KinskyDesktop contains four main areas, Now playing, Playlist, Plugin browser, and Control

The Now playing area at the top of KinskyDesktop provides information about the now playing track, e.g. track title, album, artist, etc.

The Playlist area on the right side of KinskyDesktop provides information about what is in the selected DS' playlist and provides the ability to manipulated the playlist, i.e. the ability to add, remove, and move tracks.

The Plugin browser area on the left side of KinskyDesktop provides management and access to the installed Kinsky plugins.

The Control area at the bottom of KinskyDesktop provides the controls to skip track, resume/pause a track, seek within a track and, (if the room has a preamp), control the volume.

Volume Control

If volume of the currently selected room can be controlled by KinskyDesktop, then the volume control will be enabled and display the current volume.

The volume control has two active areas, the outer ring and the inner circle (where the current volume is displayed). The volume control glows differently depending on which area is currently active.

To mute or un-mute the volume click in the inner circle. The volume control dims when the volume has been muted.

KinskyDesktop supports two different interaction models for volume control, rotary control and a push button control. By default the push button model is used. The option to switch between the two interaction models can be found in the user options dialog under the 'General Options' page, 'Use rotary controls for volume and seeking'.

Playback Control

If the currently selected source is able to be controlled by KinskyDesktop, then the transport controls will become enabled.

The transport control reflects the controls that are appropriate for the currently selected source, e.g. for the Playlist source the transport controls are skip backwards, play/pause, and skip forwards.

Selecting a Room and Source

On starting KinskyDesktop, KinskyDesktop, (by default), selects the first room discovered. If the selected room has a preamp, then, (by default), KinskyDesktop will select the preamp's current source, otherwise, KinskyDesktop will select the first source discovered.

It is possible to override the room (and source) selected by KinskyDesktop on startup through the user options dialog, under the 'Startup Room' page.

Kinsky Media Provider Plugins

KinskyDesktop offers a mechanism for offering its users new ways of finding content for their media players. This additional functionality comes in the form of Media Provider Plugins (MPP). A MPP offers a way for KinskyDesktop to explore media content and for a user to select and playback this content on their media player.

KinskyDesktop comes with three MPPs by default (Plugins, Local Playlists and Library), however users can install other MPPs that offering content they are interested in.

Plugins are distributed in packages. A plugin package is a zip archive with a kpz file extension.

Installing, re-installing and upgrading a plugin

To install, re-install or upgrade a plugin drag and drop the plugin's package into the plugin browser's homepage. If you are re-installing or upgrading an existing plugin you will be asked to restart the application to complete the installation.

The easiest way to install a plugin is to drag the download link from your web browser into the plugin browser's homepage. If you have previously downloaded the plugin, you can simply drag the kpz file into the plugin browser's homepage.

Uninstalling a plugin

To uninstall a plugin drag and drop the plugin's icon, (from the plugin browser's homepage), into the waste bin.

You cannot uninstall the default plugins that ship with KinskyDesktop.

Default Media Provider Plugins


The Plugins MPP provides an easy way for users to browse (and install) a list of plugins provided by Linn.

Local Playlists

The Local Playlists MPP provides a way to browse, manage and insert DPL playlists into a media renderer's playlist.

To delete playlists or tracks, (within a playlist), drag and drop them onto the waste bin. To insert a playlist into a media renderer's playlist, drag and drop the playlist's icon onto the media renderer's playlist.


The Library MPP provides a way to browse the UPnP media servers on your home network. A UPnP media server indexes your digital music collection and provides a mechanism for control points to browse your music collection.

Media renderer playlist management

Building a playlist

Direct Play

Direct play allows instant access to your media directly from your computer or the web. Just drag 'n' drop the media you want to listen to into your media renderer's playlist and sit back and listen.

Note: Using this feature requires that KinskyDesktop remain open and accessible from your media renderer whilst you are listening to the media.

Media Provider Plugins

To browse a media server, first select the Library plugin from the plugin browser's homepage, then the media server you wish to browse for music.

To insert containers/tracks into a media renderer's playlist, drag and drop onto the media renderer's playlist.

To move back up a level either click the 'Up Level' button or select the desired level on the 'Breadcrumb'.

Deleting the playlist

To clear the current playlist click on the waste bin.

Deleting a track

To delete a track, or a selection of tracks, drag and drop the track(s) onto the waste bin.

Saving the playlist

To save the entire playlist click on the 'Save' button and enter the name you wish to give the playlist. It is also possible to save a selection of tracks from the playlist by dragging the a selection of tracks to the 'Save' button.

Putting a room into standby

To put a room into standby, first select the room and then tap the standby button. When the room selection box shows 'No room selected' the room has been put into standby.