Originally Posted by dunnersfella
verypsb: DLNA implementation is very much only a tiny component of MusicCast.
You're right about that. But without a good DLNA implementation I'm not even able to use the other (main) features that MusicCast should offer in a satisfying manner. DLNA is not really good, it has many, many issues. I don't think DLNA even supports gapless playback. But Yamaha made the choice to use DLNA, not me... (While most media streaming options that work well are using a proprietary system, for obvious reasons)
As a long time Yamaha supporter, I was impressed with the features that were offered by MusicCast. High resolution audio, multi-room sync, integration, the MusicCast hardware looked very capable. I thought I found my Squeezebox ecosystem replacement!
But trying the MusicCast app was a disillusionment. Without MusicCast applications that give users a really good user experience, using mobile devices and/or web browsers for conventional OSes, MusicCast is, as OpenMindAudio mentioned before, dead on arrival. Without good software the hardware is dead in the water. MusicCast should be advertised as a system that is not capable of playing back from a local library. Try browsing my moderate local library (consisting of total tracks: 56,654, total albums: 4,587, total artists: 13,395) with MusicCast, it's simply not possible. MusicCast looks, feels & responds like a media streaming system from 1995 or older, and even then I ditched media streaming systems that behaved like this.
It is indeed possible for Yamaha to improve the applications, but this is a feature that should have been a priority in the first place. And IMHO, I don't think Yamaha has a good track record supporting and developing the software side of their audio/visual line up, speaking from experience. At the pace Yamaha is improving the local server function, you probably have replaced your receiver about 10 times with a newer model. MusicCast has been around now for almost 2 years? It isn't that Yamaha did not have some good (and bad!) design examples from competitors of working and feature complete media streaming systems.
You can't expect customers to take MusicCast seriously in it's current state. Maybe Yamaha should take the Sonos route and make MusicCast a PLEX client (Plex and Sonos: Better Together
) or use a "high end" media streaming server option like ROON and make MusicCast a RoonReady device (Roon: The music player for music lovers
). Even better, support both! That way Yamaha wouldn't have to try to invent the wheel once more...
I hope my Squeezeboxes don't fail soon and last for a long time to come!