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suggestion for an RPi music server+player

KaLam1ty

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Another one here on the piCorePlayer + Material UI train.

I find it to be the most robust platform, with very little latency and usability issues with UI/UX. It's very quick to operate and feels very much like a native app, despite being web operated. I found both Moode and Volumio absolutely hated browsing of large libraries on slower phones/tablets. Their UIs are not nearly as customizable, either.

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Gee2

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Not sure how lean Moode and Volumio are but: "piCorePlayer is built on a very small linux distro which is only about 12 MB, known as piCore Linux. It boots very fast and it is running entirely in RAM, it doesn't write to the SD-card unless you want to save a new setting. Therefore, pCP is very robust and you can simply pull the power without any risk of corruption of your SD card."
 

tsengf

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Running LMS (native, not through PiCorePlayer) on rpi4 with 64-bit raspbian OS. Also installed squeezelite as player on same rpi. USB of rpi is connected to audio equipment. You can control LMS with any browser (on desktop or phone). Material skin is much nicer than the default option.
 
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nsfgp

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Wino

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Tried Volumio/Moode and settled on LMS/PiCorePlayer ... no going back ... Material Skin is just a perfect UI IMHO. Runs greats on a pi2B and never had any issue USB out to any DAC. I don't even have a great quality microSD card.
On Android device I recommend you install the Material Skin Wrapper App: https://github.com/CDrummond/lms-material-app
On PC there is Squeezelite-X: https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?108550-Announce-Squeezelite-X

I prefer Squeeze Ctrl app on android to Material Skin, but haven't used Material Skin in a while. Have compared them? What does the Material Skin Wrapper App give you?
 

Ralph_Cramden

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I prefer Squeeze Ctrl app on android to Material Skin, but haven't used Material Skin in a while. Have compared them? What does the Material Skin Wrapper App give you?
Since the Material Skin only requires a browser, it's a far better UE than any Android app on my Chromebook, most of which only operate in portrait mode. It also works beautifully on my iPhone.

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nsfgp

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I prefer Squeeze Ctrl app on android to Material Skin, but haven't used Material Skin in a while. Have compared them? What does the Material Skin Wrapper App give you?
I will try out Squeeze Ctrl when I got some time. Thanks for suggesting it.
The Material Skin App wrapper is just like putting your web browser page into one of your home screen app. Just a little easier to manipulate/use in full screen. It is the exact same Material skin/core. Using browser is just fine as it is also easy to make your page into an app button/icon. In all my Android devices I use the App Wrapper. But subtle difference only.
EDIT: forgot to add with the wrapper app I can scan/switch between multiple LMS servers (I have 2) and I never have to know/remember the host/IP/etc. of my LMS. Pretty handy little extra over using browser.
 
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