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    Is 'media manager' the ONLY application allowing me to stream audio from my computer?

    I have set up my AW3000 speaker using my mobile phone and the airstudio app. I have also installed the 'media manager' application on my macbook pro. My experience with 'media manager' so far has not been positive. The application is extremely laggy and often stops responding altogether. Furthermore, integration with my standard choice for playing music (the Spotify service) seems to be nonexistent.

    I do not think the lag and freezing of media manager is due to any bad system specs - all other software on my laptop is working just fine.

    I would like to know whether there are other (third-party) applications that can take care of audio streaming from my laptop. Something akin to Airfoil perhaps, except that it would work with Philips' streaming protocol rather than airplay. Integration with Spotify on my laptop would be the ideal solution.

    I am not sure why only the mobile version of Spotify is supported so far. Surely a wireless speaker would benefit from decent software for use with PCs and Macs besides mobile phones and tablets? After all, I am not going to lug it around in public - it is very much a home sound system.
    Last edited by cbrinkerink; 11-28-2012 at 06:12 PM. Reason: Typo.

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    Hi !

    Any UPnP or DLNA compliant media server for your Mac will work with your AW3000. It's a standardized (not like AirPlay which is Apple propriety) protocol, so just google for a DLNA (or UPnP) server for your Mac and you'll find some alternatives.
    That's the beauty of open standards

    Cheers !

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    Hi,

    Mayber you try analyse the wifi network nearby, there may be serious interference at the same wifi channel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tias View Post
    Hi !

    Any UPnP or DLNA compliant media server for your Mac will work with your AW3000. It's a standardized (not like AirPlay which is Apple propriety) protocol, so just google for a DLNA (or UPnP) server for your Mac and you'll find some alternatives.
    That's the beauty of open standards

    Cheers !
    Hi Tias, thank you for your reply. I have spent some time trying to find DNLA/UPnP servers and there seem to be plenty around. However, these all seem to work in the following way:

    - Run the DLNA server software on the computer, and tell it where to find the music files to share over the network.
    - Use some media device (TV box, PS3, other computer) to select the music you want to stream from the DLNA server on the computer.

    But the AW3000 speaker has no music browsing capability, and it can't 'ask' for music from an external source. I am looking for a way to 'push' music to the speaker, but this seems to be a separate process from the passive sharing of music/other media over a network. I am confused about the fact that software that can do this seems so hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrinkerink View Post
    Hi Tias, thank you for your reply. I have spent some time trying to find DNLA/UPnP servers and there seem to be plenty around. However, these all seem to work in the following way:

    - Run the DLNA server software on the computer, and tell it where to find the music files to share over the network.
    - Use some media device (TV box, PS3, other computer) to select the music you want to stream from the DLNA server on the computer.
    Correct, that's how it's supposed to work

    Quote Originally Posted by cbrinkerink View Post
    But the AW3000 speaker has no music browsing capability, and it can't 'ask' for music from an external source. I am looking for a way to 'push' music to the speaker, but this seems to be a separate process from the passive sharing of music/other media over a network. I am confused about the fact that software that can do this seems so hard to find.
    You are wrong.
    Using the AirStudio app does exactly what you want, i.e. allows you to browse and select music from a UPnP/DLNA server and push it to your AW/MCi/NP/WAC/WAS device.
    If you think AirStudio doesn't work good, try Twonky, it will basically allow you to do the same but from a PC (I am not sure if there's a Twonky for Mac).

    Cheers !

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    There is a twonky for Mac and a Twonky for Mobile/tablet. I would also recommend Bubble UPNP.

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