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Hi-Fi Cast 1.041 has been released to beta

This release (and version 1.040 from last week) contain the following changes:

- The disappearing scroll handle bug has been fixed. This is my third attempt but I think I've got it right this time. Steve reported this one months ago so apologies for taking so long.
- Now when you hit the back button to go back to a long list, the app will remember where you were in the list
- In the Google Home app and Chromecast notifications, the app name will now appear as 'Hi-Fi Cast' rather than 'Default Media Receiver'
- The Google Home app now lists Hi-Fi Cast in the MY MUSIC & AUDIO APPS section
- Improved re-connecting to the selected media server after the device has been asleep for a while.
- Fixed error that could occur with particular invalid XML sent by some servers
- Added more default icons - this means that fewer items in lists will display the default boring folder icon. This will be especially noticeable if your server doesn't supply icons/images for containers such as albums, genres etc and if you have tabs hidden.


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Bob Mulcahy

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Love the app; works perfectly! Dumb question: I'd like to support development, but I don't see how to invoke the in-app purchase. The app isn't showing ads. Maybe after a certain amount of time it will prompt me?

Also, I'm curious whether it would be possible one day for the file browser to replace the folder icon with folder.jpg if available? Maybe it's a DLNA limitation that prevents this.

Again, thank you!
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Sure. Both good suggestions.

The app currently does display the composer but only if the genre is 'Classical'. I can make that behaviour configurable.
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.033 has been released to beta

This release adds the following new features and bug fixes:
- Gapless playback of AAC files via Chromecast
- Improvements to MP3 gapless via Chromecast
- Fixed crash that could happen when loading media library
- FLAC/WAV up to 24/192 can be played gaplessly via Chromecast (previously limited to 26/96)

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Kevin Sweeney

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Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!! I've been struggling with BubbleUPnP for years. All I've ever wanted in life (I'm a simple man) is way to stream the hi-res (and sometimes regular) files from my PC to my stereo via Chromecast Audio, AND THIS IS IT!!! I hereby nominate whoever created this app for sainthood.

Volume control via the phone would be nice, but I can live without it. This app (so far) is rock solid stable. It said it couldn't find my server (Logitech Media Server) but it worked anyway.

24/192 support would be nice, as I also use a regular Chromecast/HDMI DAC solution of my own design I call the Kromecaster that supports it, but again, I can live without that for the stability, and ease of use this wonderful app offers. I am spreading the word all over the net. This app rocks, and you now have an ebullient fanboy on your team. Keep it simple, and spend my $1.99 wisely. Thanks again! 
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Physical volume control is a hit or miss proposition. Sometimes it works on my Samsung Note 3, sometimes it doesn't. I'm very pleased with this app. Anyone who owns a Chromecast Audio should give HiFi Cast a try to easily experience the superior sound of 24 bit files. 
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.029 has been released to beta

New features include:
* Items in the playback queue can be deleted without having to select 'Edit' mode (to delete, now just swipe to the right)
* Items in the playback queue can now be moved by grabbing the drag handle
* There is a new Chromecast gapless setting that will prevent gapless playback when in shuffle mode
* The scroll handle for large lists (over 100 items) is now a little larger so it's easier to grab

Bug fix:
* Fixed problem where orange scroll handle would sometimes disappear

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Agreed. That would be a useful feature to have.
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Hello, great looking app, works very well, but I have a feature request. Would it be possible to edit the play queue in a similar way to what is done in Plex or CloudPlayer apps, for example:
- dragging a song up and down the list to change the order?
-dragging a song to the right to remove it instead of having to click on the trash button?
I have not found a way to change the queue sequence. Have I missed something?

Thanls
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You can also check out the queue management on the Android Google Play music app. It works well.
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.023 has been released to beta

This release allows gapless playback when playing 16bit/44.1Khz FLAC files to Chromecast devices (enable this feature via Settings > Playback).

Playback to the local Android device is now gapless by default.
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.020 has been released to beta

The main new feature of this release is the ability to create playlists that are stored on your local device. You'll see a new tab called 'Local Playlists'.

When you click the overflow menu (three dots) on an album or track, you'll now see an 'Add to playlist' option.

And for media servers that support Search functionality you'll also see the 'Add to playlist' menu item on artists, genres and most other folders. In addition, for these servers you have the choice of adding the actual folder to the playlist (eg. album, artist, genre etc) or the individual tracks within the folder.

Playlists are added to the queue like any other item in your media library, and you can have multiple playlists in the queue at once.

Caveat:
Local playlists rely on the unique identifiers for folders and tracks generated by the media server. If the the server changes these identifiers then the local playlists will stop working. eg. using the -R option on MiniDLNA may change the identifiers. Doing a rescan on MinimServer may do the same.

Limitations:
Currently you cannot change the order of items within a playlist.
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.018 has been released to beta

Changes include:
- Display albums as a grid (this can be changed to list view in settings)
- Display image on background of 'Playing Now' screen
- Fast scroller UI improvements
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I did make it smaller, perhaps too small. Anyway, thanks for checking.
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.017 been released to beta

Changes include:
* Hi-Fi Cast can now play music stored on the android device itself
* More track information is displayed on the TV screen when playing via Chromecast
* The Media Server settings screen has been simplified

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Beta testing for Hi-Fi Cast Android music player app. To start beta testing, join this community and then visit the link below and opt in to become a tester and/or download the latest beta version of the app. https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.findhdmusic.app.upnpcast

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Hi-Fi Cast 1.038 has been released to beta

This release has the following changes:

- Added a 'Song Details' screen which lists some basic information about the current track. This is available via the menu on the 'Playing Now' screen and by tapping on the track title on the 'Playing Now' screen.
- Added support for the Minimserver digital booklets feature (available in Minimserver update 92) - this will replace previous functionality which relied on undocumented Minimserver behaviour. Links to the digital booklets will be displayed on the 'Playing Now' screen below the media format information and also on the new 'Song Details' screen in the 'Description' section.
- The In-App purchase screen (ie. Upgrade to Premium) can now be accessed from Settings.
- Fixed layout of Prev/Play/Next buttons which was sub-optimal (ie looked terrible) on some phones
- Fixed issue where artwork would not be displayed if it was high-resolution (there would just be a blank space) on both the browse screens and the 'Playing Now' screen.
- Added 'Force sort order for album tracks' option to the media server configuration. This is to try and get non-compliant servers to list tracks in 'track number' order.
- The 'Local Playlists' container will no longer be displayed in large top-level containers (this only really matters if for example you have your top level music folder set to something like 'Artists')
- Tweaked the MP3 gapless settings. There have been some reports of MP3s not playing in gapless mode on low-spec devices

Some known issues that have NOT been fixed in release:
- volume buttons not working consistently
- sometimes there is a large gap before last song when playing in gapless mode
- when resuming the app after a period of inactivity, the app cannot connect to media servers (disconnecting and then reconnecting to the wireless network apparently fixes the problem)

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Hi-Fi Cast 1.036 has been released to beta

This release includes the following:
- Extra menu options have been added to the 'Playing Now' and Queue screens; so now you don't have to go back to the main screen to access functionality such a selecting input/output devices, accessing settings and shuffling and queue management functions.
- Fixed issue where album art from some UPnP servers was not being displayed
- Hi-Fi Cast will now display the higher quality album art when a DLNA compliant server makes multiple resolutions available
- Fixed some Chromecast re-connection issues
- Fixed a glitch that could occur when multiple devices with the Hi-Fi Cast app installed were connected to the same Chromecast device. Sometimes playback would seemingly randomly alternate between songs on the different devices.
- Added a 'Send feedback' item to the toolbar menu

All and any feedback welcome. Thanks.


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Hi-Fi Cast 1.032 has been released to beta

This release has the following changes:

- Added Share option to main menu
- Fixed bug that results in a spurious error message during configuration of Media Server connection with some Media Servers (eg Logitech Media Server)
- Fixed bug where volume control would not work when connected to Chromecast on Lollipop or later versions of Android
- Added option to turn off wi-fi warnings

Enjoy
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.030 has been released to beta

The maximum resolution for gapless playback via Chromecast has been raised to 24bit/96kHz (was previously 16bit/44.1kHz).

NB. 24bit gapless will NOT work with the original Chromecast. The Chromecast Audio and 'New' Chromecast should work fine (haven't tested with a CC Ultra).

That's it for this release - so if someone wants to try gapless playback with hi-res FLAC or WAV files that would be great.

Thanks.

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One other thing that would be great is to memorize the position I each page when clicking on an item, and return to that same position when going back to the page (ex: in an album list, I scroll down to the bottom, click on an album, when I return to the album list I would like to be in the same position in the album list). It is very annoying to have to scroll through pages repeatedly when you have large lists...
Thanks! 
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Thanks again... 
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.026 has been released to beta

New Features:
- Playback can now continue on the Chromecast if the Android device is disconnected from the Network. To achieve this, Hi-Fi Cast synchronises its queue with the Chromecast device so that up to 100 tracks can continue to be played on the CC after the Hi-Fi cast app is disconnected.
--- If you want to disconnect from the CC (and keep playing music) but stay on the network, go to the 'Select playback device' screen and hit the disconnect button. You can then select another device for playback or close the app and music will keep playing on the CC.
--- You can see the number of items queued on the CC by going to the 'Select playback device' screen.
--- Note this feature will not work if WAV/FLAC tracks are in the queue and the WAV/FLAC gapless playback setting is enabled. It will also not work if your are playing music from the library on your device and you disconnect from the network or close the app.

- Added Reshuffle option (in the menu on the 'Queue' screen)

Bug Fixes:
- Respond to media buttons when the app is in the background
- Fixed bug where more than one 'This Device' was sometimes listed on the 'Select Playback Device' screen
- Allow offline devices to be deleted from the 'Select Playback Device' and 'Select Media Server' screens
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.024 has been released to beta

This release contains the following bug fixes:
* Fixed bug where Hi-Fi Cast running on Android version 7 (Nougat) would not connect to UPnP/DLNA servers
* Fixed bug where queue was not updated in gapless mode (when playing to local device or chromecast)
* Fixed bug where playing now screen was not updated in gapless mode (when playing to chromecast)

If anyone out there can test using Android 7 (Nougat) that would be great.
Thanks
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Hi-Fi Cast 1.022 has been released to beta

This release add gapless support when playing WAV files (up to 44.1kHz) to Chromecast devices. This feature is still experimental will probably cause increased battery drain and choppy playback on less powerful android devices.

To enable gapless playback, go to Settings > Playback
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Screenshot of Hi-Fi Cast app (with fake data) showing scrollbar
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