Songcast For Mac
Songcast for Mac will allow your Mac 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 Mac will be sent to selected Songcast receivers. For example, the audio from iTunes, Spotify, Safari can now be sent to any Linn DS in your home.
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
- Mac OS X Lion
- 64-bit Mac hardware
- 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
- 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
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.
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:
Clicking the Songcast icon will show the Songcast menu:
This menu is intended to provide access to the most common day-to-day operations involved in using Songcast:
Turn Linn Songcast On/Off
When Songcast is turned on, your Mac will redirect the audio away from its internal speakers and it will be Songcasted across your home network. When Songcast is turned off, your Mac 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.
Reconnect Selected Receivers
See the General use section for more information
Open Linn Songcast Preferences…
This will open the preference pane for Songcast.
The Songcast preferences pane
The Songcast preferences can be displayed using two mechanisms:
- Selecting "Open Linn Songcast Preferences..." from the Songcast status bar icon menu
- Selecting "Songcast" from the Mac "System Preferences"
Songcast On/Off button
This turns Songcast on and off, performing the same operation as in the Songcast status bar icon menu.
Show Linn Songcast status in the menu bar
This will show/hide the Songcast status bar icon.
Songcast receiver list
This will show a list of Songcast receivers that are available on your home network. Receivers can be selected to receive the audio from the Mac by checking their box in this list. When a receiver is checked, its current status will be shown, as can be seen in the screenshot. 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
Reconnect Selected Receivers
Linn systems can be used to play music from many different sources, e.g. Playlist, Radio, or external devices such as the LP12, so the Songcast source is just one of many possible sources. As stated above, receivers that are selected, available on the network but are being used for some other purpose are in the "Disconnected" state. Clicking this button will ensure that all Songcast receivers that are disconnected are reconnected so that they are ready receive the audio from the Mac.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Automatic update checks
Check this box to allow Songcast to automatically check for updates.
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
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.
My system experiences audio dropouts when using Songcast
On some poor networks, delivery of the audio data to the DS is not as timely as it needs to be. In this case, the "Latency" parameter in the advanced tab of the Songcast preferences can be increased to compensate for this. If increasing the latency does not fix the problem, the only current solution is to improve the network.
In the Songcast preferences pane, my DS gets stuck in the "Connecting" state
We have seen this issue on some networks where the Mac is wirelessly connected. As a work-around, disable and then re-enable WiFi? on your Mac.