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Description of Kitchen Radio (Music player)
This is an Internet Radio and Music player.
The app is designed to be simple, it has to be switched on and off whenever you want music (in your kitchen or elsewhere). Press a button to start radio, press button to switch it off.
* Internet ratio streaming
* Playback of music from device's local storage
* Playback of music from LAN or NAS over WiFi
* Showing album art image of current song (provided by last.fm)
* Playback possible to DLNA -enabled audio device on LAN
-= Configuration =-
The app may need some configuration first. Mainly to setup music folders and adding your favorite radio stations.
To enter app Settings, tap bottom of three main buttons on left. However, settings are locked. You know the situation when little Indians touch everything and untune your kitchen radio. You don't want to tune it too often, that's why settings are locked. After tapping the Unlock button, you're asked for password (9999 by default). Then settings are unlocked, and you can do things:
* Export/import settings - exporting packs app settings to device's mass memory, importing brings them back to app. That's suitable for moving stations and other settings to another device.
* Change password for unlocking the settings
* Add station - allows you to add new station, which is process similar to editing station - read below how.
* Preferences - setup folder for LAN and for local music folder on device.
With unlocked settings you can do one more thing - edit radio stations. That is long-pressing on radio station to edit it or delete it.
-= Browsing music folders =-
There is middle button on left, which opens music folders, located either on device, or on a LAN. You setup the folders in Preferences (see above). If LAN access needs username and password, you setup the location in form user:[email protected]/MyMusic. If there's no username/password needed, just omit the part before '@' and enter LAN's IP address, optionally followed by path to music folder. For on-device music folder, just enter it's path, by default it's set to Music folder on device's mass memory.
Select files to play. This app uses simple way to play all music files in a folder, including all sub-folders. Whenever you press blue arrow icon to start folder playback, that folder gets played. You can browse inside to select specific folder, or play your entire Music collection. Randomly or track by track.
You can add some music folder as favorite, such folders are listed at top. Otherwise they're sorted by name.
-= Browsing radio stations =-
Press topmost button on left to see list of configured radio stations. By default there is only one radio station there, but you can configure your own. To add station, unlock the settings and click Add station in the Settings area.
After selecting radio station, it starts to play.
Stations are automatically rated, stations to which you listen most are shown at top of list.
-= Playback screen =-
Both ways of audio source (music folder or radio station) show Player screen. That is the most important screen of the app. It shows basic information about music file (if available), and attempts to download song's related album image, which is displayed at background.
Playback screen also offers three buttons - Previous (track or station), Pause/Resume and Next (track or station).
Top part of screen shows artist name, song name and station title or album name. Pressing this area shows menu for searching about played song or author, or ever find YouTube video of the song.
Long-press on album art image hides all controls, so that you can enjoy uncovered image.
Playing songs from a music folder reveals another controls - navigation bar to set position withing track, and two buttons for random playback and repeat mode.
-= Selecting DLNA renderer =-
This is done in Settings tab. Select audio device on LAN where audio will be sent, or select local device. This way you can play audio in other audio equipment at your home.
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