I just discovered this app a few days ago, and thought it was cool. Then I had some guests over this weekend, and realized how very superior it is to the other controller options I have used in the past for the Squeezebox ecosystem at our home.
Here is my forum-style review. Yes, I am in the honeymoon fanboy stage. That will wear off of course, but it still won't change the fact that I have tried every control option for the Squeezebox ecosystem and think this one is superior for everyday use.
Note that the one problem with the UI is a learning curve piece: To get back out to the main menu on the left you have to swipe along the top of the menu. There is no home button and swiping any place other than the top of the menu on the left doesn't work. This isn't a bad system but it took me a minute to figure it out.
One of the things that sets systems like Sooloos or Sonos apart from the Squeezebox environment is a better user interface, especially if one doesn't want to use a computer. There is the dedicated LCD remote that Logitech makes that is pretty nice, but it's a couple hundred bucks, and has a tiny screen.
There have been a couple of iPhone apps that are good. iPeng is one. But with the arrival of the iPad, the opportunities for a super nice, super easy, uncluttered controller have been greatly expanded.
And the news is good. For ten bucks, the new Squeezepad app is really really nice. I use it as my exclusive control for an ecosystem consisting of a SB3, two of the headless units, a Boom, and a slave software emulation on a PC.
If you have a squeezebox and ipad and want a great remote control, I recommend it. Here is what I wrote in my review:
I have friends who have spent hundreds of dollars on fancy controllers and servers for their music collection. I went the simple and thrifty route, and set up a system basic on the logitech / squeezebox / slimdevices environment. If you have a squeezebox, even if you have the duet controller, you owe it to yourself to buy this app!
Giant cover art, easy browsing and searching, great support for plug ins. This thing is the life of the party. For $10 you are getting an interface similar to the thousand dollar Sooloos interface, or the several hundred dollar Sonos interface except, wait, this one is better. Unlike Sonos, this controls a more open system, with a bigger screen and easier interface. Unlike Sooloos, this one can move around the house with you. (Yes I know you can add a ipad app to the Sooloos and Sonoa if you have already spent the hundreds or thousdands on their system. Remember, this app is $10!)
I've been struggling using the web interface to control my squeezeboxes. And I've been struggling with pixel doubling the iphone version of ipeng. Box work sort of. But SqueezePad is faster, more reliable and looks better than those apps.
What's missing? Well, a more advanced robust search option would be great. A pure cover flow option would be nice. But really, most of what is already enabled on the server works in this snappy app. And it works fast and looks much better than any SB world alternative.
This is the new king on the block and the one to beat! Buy it before the secret gets out and the developer realizes he could charge $30 for it :-)
Here are some of the official screen shots from the app description.
I posted in the Squeezebox Touch thread but the app for the iPad is awesome. I have over 90k songs on an external hard drive on my pc. So with streaming from the pc the app performs very well. As of now I have had no problems or hang ups. I've tried everything to include searches, building playlists, etc., and no problems. I'm outdoors on the patio listening to my outdoor speaks and with this kind of convenience I'm extremely happy. Install and setup was a breeze also.
I'm the author of SqueezePad and just wanted to let you know, that with the latest release I put much effort into changing the looks of SqueezePad completely
Now it should make even more fun to control your Logitech Squeezebox on your iPad.
Gone are the times of a blueish background ... we now have a very polished looking dark theme (see the attachment).
Also the usability problems mentioned on the first post have been solved in the meantime.
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Originally Posted by nathan_h
There is a small iPad, it's called an iPod Touch.....
...though I agree, something between the two would be fun.
Of course, with Squeezpad on the iPad, with a few plug ins, you essentially have the control interface of a Sooloos.
I like having that big a screen since I like to pull up the album reviews and artist bios etc.
That's a nice point; I would like to as well, but as you said...not so practical currently.
I was going to say that if I ever decided to use an iPad or MiniPad (as opposed to...no, we won't go there ), I could lose the Touch and go back to a Duet Receiver; then I realized, I would lose hi-res support. I wonder if Logitech will ever introduce a "bare-bones" receiver, ala the Duet, that supports hi-res...for those who don't need/want the touchscreen at the receiver (which I imagine is just about everybody...lol)?
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato