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Description

Whitebear Media Server is a very specialised Media Server application, that is specifically designed to interface with Logitech's Squeezebox music server (Squeezebox Server).

Media Server

Whitebear is a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible Digital Media Server (DMS) that acts as a front end for Logitech's Squeezebox Server.  This enables UPnP/DLNA compliant Digital Media Players (DMP) to access, browse and play tracks from your Squeezebox Server library.

Media Renderer

In addition Whitebear is an individual UPnP/DLNA compatible Digital Media Renderer (DMR) that acts as a front end for each Logitech Squeezebox player that it finds in your home audio network.  This enables UPnP/DLNA compliant Control Points to control and play music files on the respective Squeezebox player by means of the "Play To" context menu.

Download

You can download the Setup program to install Whitebear Media Server here

Software Pre- Requisites

Whitebear can be installed either as a Windows stand-alone executable, or as a Windows service.  Whitebear Media Server requires Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, and also Squeezebox Server to be installed (and running) on your machine.

Transcoding Support

Whitebear can transcode music files from AAC, AIF, ALAC, APE, FLAC, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, WAV, WMA and WVP format to players capable of playing PCM, MP3, WAV and FLAC formats.

Screen Shots

Here you can see an example of music files being shared by Whitebear on Windows Media Player 12...

Here you can see how Whitebear makes your Logitech Squeezebox players available in the "Play To" menu of Windows Media Player 12...

And here you can see some music files actually being played to a Logitech Squeezebox player by Whitebear after having been selected by the "Play To" menu of Windows Media Player 12...

Firewalls

In order to be visible from other computers, Whitebear must be given access through your firewall. If you use Windows Firewall, then the Whitebear setup program will make the necessary changes in the firewall settings. However if you use a firewall other than Windows Firewall, you will probably need to make the necessary firewall adjustments manually.

Note:  Whitebear relies on the UPnP communication framework. This means that on both your server and connected client computers, the respective Windows UPnP services must be turned on, and the respective ports also opened up on the firewall.

Forum

Follow the forum discussion concerning Whitebear on the Squeezebox Community Forums: http://forums.slimdevices.com/

Current Version

The current version is mentioned in the Revision History below. This version of Whitebear Media Server is fully functional, but nevertheless it may still have some minor glitches. Please feel free to try it out and kindly please give me feedback via the link below.

Improved in this Version

The Play To functionality has been substantially re-engineered. The interworking with J. River Media Center has been greatly improved. A Squeezebox Server plugin has been added so that players now support track meta data and album art on the Play To function. Some bugs in the UPnP discovery functions have been fixed. And browse tree now includes a Random Tracks folder, and an Artists | All Songs folder.

Known Issues

The following are known issues, not yet solved:

Revision History

October 27, 2012

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