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MusicBee & Add-Ons => Plugins => Topic started by: dandepeched on August 20, 2019, 07:15:26 PM

Title: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on August 20, 2019, 07:15:26 PM
A long-waited Remote Control application for iOS devices!

Download on the App Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1476671144)
Supports iPhone and iPad starting from iOS 9.

APP FEATURES:
 ◉ Player controls (play, pause, next, previous, volume change, shuffle, repeat, playback progress)
 ◉ Now Playing track info (artist, album, title, artwork).
 ◉ Lyrics support
 ◉ 5 star rating
 ◉ Last.fm love
 ◉ List Artists, Albums, Genres or Songs from library
 ◉ Ability to enqueue or play the tracks from library
 ◉ List and play existing playlists

I'm planning to extend this app step by step to match Android application.

I've used protocol from MusicBee Remote Plugin (https://getmusicbee.com/addons/plugins/199/musicbee-remote-for-ios/), so no additional plugins are needed.
Plugin installation and configuration guide - https://mbrc.kelsos.net/help/
Original plugin discussion - https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7221.0

PS:
I need to pay 100$/year for this application to stay in the App Store, that is why I had to put some non-disturbing ads in it.
For those who want to contribute to this app development there is an option to disable ads via 0,99$ in-app purchase.

PPS:
I want to thank Steven for awesome player and to thank kelsos for awesome plugin
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Steven on August 20, 2019, 07:34:49 PM
thats great news and hopefully someone will confirm its working ok. When you are happy with it, feel free to also submit it to the add-ons page
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on August 20, 2019, 07:49:12 PM
thats great news and hopefully someone will confirm its working ok. When you are happy with it, feel free to also submit it to the add-ons page

Hi Steven, do you think a separate plugin page is needed? At this moment iOS remote is fully compatible with kelsos' MusicBee Remote Plugin, so maybe it's enough mentioning iOS app on that page.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Steven on August 20, 2019, 08:27:56 PM
Hi Steven, do you think a separate plugin page is needed? At this moment iOS remote is fully compatible with kelsos' MusicBee Remote Plugin, so maybe it's enough mentioning iOS app on that page.
That's up to Kelsos, but he hasnt been very active on the forum of late. I would recommend you set up your own page and reference Kelsos's page
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: chrizzftd on September 16, 2019, 05:18:20 PM
This is so good!

Thanks a lot for this; so far I had to use "Unified Remote" to control this from an iOS device. Having a specialized MusicBee controller is much better!

Looking forward having more functionality exposed in the future  :D
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Adson on September 17, 2019, 08:45:50 AM
Thank you very much for your work.

I am just downloading the app to my iPad Pro and will test it this evening.

Will it be possible to download tracks to the device via your app? That would be a very useful function because importing files from Windows to iOS currently is a pain.

Thanks for sharing your app with us.

Let me know if I can help in any way (e.g. testing or translating to German language etc.)


A. :-)
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: mrbenn on September 21, 2019, 06:47:44 PM


Will it be possible to download tracks to the device via your app?

i(pad)OS 13 supports SMB, which opens up some interesting possibilities.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: chrizzftd on September 22, 2019, 10:56:34 AM
I'd be very curious to know what those possibilities are. Happy to help testing as well. It's 2019 and syncing a FLAC based library to iOS is still a big pain. You either:

a) Transcode everytime a new item is added to your library, then add to iTunes to allow an iOS device to sync.
  OR
b) Use a FLAC native app and deal with a manual sync all the time, which is so painful if you want granular control on what to sync (iTunes app storage handling does not expose enough control)

Gave up a while ago and barely transfer music to my iOS device anymore...
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on October 03, 2019, 09:42:10 AM
Will it be possible to download tracks to the device via your app?
Will it be possible to download tracks to the device via your app?
It's 2019 and syncing a FLAC based library to iOS is still a big pain.

Hi guys,
Thanks for your feedback!

Unfortunately this app is only for Remote Control purpose and will never support files synchronization.

I'm keeping my library in ALAC to make files compatible with iTunes and iOS. ALAC is a native format for iOS and synchronization is smooth via iTunes.
So I suggest you to convert all your FLAC to ALAC.
Also there is a native option in iTunes to convert and sync ALAC to AAC which I'm using. This saves a lot of space on my phone.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on October 03, 2019, 09:46:29 AM
Version 1.1.0 is released!

New:
 ◉ Browse library by Artists, Albums, Genres or Songs
 ◉ Swipe to enqueue or play selected tracks
 ◉ List and play existing playlists
 ◉ AutoDJ mode support
 ◉ iOS13 Dark mode support

Fixes:
 ◉ Better Now Playing synchronization
 ◉ iPad landscape mode is now disabled as designed
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Coogan on October 03, 2019, 02:50:54 PM
@dandepeched:

The remote is working, but is there a way to have it display the entire Now Playing list, instead of the just the artwork of the currently playing track?

Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on October 03, 2019, 02:55:23 PM
@dandepeched:

The remote is working, but is there a way to have it display the entire Now Playing list, instead of the just the artwork of the currently playing track?


Currently plugin does not provide this information, so I cannot integrate this feature into application.
At some point I will probably add this functionality to plugin, but this is not planned for the nearest future.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Coogan on October 03, 2019, 02:59:40 PM
@dandepeched:

The remote is working, but is there a way to have it display the entire Now Playing list, instead of the just the artwork of the currently playing track?


Currently plugin does not provide this information, so I cannot integrate this feature into application.
At some point I will probably add this functionality to plugin, but this is not planned for the nearest future.

Ok.  I just thought it would be handy to be able to select a song from the Now Playing list to play.
Thanks for the quick response.  I do really like the app.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: kirkroy on October 27, 2019, 09:30:57 PM
Hi there,
really exited for the remote, but unfortionatly I cant manage to connect :(  :(
installed plugin and IOS app and tried local IP and also IPv4 with port 3000, but nothing is happening.
help guide is only for android and unfortionatly doesnt help on IOS :(
Could anyone help? thanks

Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on October 28, 2019, 12:36:58 PM
Hi there,
really exited for the remote, but unfortionatly I cant manage to connect :(  :(
installed plugin and IOS app and tried local IP and also IPv4 with port 3000, but nothing is happening.
help guide is only for android and unfortionatly doesnt help on IOS :(
Could anyone help? thanks


Have you checked plugin configuration guide? https://mbrc.kelsos.net/help/#configuration

Also check the following info:
In order to use the application you need a working WiFi connection, that doesn't have access point isolation.
You have to first install the plugin.
After installing the plugin if you are not prompted to allow MusicBee or the plugin through the Windows Firewall you might have to manually configure Windows Firewall to allow the plugin to receive connections.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: John C on October 30, 2019, 04:49:02 PM
Hello
Is there a way to keep the remote from shuffling
The same songs over and over , i have the shuffle symbol checked and tried skipping thru tracks but then it wont fast forward anymore and it plays the same songs over , what am i doing wrong? Thx
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on October 31, 2019, 11:07:43 AM
Hello
Is there a way to keep the remote from shuffling
The same songs over and over , i have the shuffle symbol checked and tried skipping thru tracks but then it wont fast forward anymore and it plays the same songs over , what am i doing wrong? Thx

You should probably disable Repeat button :)
You can also set Shuffle/Repeat as you want it in player on your PC and those settings will be persisted.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: kirkroy on November 10, 2019, 04:00:50 PM
thx, evreything working, looking forward to using the remote :)  :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: kelsos on December 02, 2019, 09:08:58 PM
Hey,

I just wanted to say nice to have an iOS app there. If you need any support with the plugin/protocol or help with new features, send me either a pm or an e-mail. In general, the latest plugin master is in good condition and has quite a few improvements compared to the latest release. I didn't have any new release due to the fact that the android app is in a messy state and I am rather busy with another opensource project at the moment to finish the rewrite. I will try to have a look at everything during the weekend.
Title: MB Remote is connected, but shows no albums, artists, etc.
Post by: Gary E on December 29, 2019, 07:02:11 PM
New user here, so be gentle...
I just installed the MB remote plugin on my Windows 10 PC and the MB Remote app on my IOS iPad.  The music library resides on a Synology NAS.  When I configure the Remote app to point to the music library on the NAS I get an indication that the connection is successful.  (The "Connect" button changes to "Disconnect").  However, there is no content shown on the app for albums, artists, etc.  The PC is also running McAfee Personal Firewall.  Any suggestions on how to resolve this?
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: dandepeched on December 29, 2019, 07:42:22 PM
New user here, so be gentle...
I just installed the MB remote plugin on my Windows 10 PC and the MB Remote app on my IOS iPad.  The music library resides on a Synology NAS.  When I configure the Remote app to point to the music library on the NAS I get an indication that the connection is successful.  (The "Connect" button changes to "Disconnect").  However, there is no content shown on the app for albums, artists, etc.  The PC is also running McAfee Personal Firewall.  Any suggestions on how to resolve this?

Hi Gary, does remote controls work for you? Play/Pause etc?
If you have a huge library (like me  :-X) than browsing after app start will have a delay and categories can be shown blank. How many songs in your library?
Try to go back to main screen and return to browsing in a moment. For me this usually is enough.
Title: Re: Remote Control for iOS (MusicBee Remote companion)
Post by: Gary E on December 30, 2019, 05:23:31 AM
I have around 1800 tracks in the library.  When I activate MB remote on the iPad, it has no content for me to play.  No albums or artists are shown at all.  Even if I wait 5 minutes.  So I can't play any of the music.

Update:  I re-booted the PC, and now it works.  I should of thought of this earlier.  Go figure!