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Idea: Bluetooth stream sent to multi room
#1
Hi Tim and moode community,

First of all: thank you very much for this great possibility to use a Raspberry Pi for a multi room audio system.
In my setup I love using a Logitech media server (LMS) together with the squeezelite option as well as the feature of streaming music via Bluetooth to the RPi and the connected stereo or involve BT speakers/headphones  in moode.

An idea which would make the setup even greater:
It would be great to have the possibility to stream music from the phone via Bluetooth and distribute it into the multi room audio system.

Some thoughts on this:
  • Having music synched in different rooms requires using squeezelite, so MPD would not be an option.
  • How to get a music stream as a source within LMS? Well, the only option I see is a http steam which can be added as radio station within LMS.
  • So: how to get the Bluetooth stream now into an http steam? MPD, which gives an easy possibility can’t be used since in Moode, Bluetooth is active. This blocks MPD. Nevertheless: It would be not so good to hear the Bluetooth stream from Moode directly and the http steam with a certain delay on the other squeezelite clients.
  • What would be needed seems to be some kind of separate Bluetooth stream to http stream converter. This http stream could then be used within LMS to be distributed within the rooms via squeezelite / Moode clients.
Another variant could be to distribute an analogue or digital audio input (e.g. cinch input from a CD player or from the record-out of a stereo) as an http stream within the network.

I hope I was able to describe the ideas in my head in an understandable way.

What do you think?
Thank you very much sharing your thoughts on this.

Best regards
delta
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#2
What the usage scenario where Bluetooth has to be used instead of either Squeezelite or Airplay which both support multi-room synchronized audio?
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#3
(01-14-2019, 02:42 PM)Tim Curtis Wrote: What the usage scenario where Bluetooth has to be used instead of either Squeezelite or Airplay which both support multi-room synchronized audio?

The usage scenario would be to get music stored on the smartphone synchronized into different rooms.


I guess this isn't possible via squeezelite, is it? Is it with Airplay? I'm unfortunately only using Android and older Apple devices which don't support Airplay.

best regards
delta
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#4
=> I guess this isn't possible via squeezelite, is it? Is it with Airplay?

You guess? As Tim wrote, it is possible with both formats. On Android you can use several apps supporting AirPlay and Squeeze.
Please have a look at the play store.
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#5
Lightbulb 
Hi Norbert,

(01-14-2019, 08:05 PM)Norbert Wrote: You guess?

Well, with "I guess" (="ich schätze" in German) I intended to express that I tested it but didn't find a way to get it working. This for sure does not need to be the entire truth. Maybe I did something wrong?! Therefore I formulated it quite vague.

(01-14-2019, 08:05 PM)Norbert Wrote: As Tim wrote, it is possible with both formats. On Android you can use several apps supporting AirPlay and Squeeze.
Please have a look at the play store.

I wasn't aware that AirPlay is also possible for Android devices. Thank you for this hint! Idea

Regarding squeeze I was testing "Squeezer" and "Squeeze Controller". With both I wasn't able to stream music from a mobile to Moode (squeezelite). Did I miss a feature? 
I always thought that with using squeeze, the audio source always need to come via the LMS. The mobile App only controls what is sent from the LMS. Am I wrong on this point?

best regards
delta
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#6
=> The mobile App only controls what is sent from the LMS. Am I wrong on this point?

No, you'r right. But you can install LMS also on the RasPi. In this case the Raspi ist server and client, controlled by the app on your phone.

For airplay on Android you may have a look at "AllConnect - Play & Stream" in the play store.
For DLNA test "Hi-Fi Cast - Music Player"
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