SqueezePlug Version 7.09 released

April 19th, 2014

SqueezePlug Version 7.09 released:

Minor patch from 19.04.2014

Changelog:
- squeezelite.sh add missing firmware update for IQaudIO support
- mpd.sh add missing apt-get update before the installation

Please update your SqueezePlug from the setup menu: Type “setup” from the console and choose and then .

SqueezePlug future strategy

April 18th, 2014

Hi folks, a lot of you guys asked, so let me give you a brief explanation of my future strategy of SqueezePlug.

Supported hardware for SqueezePlug now and in future will be Raspberry Pi and Odroid U3. Both will support server and player functionality. Activities around the Wandboard devices will be dropped, I like the Odriod U3 device much more, they are less expensive and more powerful!

The main use for Raspberry Pi should be a low end alternative for LMS server and a low end player without a I2C DAC. With a I2C DAC (HiFiBerry, IQaudIO, Wolfson) it’s a high end audiophile player alternative. Odroid should be used as a high end server alternative and as well as a player. A combination of both devices makes sense, Odroid as server and Raspberry Pi as players for a multi room setup.

SqueezePlug will concentrate on the SqueezeBox (LMS) ecosystem so it will mainly support SqueezeBox Server and SqueezeLite Player. Some additional server and player products will also be supported, but this is not the focus. Shairplay will also be supported. AccesPoint functionality on all device is a goal, Raspberry already supports this, Odroid will follow.

SqueezePlug will also cooperate with PiCorePlayer (Steen) to make it easy to use SqueezePlug and piCorePlayer components together.

The installation and setup will stay as it is, using dialog for an easy and intuitive step by step setup. An alternative will be a Web-based installation and configuration. I’ll cooperate with the guys from max2play in future.

The guys from max2play will also sell products around the SqueezePlug software like the Odroid devices. Maybe they will also sell “ready to use” products like complete tailored servers and players. Shipping all over Europe will be possible, maybe as well a worldwide shipping is possible.

I hope you agree with this strategy, comments are welcome in the known forums.

Thomas

First Odroid U3 Image released

April 13th, 2014

Hi Folks,
I’m happy to announce the first Odroid U3 image for SqueezePlug.
This image is based on a xubuntu-13.10-Hard-Float based Version. The image will fit on a minimum 8 GB SD card or eMMC card coming with Odroid.

Login to SqueezePlug as always with user “root” and password “nosoup4u”. After login start the configuration with “setup”. First thing you should do after the initial setups is to expand the Root Filesystem from the Basic Configuration Menu. Choose from here.

The graphic desktop is disabled by default, if you like to enable it, choose from the Basic Configuration Menu and choose option <4>. After a restart, the graphical desktop will be started if you are connection directly with an attached HDMI monitor. You can switch between the graphic desktop and a terminal by pressing together. with you will reach the graphic desktop again. If you like to configure your network settings, do it from Xcfe, the graphic desktop. There is a confortable network-manager included, you can even configure your WLAN settings from here.

You will be impressed about the performance of SqueezePlug for Odriod, even if you use eMMC. I think it’s a great alternative to Raspberry Pi for Server, I like Raspberry Pi more as a player, because the multiple options for I2C soundcards.

This is the first version of SqueezePlug for Odroid, so don’t blame me if something goes wrong. Please inform me and I’ll find a solution. Some functions you know and love from SqueezePlug for Raspberry Pi are not included jet, maybe i’ll implement them in future.

You will find the image here:

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Have fun,
Thomas

P.S.: I think the image will also work on Odroid U2 but I can’t test it.

SqueezePlug Version 7.08 released

April 12th, 2014

SqueezePlug Version 7.08 released:

Minor patch from 12.04.2014
IQaudIO Soundcard support added

Changelog:
- squeezelite.sh add IQaudIO support

Please update your SqueezePlug from the setup menu: Type “setup” from the console and choose and then .

This patch gives you full support for the IQaudIO 24-bit/192kHz Soundcard for the Raspberry Pi.

IQaudIO Pi-DAC Features:

- Full-HD audio – up to 24-bit/192kHz playback
- Advanced mute, pop and click removal built-in
- I2S to reduce CPU load over USB audio solutions
- Integrated hardware volume control, full 2v RMS
- Raspberry Pi powered half size format
- Industry standard audio quality Phono connectors
- Class leading audio; 112db SNR, and -93db THD
- Audiophile TI Burr Brown 32-bit/384kHz DAC (TI PCM5122)
- Two I/O headers allowing additional buttons / LEDs / LCD / rotary encoders to be added without any additional soldering or modification.
- Fully built and tested Raspberry Pi accessory – this is not a self build kit!
- Mechanically solid I2S digital audio connection (P5 header)
- Zero risk of signal loss due to poorly connected “pogo” pins or similar.
- Designed and manufactured in the UK

SqueezePlug image updated to version 7.07

April 4th, 2014

Hi folks,
I’ve updated the SqueezePlug image to version 7.07. You will now be able to download the fully patched version 7.07. All patches are now included so that you don’t have to start a long lasting patch process if you start from scratch.

If you have started with version 7.00 and you have installed the latest patch, there is no need to do anything. You are already up to date then!

Thomas

SqueezePlug goes audiophile

April 1st, 2014

Hi folks,
I’m very happy to inform you, that the last showstopper for SqueezePlug, the bad sound out of the Raspberry Pi and the problems with some USB DAC now belongs to the past. There are sound cards available for the Raspberry Pi, which makes SqueezePlug a really good sound device with support for up to 192 KHz/24 Bit audio files. The sound is amazing, without any pops or cracks!

The now available two soundcards are fully supported with SqueezePlug now!

I would highly recommend one of this cards, if you like to get a good sound out of your Raspberry Pi. To help you with a decision I’ve listed my pros and cons for the two devices. There may be other points, that’s my subjective experience. For me there is no real winner, decide your self:

Wolfson Card
= Price about 40 €
= 192 KHz/24 Bit
+ no soldering required
+ Case available
- Patched kernel needed
+ World wide shipping without extra toll
+ Multiple In – and Output options
= SqueezePlug supported
- piCorePlayer not supported

HiFiBerry
= Price about 40 €
= 192 KHz/24 Bit
- soldering required
- no Case available
+ no Patched kernel needed
- shipping from Swiss with extra toll
- no Input options
= SqueezePlug supported
= piCorePlayer supported

The HiFiBerry card comes in two versions, analogue and digital. The digital version has an optical and an koax output connector. At the analogue version you can choose between RCA or headphone connector.

The Wolfson card comes with various output connectors, analogue and digital. Analogue output is a headphone adaptor, digital is a koax output connector. There are also input connectors, I don’t think you can use them with SqueezePlug.

All in all, there are pros and cons for each Card.

The main pro for the HiFiBerry cards is that you don’t need a special kernel, it runs out of the box. Only some modules have to be loaded and on the digital card a blacklisted driver has to be commented out. The con is, that shipping of this card is probably not so easy, depends on the country to ship to. e.g. to Germany it took 2 Weeks.

The main pro for the Wolfson card is the world wide an very quick shipping. Shipping for this card is easy, no toll, and no special tax in the EU. e.G. Farnell shipping from England to Germany last only 18 hours! Meantime it’s also possible to order this card at Amazon Germany. The con for this card, that you will need a patched kernel. This is already included in SqueezePlug. There is also an announcement of Wolfson, that drivers will be included in Raspbian soon.

So make up your mind and order a card!

Thomas

SqueezePlug Version 7.07 released

März 30th, 2014

SqueezePlug Version 7.07 released:

Minor patch from 30.03.2014
HiFiBerry Digital Soundcard support added and more

Changelog:
- squeezelite.sh add HiFiBerry digital support and more improvements
- squeezelite new SqueezeLite Version 1.6
- picoreplayer.sh new download link (directly to Steens site)
- newconfig.cfg config file for piCorePlayer to edit from SqueezePlug

Please update your SqueezePlug from the setup menu: Type “setup” from the console and choose and then .

SqueezePlug Version 7.06 released

März 23rd, 2014

SqueezePlug Version 7.06 released:

Minor patch from 23.03.2014
Wolfson Soundcard support added

Changelog:
- squeezelite.sh add support for the Wolfson Soundcard
- wolfson-kernel-140311.tgz patched kernel to support the Wolfson Soundcard
- wolfson-udev-140311.tgz patched UDEV-Rules to support the Wolfson Soundcard

Please update your SqueezePlug from the setup menu: Type “setup” from the console and choose and then .

Work in Progress

März 17th, 2014

Today I like to inform you about what’s going on with SqueezePlug development:

The lasts weeks I did a lot of testing with new hardware devices. I’ve tested sound cards and new server platforms. As sound cards I tried to test the HiFiBerry and the Wolfson sound cards. You may ask why “tried”. That’s because the Wolfson card was defective at arrival and the HiFiBerry got defective after my soldering attempts. I’m not a pro in soldering so maybe I did something stupid. Both devices will go back to the store and I hope I’ll get a replacement soon. Then testing will go on. I’ll inform you. As new server devices I’m still testing with Wandboard and Odroid. Both device are looking very promising and I got LMS and SqueeszeLite working on both devices. The devices have a lot of power for LMS and I saw some massive performance improvements. I think I like the Odroid more, it’s less expensive , but you still have to order in Korea! Shipping works, but you will pay tax. The next time I’ll try to get SqueezePlug running on Odroid, but it will last a while.

I hope you will get more information soon.

Thomas

SqueezePlug Version 7.05 released

März 16th, 2014

SqueezePlug Version 7.05 released:

Minor patch from 16.03.2014
piCorePlayer preparation functionality added

Changelog:
- picoreplayer.sh add an option to prepare the piCorePlayer installation
- player_menu.sh add an entry for piCorePlayer
- squeezelite.sh add an option for new versions of C-Media USB Sound Cards

Please update your SqueezePlug from the setup menu: Type “setup” from the console and choose and then .