... is the oldest of the bunch. It emulates an old SqueezeBox device.
After installation you will have to set the SqueezeBox Server information in SofttSqueeze Preferences / Networking. The software may or may not autodetect your server name or IP address. Although it is supposed to be able to find your server by its 'name' it won't always do so, in which case you can try the IP address of the server.
As far as I know, you cannot use SoftSqueeze to control other soft- or hardware players.
SoftSqueeze is no longer supported, or updated. It still works on my Windows XP box though.
SqeezeSlave is a small, console only program. It doesn't offer a fancy GUI. It's typically used on computers where you cannot or do not want to run SoftSqueeze.
To start SqueezeSlave with a simple build in user interface, assuming your SqueezeServer is at 192.168.0.72, enter the following at the command prompt:
C:\> squeezeslave -D 192.168.0.72If you plan to run SqueezeSlave on more than one machine, make sure to specify a 'mac' address (which must be unique), for example:
C:\> squeezeslave -D 192.168.0.72 --mac 00:00:00:00:00:22You can also use the Squeezebox Server web interface to control what SqueezeSlave is playing. To distinguish between multiple players on different machines, you can assign a name to each player using the same web interface.
For a list of all options:
C:\> squeezeslave -hPeople running a Linux box can send output to a display board attached to their PC. No such luck for Windows users though.
It is possible to launch SqueezeSlave as a service. I've used runassvc.exe (google for it) using the following command line:
runassvc -i --displayname "SqueezeSlave" --description "squeezebox player" --exe "c:\software\squeezeslave\squeezeslave.exe" --workingdir "c:\software\squeezeslave" --params "192.168.0.72 -m 00:00:00:00:00:22" --quietTo remove the service, look under installed software, for any entries called 'PirmaSoft'.
SqueezePlay is probably the best (software) player of them all. It's a bit harder to find (baffles me why there isn't a simple download button for it, with Logitech having abandoned SqueezeBox and all) but do a bit of googling and you'll end up with a working version. I (obviously :-)) googled for "where can I download a windows build of squeezeplay"... As a matter of convenience, I've added one copy of such a build to this website (nope, I did not build it myself): download SqueezePlay v7.8.
Install SqueezePlay and you'll end up with (something) like this:
Actually, anything that can handle a stream just might work, as the SqueezeBox server is also sending out an MP3 stream to anyone interested. Here's a quick example:
select your player, then feed it some music
MP3 streaming to Android
There is a streaming client available on the Google Play app market, but it isn't free :-(
Still, there is a way to feed your Android phone with some SqueezeServer goodness, by using the same stream mentioned above. As a player I've tried MX Player, the same player I've used to stream videos to my Android phone.
XBMC is an all in one app, turning your HTPC into a full featured media center. It's origins date back to a media front end for the old (hacked) X-box. It is a nice front-end, even though my first encounter with it was marred by crappy (menu) performance on an (otherwise) perfectly well working XP box. After upgrading to Windows 7 (something I'd been planning for a while now) and loading the latest 'Eden' release of XBMC it worked fine.
Update 1. The problem may be related to codec inconsistencies... On some XP systems I managed to fix the problem using a newer codec pack. Not on all systems though.
2. A complete reinstall of the OS fixed two machines. I wonder how long
it takes until XBMC starts complaining again :-)
XBMC also comes in a portable format, which you can either run from CD, USB stick, or a (small) harddisk, and it runs on various (some even older) hardware. (I even tried it on VirtualBox to check the installation procedure, just don't expect much performance :-)). The portable format is Linux based (saving you on licenses) and seems to run a little smoother than the Windows version, but... it may not run on all hardware.
Installation under VirtualBox showed a disk requirement of only 1.3 GB. One option is to install XBMC in a separate partition, next to Windows. Thus you won't have to struggle with Windows and codecs, and have your mediaplayer at hand whenever you feel the need to hit the couch... or whenever your spouse or your kids think they have the need for another dose of movie madness...
The Exit menu
If you simply want to exit XBMC by pressing the XBMC on/off button then modify the home.xml file of the skin of your choice.
There's one occurence of the following string:
<onclick>ActivateWindow(ShutdownMenu)</onclick>Just replace it with:
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VLC is the player of choice on a regular PC, best of all perhaps is the lack of need for coded packs, pretty much everything essential is on-board. It doesn't feature any 'on board' navigation tools that would make it a suitable all-in-one HTPC solution. In some cases VLC can be used as the 'backend' player, with another application acting as frontend.
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