randomparity wrote:I'm using Sonos Desktop Controller (v3.6 build 16548010) on my PC with a Sonos Play:5 (v3.6 build 16548010a) and can see the MM (v188.8.131.521) UPnP server and play music from it.
Unfortunately, there are some problems:
- I can't copy an entire playlist to the queue, I must select songs one at a time which makes the feature somewhat worthless.
- There is no album artwork displayed while a song is playing.
I can confirm the quoted part as I have been desperately trying to find a way to play my mp3s and flacs (stored on a NAS) on my Sonos using MM.
Sonos is an excellent audiophile system (if you hook it up to some good speakers instead of using the players with built-in ones) and I have 4 of them running in 4 seperate rooms for almost 3 years. Also the handling via CR200-controller is very nice, ...
...BUT when I use mediamonkey on my laptop to get my mp3s/flacs organized (on the NAS) I would like to start playing an album from within MM (i.e. to decide whether or not to keep it) and not having to grab the Sonos-controller, browse to the very same location I've already navigated to in MM and start playing, there.
What works and what doesn't:
As Dave said, it works for single files from within MM *if* I wouldn't mind dragging a single track to the media-server entry in the tree-view (which is pretty cumbersome), but this won't work at all for a playlist or an album, unfortunately.
...also, when I have just renamed or moved a track in MM there's really not even another way to play it on the Sonos, but having the Sonos rescan the *whole library* first or using yet another tool on my laptop like WMP.
What I've tried as a workaround:
Because of this dilemma, I've now invested some effort into installing winamp + shoutcast (shoutcast being a winamp-plugin which i have configured as MM's media-player) and am *in principle* very pleased with the possibilities of this setup if it wasn't for the delay: shoutcast produces an mp3-stream (320kbit/s) in my local network, which i can easily tune in to on my Sonos - anything being played in MM, gets streamed to the Sonos, thereafter (w/o all the other computer-sound-effects, etc.)...
...BUT: Too bad, there's something like a 60sec.
delay (independent of the bitrate) produced by shoutcast
I've tried to find a way to reduce this delay / time-lag, which I understand is a *feature* of shoutcast to prevent gaps in tracks received over the internet - now I don't need these precautions (to say the least), as I'm generally working on a wired (!) GBit-LAN (especially when using MM to organize tracks on my NAS) as I have very reliable bandwidth and pings of 1ms or 2ms at the most. But apparently there's no way to configure shoutcast for a shorter delay.
What I'd love to see MM do:
I understand these aren't really "shortcomings" of MM, but rather one could wish Sonos to support DLNA or shoutcast to have the delays configured for small buffer-requirements (I'll post a request in their forums as well). Nonetheless, it would be really nice if MM would support one of these in some future release...
An easier "Play to"-functionality
to play single tracks (should be easy to implement as the functionality is already there, just the handling is cumbersome). If this would even be possible for whole albums / playlists, that would be awesome ('though not sure, if that's as easy...)
it would be great to be able to stream tracks (albums, playlists, ...) as a mp3-stream
with configurable delay over some port of the PC it's running on
and without having to install 2nd and 3rd (winamp+shoutcast) software and switch off MM's mediaplayer.
...or maybe I'm missing a solution that's already there?