Songcast For Mac And Windows

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation
    1. System Requirements
      1. Mac
      2. Windows
    2. Installing
      1. Mac
      2. Windows
    3. Uninstalling
      1. Mac
      2. Windows
    4. Updating
  3. Operation
    1. The Songcast status bar icon
    2. The Main Songcast Window
    3. The Songcast preferences pane
      1. General use
      2. Advanced use
  4. Troubleshooting
    1. Known Issues
      1. Mac
      2. Windows

Introduction

Songcast for Mac and Windows will allow your computer to send audio to any Songcast receiver in your home. When Songcast is switched on, any audio that is produced by any application running on your computer will be sent to selected Songcast receivers. For example, the audio from iTunes, Spotify or any web browser can now be sent to any Linn DS in your home.

Installation

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
  • Mac OS X Lion
  • 64-bit Mac hardware

Windows

  • Windows 7
  • 32 or 64-bit hardware

Installing

Mac

  • Download the .dmg file from the download page
  • Double click the downloaded .dmg file
  • In the window that appears, double click the .pkg file
  • Follow the on screen instructions in the installer program

Windows

  • Download the installer from the download page
  • Double click the downloaded .exe file
  • Follow the on screen instructions in the installer program

Uninstalling

Mac

  • Double click the .dmg file that was downloaded to install Songcast
  • In the window that appears, double click the "uninstall.tool" file
  • Follow the on screen instructions in the uninstall window

Windows

  • Open the Windows Control Panel and double click "Programs and Features"
  • Select "Songcast" in the list of programs and click the "Uninstall" button
  • Follow the on screen instructions in the uninstall window

Updating

Songcast for Mac can be configured to automatically check for new software updates. Checking for available updates can also be performed manually as described in the "Advanced" section below. Alternatively, Songcast can be updated by manually downloading the installation packages from the download page and installing them using the method described in the Installing section above.

Operation

The general operation of Songcast is intended to be very simple and, largely, there should be little interaction with the software.

The Songcast status bar icon

After installing Songcast, the Songcast icon should appear in the status bar area in the top right of your screen:

This says that Songcast is switched off. When Songcast is switched on, the icon will change to show:

The Main Songcast Window

Clicking the Songcast icon will show the main Songcast window:

Main window for songcast

Current DS

This displays the Linn DS that is currently configured to receive the Songcasted audio from your computer

Volume Control

This can be used to change the volume of the current DS

On/Off Button

This can be used to switch Songcast on and off. When Songcast is turned on, your computer will redirect the audio away from its internal speakers and it will be Songcasted across your home network. When Songcast is turned off, your computer will revert to playing any audio through the internal speakers.

Songcast will need to be turned on each time when returning from computer shutdown/hibernation.

Connection Status

The connection status can display 3 possible states:

  • Connected - the current DS is fully connected and ready to receiver audio
  • Connecting - the current DS is preparing to receiver audio
  • Disconnected - the current DS is available on the network but is currently being used for something else, for example, listening to internet radio
Settings

Clicking this icon will open the preference pane for Songcast.

The Songcast preferences pane

The Songcast preferences can be displayed using two mechanisms:

  • Clicking the settings icon on the main Songcast window
  • Selecting "Songcast" from the Mac "System Preferences" or Selecting "Songcast" from the Windows Control Panel

General use

Songcast Receiver

This allows the selection of the current DS that Songcast will stream audio to. Clicking the drop down box will list all available receivers that can be selected. To the right of the selection box, the connection status of that receiver will be displayed. The possible states for a receiver are:

  • Connected - The receiver is fully connected and ready to receive audio
  • Connecting - The receiver is preparing to receive audio
  • Disconnected - The receiver is available on the network but is currently being used for something else, for example, listening to internet radio
  • Unavailable - The receiver is not currently available on the network
  • Songcast Off - Songcast is currently turned off

The button on the right can be clicked to refresh the list.

Songcast Network Performance

Songcast will periodically measure its performance on your network in order to maximise its audio streaming capabilities. The slider will display the results of this measurement process. The 'Detect' button can be clicked to manually start a series of measurements and the progress bar will display the progress of the measurement process. If you are experiencing audio dropouts on your network, you may wish to click the 'Detect' button so that Songcast can re-evaluate network conditions. This auto-tuning of Songcast can be overridden in the advanced section of the preferences pane.

Advanced use

Network Settings
Subnet

This drop down box can be used to selected the network subnet on which Songcast will operate. The majority of users will only have a single subnet in their homes and will not need to change this.

Unicast/Multicast

This allows the user to switch the Songcast protocol between using unicast and multicast UDP. The majority of users will never need to change this from unicast.

Multicast Channel

This is the channel on which multicast Songcast will operate and must be unique on your network. To select a new value, simply click the "New" button. The majority of users will never need to change this setting (only needed if there is a channel conflict between two songcast senders).

Override Detected Latency

This will allow the latency parameter to be set manually using the slider, rather than the auto-detection mechanism that is described in the 'General' section.

Latency

On some poor networks, the delivery of the audio data can be delayed, resulting in audio dropouts during playback. This latency parameter can be increased in order to compensate for such delays and avoid such dropouts.

Update Settings
Automatic update checks

Check this box to allow Songcast to automatically check for updates.

Check Now

Click this button to manually check for any available updates.

Participate in beta program

Check this box to receive notifications of when beta versions of Songcast are available

Troubleshooting

Known Issues

My system experiences audio dropouts when using Songcast

We have tried to address issues of audio dropouts in this version of Songcast. We do believe that this issue is largely solved, however, we cannot guarantee no dropouts. If you do experience these symptoms, try clicking the 'Detect' button in the 'General' tab of the preference pane. If the symptoms persist, the latency can be manually tuned by overriding the detected value in the 'Advanced' section of the preferences pane. Failing that, these symptoms could indicate that there is a problem with the network.

I cannot see my DS in the Songcast Preferences tab

Press the REFRESH button, if your Linn DS('s) do not appear:-

1. Check the Advanced TAB - Network settings that the correct Network connection is used

2. On Konfig, check under Sources, that the Songcast<Songcast> source is Visible

3. Press the REFRESH button

Mac

Songcast shows an error message "You cannot open Linn Songcast Preferences because it does not work on an Intel based Mac"

This slightly misleading error message is displayed because you have a Mac with a 32-bit Intel processor. Songcast currently only works on 64-bit Macs running Snow Leopard and Lion.

Windows

I cannot install Songcast on my Windows XP or Windows Vista computer

Songcast is currently supported on Windows 7 only.

When Songcast starts, I get an error dialog saying "There is no disk in the drive"

Again, this is a very rare issue that we have seen and are investigating. When the window appears, clicking the "Cancel" or "Continue" buttons will dismiss the dialog and Songcast will then operate as normal.