, so a little political)

    Now on the server-side, this is easily accomplished with SqueezeBoxServer:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox_Server

    And use SqueezePlay (on the same machine) as a software renderer, meaning you don't need to own a hardware SqueezeBox unit to use the server software:
    http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/SqueezePlay

    iPeng adds the remote control ability. It also give you quite a bit more. I can now play (and control) Pandora, and have it piped through my stereo. I also have a subscription to Napster online, so I can browse and stream anything and everything from the library.

    To get the online services working, you need an account at mysqueezebox.com. And Pandora control only works for the paid version; but that's a Pandora restriction.

    I'm running this on an old Athlon XP (running WinXP) system, so the requirements aren't that stringent. The audio is sent via a Xitel Pro HiFi. I don't think they make that anymore, but it's a USB device that will let you output to optical, coax, and RCA simultaneously.

    I normally don't gush over a single app, but I'd urge anyone who is into home audio to give it a try.
     
  2. jrbdmb macrumors 6502

    jrbdmb

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    USA
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    Agree with the endorsement for iPeng.

    I have a setup with a Synology NAS running Squeezebox Server, a Squeezebox Classic hooked up to the home theater setup, a Squeezebox Boom for portable use, and SoftSqueeze software player (http://softsqueeze.sourceforge.net/) on the basement computer. iPeng handles all of these players without any fuss and saved me the $250 cost for a Logitech Squeezebox remote. Bravo iPeng!
     
  3. tjp888 macrumors regular

    tjp888

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    Oct 29, 2007
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    Great App

    Yup, I concur. If you have a Squeezebox you really should have iPeng.
    My slimserver is running on a Windows Home Server as a plug-in. Through iPeng I can control both my Squeezebox classic and Squeezebox radio.
    If I were to switch from an iPhone to something else - this is the app I would really miss! Guess I would have to buy an iTouch to replace it. :rolleyes:
     

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