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Title: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: Caulkhead on July 12, 2017, 11:12:58 AM
Hi Everyone

I've just discovered MB and love it already. I'd like to know if there is a way to cast music from my PC to a chromecast which is plugged into my amp. I use Plex to do this at the moment. I have the upnp plugin installed but unsure what to do next.

Thanks

I thought that I had solved my issue - I downloaded chromecast audio stream from here:

https://github.com/acidhax/chromecast-audio-stream/releases

and I cast my desktop to my chromecast and successfully played 3 or 4 songs on MB through my amp. However, I have been unable to repeat that initial success.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: zigzag10 on July 20, 2017, 10:10:28 AM
Have you tried using BubbleUPnP Server (https://www.bubblesoftapps.com/bubbleupnpserver  (https://www.bubblesoftapps.com/bubbleupnpserver))? This software enhances UPnP/DLNA services and can apparently enable a Chromecast device to function as a UPnP/DLNA renderer.  I personally haven't got a Chromecast but I suspect that it will be easy to configure BubbleUPnP Server to support Chromecast, and once done your Chromecast should be listed as an output source in MBs UPnP plugin.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: euzie on July 30, 2017, 11:58:36 AM
Can confirm. Just set up my Chromecast Audio as a DNLA renderer in bubble upnp.

Then selected "Play More>Output To>" and it plays perfectly
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: rchurchill on November 25, 2017, 10:09:31 PM
Almost flawless, MusicBee does need this plugin to work with DNLA servers: https://www.getmusicbee.com/addons/plugins/11/upnp-dlna-device-support/
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: Penn on January 04, 2018, 07:30:52 PM
Anyone got it to work with speaker groups?

I'm running a new Google Home speaker with several Chromecasts. For anyone who is interested in it for audio it's pretty good for multi-room as you can group Chromecasts together. I have Chromecast audio and Chromecast video. Can't group the video ones though afaics

I can, for example say

"Ok Google play Radio X on bedroom speaker" or

"Ok Google play Radio X on kitchen speaker" or

"Ok Google play Radio X on office speaker" or

"Ok Google play Radio X on Google Home speaker" or

"Ok Google play Radio X on Home Group" or

"Ok Google play Radio X on Music Group" etc

I have to get MusicBee involved, even if Google Home will play playlists curated and auto created by MusicBee I will be very happy :)

Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: supersonic on May 29, 2018, 04:40:57 PM
Just a thought but now that VLC has Chromecast support is it possible to have VLC capture the audio from MusicBee and have VLC push it to the Chromecast/Chromecast Audio? However from my own testing/research it seems VLC can sadly only capture audio from a microphone and not an application.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast
Post by: Mikesin on August 19, 2018, 11:02:50 AM
Very New User

I too wish to cast to my chromecast audio dongle - I have tried downloading the bubble upnp s/w but Norton threw it out as unsafe due low usage - anyone had problems with this download?

thanks

mike
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: Mauser69 on September 22, 2018, 07:41:23 PM
Bubble upnp worked fine for me when I tested it, but I really did not like dealing with multiple devices, a different interface, and a DLNA server just to play music from my PC to my stereo. 

It would be GREAT if we could Chromecast from the PC, but google wants to play the proprietary game, so it is not really an option - the solutions I found that said they could do that were all garbage (and I REFUSE to be bullied into using the nasty Chrome browser).

My wife uses Chromecast with her phone and tablet to the bedroom stereo, but for the main house system I went to a wireless receiver that supports both Bluetooth (which I never use) and Airplay - lots of options available that use the same chipset, but I have one from IDER that costs under $40.  These wireless receivers basically support just about every wireless protocol EXCEPT the proprietary Chromecast, and they have DLNA support too if you really want to use that.  To connect my PC wirelessly to the receiver, I use free TuneBlade software.

I do not use apple-related products for anything, so I originally avoided Airplay like the plague.  But for this solution, I have to admit it just works.  And at least I did not have to spend money with apple!

Now I stream directly from my PC to my stereo, and I use either the desktop MB interface, or the MB Remote app on my phone.  Very happy with this solution.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: coppinsuk on November 01, 2018, 06:21:15 PM
Hello,

I have found that if you use "Electron"("Audio-cast") from Git Hub (?) to cast to Audio Chromecast - it will work with a bit of persuasion. Need to some "googling". Recently been extremely stable - great sound.

I am definitely not 'PC Geek' but eventually got it to work.

Also purchased "Airfoil" app - this works, but doesn't have clear sound - well not for me.

Dearly like MusicBee but now it doesn't recognise any of my music file and, after giving a donation.

Cheers,

Douglas (UK)
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: Penn on November 17, 2018, 11:36:07 AM
I have now found the best solution for me, better for me than Bubble etc, more reliable, transparent.


Install audio-cast (https://github.com/acidhax/chromecast-audio-stream/releases (https://github.com/acidhax/chromecast-audio-stream/releases))

Have used it before but had not realised that I can select as many or as few devices as I want. It doesn't see groups but that's no problem. Just tick any or all of your devices including TVs

Best of all it it automatically casts all the Windows audio,  it's invisible to MusicBee (computer standard audio still works at same time as cast), Musicbee's crossfade and dsp all work

Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: ANARCHY on December 31, 2018, 12:16:51 AM
So,  installed this, have the latest MB version, have the casticon in my taskbar, ticked my Chrome Audiocast, nothing ?
No sound whatsoever is transferred to my audiocast ?
Did confirm other devices can stream audio just to be safe.

Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

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Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
Doesn't sound too great for some reason, but works i guess.
But this is rather an annoying way of doing it.
I do also have the plugin for Windows that adds an audiocast icon, in which i can select my Google Home Mini and Chrome Audiocast.
Neither of which do anything, when i tick them, i do hear a confirming sound coming from the system i tick, and also when i untick them, but no sound comes from them, ever.
I have no idea why ?
Streaming just desktop sound is easier, easier and faster to turn on and off.
If there was a audiocast button in the player that would be even better. This is the long and annoying way around which i will not be using.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: phred on December 31, 2018, 01:57:34 AM
Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

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Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
If you're looking for help, you've got to be a lot more specific about what you've installed. And the fact that you've installed something not knowing what it is or what it does is not very smart.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: ANARCHY on December 31, 2018, 02:14:08 AM
Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

----------------------------------------------------

Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
If you're looking for help, you've got to be a lot more specific about what you've installed. And the fact that you've installed something not knowing what it is or what it does is not very smart.
I thought it wasn't that hard to follow, but here goes.

Installed:
https://github.com/acidhax/chromecast-audio-stream/releases aka audio-cast-win32-ia32.zip

https://www.getmusicbee.com/addons/plugins/11/upnp-dlna-device-support/

BubbleUPnP Server
This "Then selected "Play More>Output To>" and it plays perfectly"i could not find.
Not that it matters, since now when i launch it it for some reason cannot even start the server.

So all in all, this has been rather useless. Since now nothnig works.
Also, could you be anymore condescending ?
I know what the things are supposed to do. I just do not know exactly how,like almost everyone doesn't know with just about every piece of software they use.
But, 2 ways to go, now nothing works. Joy.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: ANARCHY on December 31, 2018, 02:15:51 AM
Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

----------------------------------------------------

Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
If you're looking for help, you've got to be a lot more specific about what you've installed. And the fact that you've installed something not knowing what it is or what it does is not very smart.
Also, if you know it's not good, and you've clearly readup in here, and have not removed such posts, well, that doesn't exactly sound like smart to me either.
Or do you rather like supporting stuff of which you know it's bad shit around here ?
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: ANARCHY on December 31, 2018, 02:27:37 AM
Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

----------------------------------------------------

Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
If you're looking for help, you've got to be a lot more specific about what you've installed. And the fact that you've installed something not knowing what it is or what it does is not very smart.
So i deleted and uninstalled it all.
Reinstalled only BubbleUPnP Server and the MusicBee DNLA server plugin to get it to work, and that works again.
It's just the hard way.

I'd really love to basically just be able to stream all desktop sound. Kind of like the other thing is supposed to do, bu i have no idea how. It shows my devices and gives connection sound, but does nothing else.

Also, for some reason when you seek in the song, the song restarts completely, even though the seeking bar shows it's halfway or whatever you did, so something is not right there.
If you Pause, then Resume Play again, no sound at all, if you restart the song it will play.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: phred on December 31, 2018, 03:03:51 AM
Also installed the other thing, but not sure what it is or what it does.
I probably have to set something somewhere ?

----------------------------------------------------

Okay, so with an older version of something i can indeed in the preferences in the player choose to cast to my Chrome Audiocast directly.
If you're looking for help, you've got to be a lot more specific about what you've installed. And the fact that you've installed something not knowing what it is or what it does is not very smart.
Also, if you know it's not good, and you've clearly readup in here, and have not removed such posts, well, that doesn't exactly sound like smart to me either.
Or do you rather like supporting stuff of which you know it's bad shit around here ?
I never said anything in this thread is bad. Since there are four or five pieces of software mentioned, I was trying to determine which "other thing" you're referring to. I'm not the developer. I'm simply a user, like you and everyone else here on the forum. We try to help those that have questions. But in order to help, we need to know what you're doing.

So it sounds like you've got it working somewhat. Which is better than not working at all. I do want to point out the the DLNA Plugin is no longer supported by its developer. Some folks have gotten it to work while others have not. If there are issues or bugs with it, they won't be addressed. Nor will it be enhanced with new features.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: PeteJ on March 11, 2019, 11:01:37 PM
Hi,
I had the same problem but I connected a HDMI cable from my laptop to my TV, Works fine.

Pete
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: ziabo on March 13, 2019, 09:59:39 AM
Gents, I installed the plugin and assigned my Chromecast Ultra as DLNA Renderer in BubbleUpnp. Now I can Output to Chromecast(Yamaha Receiver) from Music Bee - works like a charm.

I have few questions though:

1. What is the quality of casting? When I cast Flac 192kHz 24-bit, do i get the quality implied by the format?
2. Chromecast does not support Apple Loseless. However, I am still able to cast m4a to my receiver through Chromecast. How come? In this case, does MusicBee reformats the file on the fly?
3. Is there way to setup "Output to>" button on the Toolbar? Currently I am using right click - Output to Chromecast and this is not convenient.

Thank you!
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: musicmahn on March 13, 2019, 09:02:19 PM
Very curious about this too.
I just got a NAS set up and installed plex and not terribly happy with the interface.  Currently I can use my android phone to choose tunes to stream directly from the NAS to my chromecast audio.

Musicbee looks beautiful and I would love to use it but not sure how and I don't want to sacrifice quality/user experience just for the sake of having it.

I plan to purchase a tablet to use as my main controller (PC will remain on but I very rarely sit there).  It will be android or windows based on what will serve me best.


Hella confused over here :(
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: theebriano on April 17, 2019, 03:38:31 PM
I've used Airfoil for years with different music players and have had no problems with streaming to my different chromecasts.

It's worth the few dollars.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: MTOakey on May 31, 2019, 08:45:28 AM
I saw this at the top of the Forums list as "NEW" so I thought I would give it a look.

I tried my Chromecast by casting my desktop, works perfectly, with that bubble plugin. So I put MB into Now playing mode, cast to my flat screen in the living room, use MBremote to control, and get a show that satellite radio could only dream of.

But the audio quality sucks. Not sure if it is the Chromecast or MB {only while casting}. I've got 866.7Mbps Wifi over 5G on my laptop, so does the Chromecast.

If I just bluetooth the audio to my sound system, it sounds incredible. So I'm hoping it's not some esoteric internal fight between MB resources and Chrome resources.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: mattbrad on October 14, 2019, 09:35:25 PM
I've had some problems. But after I customized ChromeCast properly following this guide https://freewindows10.download/articles/how-to-cast-from-chrome (https://freewindows10.download/articles/how-to-cast-from-chrome), everything works fine for me.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: captain_paranoia on November 12, 2019, 06:48:43 PM
I've had some problems. But after I customized ChromeCast properly following this guide https://rocketfiles.com/articles/how-to-cast-from-chrome (https://rocketfiles.com/articles/how-to-cast-from-chrome), everything works fine for me.

Casting from the Chrome browser to a CCA seems to use a rather nasty transcoding. See the review here:

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-chromecast-audio-digital-output.4544/

The CCA itself is fine. It's just the nasty transcoding.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: rajdude on December 31, 2019, 03:05:20 PM
I use a Chromecast Audio connected to my music system via an optical sPDIF cable and also a regular Chromecast connected to my TV using HDMI (in a different room).
My music files are sitting on a network share on a Windows 10 PC which works a  dedicated "server", always on in my household.

On my Android phone, I have VLC
VLC is able to see files on my server.
Before playing music in VLC, I tell VLC to cast to Chromecast.
When I hit play, Chromecast plays the music.
After that I can even turn off my Android phone, even shut it down or reboot...music keeps playing.

Simple! Free. No configuration, no transcoding, nothing installed on the server. It just works!

Note, this has no involvement with DLNA or MusicBee.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: zoronkiel on April 29, 2020, 10:50:06 AM
Guys i want to output the audio played from Musicbee library directly on my iPhone Speakers. Can i do this somehow?
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: mmakes on August 20, 2020, 07:54:28 AM
Guys i want to output the audio played from Musicbee library directly on my iPhone Speakers. Can i do this somehow?

I don't know of any software that lets you "cast" music from anything to an iOS device.

Your best bet is to set up a Plex server and play music on your iPhone using the Plex app.
Title: Re: Casting MusicBee from PC to Chromecast - UPDATE
Post by: Archivist in training on November 17, 2020, 01:56:32 PM
Hello Anarchy

Regarding "Installed:
https://github.com/acidhax/chromecast-audio-stream/releases aka audio-cast-win32-ia32.zip"

Do you know if a 64 nit version is available?



Tim

P.S. Thanks for your research into this.