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Can Windows 7's 'Play to' feature be implemented in Win XP through 3rd party software ?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi,
As you all know that Windows 7 has a 'Play to' feature where right clicking on a media file (like MP3) can give you option to 'Play to' and then that file can be sent to a DMR (digital media tenderer) unit and can be played remotely. It works similar to AirPlay and files can be pushed to 'media renderers'. For example I have Pioneer X-SMC4 and I can send files from my Windows 7 PC to that Pioneer boom box through WiFi and it works flawlessly. Following is a video demonstrating 'Play to' feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-nEUq5mcI

I still have couple of older laptops which cannot run Windows 7 and I was wondering is there any 3rd party software solution for WIndows XP where I can have 'Push to' or 'Play to' option for media files under Windows XP?
Thanks.
post #2 of 12
I've been collecting links to applications for the OPPO FAQ: Is the player a Digital Media Renderer?

You'll have to check the system requirements for each.

I don't use this feature myself so the list grows slowly, as I see people reporting on the programs.

-Bill
post #3 of 12
I think Twonky Manager has this feature the actual proper name is DLNA DMC (digital media controller) paired with a DLNA DMR (digital media renderer).

Some music based players might have it to, maybe Monkey Media.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for helpful replies. And yes I was referring to DLNA DMC (digital media controller) paired with a DLNA DMR (digital media renderer).pairing. I would test one of these software and report back.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Alright I have tried Monkey Media, Mezzmo and Tvmobili so far on Win XP. Monkey Media and Mezzmo do not have "Push to" or DMC functionality. Tvmobili has so screwed up interface that I gave up on it and uninstalled it.
In the end I installed iTunes 10.2 (for AirPlay) and got done with it. However I have found few apps for my Android phone which has DMC capability and at cheaper price point than Twonky Manager or Mezzmo.
post #6 of 12

Can Windows 7's 'Play to' feature be implemented in Win XP through 3rd party so

I know your aren't looking for a media streamer, but I think the Western Digital devices do this now.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Another update.
I have just tried 'Twonky Manager' and yes I does have 'Play to' or DMC (Digital Media Controller) ability, But there are significant hurdles. Interface is very cumbersome and it did not work on some devices. For example it was able to push content to WDTV Live unit but could not push MP3 file to Pioneer X-SMC4 unit which both Win7 and iTunes had no problems with. Also sending files to Pioneer unit caused Pioneer unit to freeze and it needed a restart before it can accept files from either Win7 or iTunes.

Also 'Twonky Manager' was very flaky in operation. When I sent files to any DMR unit, it caused 'Twonky Manager' application to stop responding for 5 seconds or so. Very annoying, reminded me of Windows 95 era software. So I guess I would stick with iTunes or Bluetooth A2DP profile for pushing audio files.

However few Android based DMC apps worked fine, even with Pioneer unit, and without pauses and freezes.
post #8 of 12
The latest nightly builds of XBMC have this feature now, though XBMC is a media center UI and not something that is run as a traditional windowed application so it might be no good

Maybe it would be easier to just buy Win7 upgrade for WinXP or use your Android phone as the controller for a DLNA server running on the Win XP PC.

Mezzmo, Twonky Server, Serviio are just DLNA servers not controllers. Serviio is free by the way but it requires Java which is a major security risk, go into java control panel and disable java browser plugins to be safe.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
An Update,
So I tried a free media player for Windows XP called 'Foobar2000'. This media player has a 'UPNP plugin' which enables DMC and DLNA server functions. I initially had issues trying to successfully stream the audio to my Pioneer unit which was working as 'Digital Media Renderer'. Then I figured that I needed two way communication between DMC and DMR units so I added an exception for Foobar200 in Windows-XP. Adding the firewall exception did the trick and now I am streaming/pushing MP3s from my Windows-XP laptop to the jukebox.

Although I am having some issues with Foobar2000 play list and I am trying to figure it out, but at least I have one application which works as DMC. I have not tried but looks that now Serviio also has DMC function.

Rhoniel.
Edited by Rhoniel Kase - 7/20/13 at 8:22am
post #10 of 12
http://www.jriver.com/download.html
30 day trial period so you can test with your system.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Rhoniel Kase View Post

An Update,
SO I tried a free media player for Windows XP called 'Foobar2000'. This media player has a 'UPNP plugin' which enables DMC and DLNA server functions. I initially had issues trying to successfully stream the audio to my Pioneer unit which was working as 'Digital Media Renderer'. Then I figured that I needed two way communication between DMC and DMR units so I added an exception for Foobar200 in Windows-XP. Adding the firewall exception did the trick and now I am streaming/pushing MP3s from my Windows-XP laptop to the jukebox.

AL\lthough I am having some issues with Foobar2000 play list and I am trying to figure it out, but at least I have one application which works as DMC. I have not tried but looks that now Serviio also has DMC function.

Rhoniel.
A few issues to be aware of:
If you require gapless playback (ie no 'artificial' silent gaps between music tracks), then it's unlikely that it is supported when using your player device as a DLNA renderer. This is because support for gapless under UPnP/DLNA is in its infancy & is yet to be implemented by many players & control points.
Some DMS & DMC combinations work better than others, so its always best to try as many as you can with your specific player. So, for example, the pause function might work with one combination but not with another.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ok, Last Update,
Foobar2000 is working pretty good with UPNP plugin for last one week. I have tested successfully 'pushing' MP3 files to two different DMR units simultaneously. Only thing is that I have to add foobar2000 in the Windows Firewall exception list to allow 2 way communication.
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