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yaMPC 1.3 / Last Update: 10.20.2019

yaMPC

A Remote App for Music Player Daemon (MPD)

yaMPC for iPhone is yet another Client App (or Remote App) for Music Player Daemon (MPD). Its object is to quickly find albums or songs you want and play them comfortably. For that objective, yaMPC provides tabs and buttons so that you can quickly choose screens and functions and find albums and songs by various conditions. Try it now.

 

FREE Features:

  • Able to register multiple MPD Servers and switch them to control.
    • Connections scene: You can resister multiple MPD Servers and choose one of them to control.
    • Connection Settings scene: Setting connections to MPD and HTTP Server. Connection Test buttons. Auto-settings of Cover-Art URL for Volumio and MoOde.
    • Settings scene: Setting an MPD Sever and yaMPC options. 
  • Browse and search albums and songs you want and play them.
    • Queue scene:  lists songs in the Queue (or the Current Playlist), plays a song by tapping. Allows you to edit queue, clear queue and create a playlist form the queue.
    • Queue and Play scenes: You can play songs and pause, play next song, previous song, play randomly and repeatedly. Fast forward and rewind with buttons or slide bar. Control volume.
    • Albums scene: lists albums with cover-arts, album titles and album artists. Filter albums by album title and album artists.
    • Albums songs sub-scene:  lists songs in the tapped album. Add a song to Queue and/or play the song.

Features require In-App Purchase ($2.99USD in United States):

  • Filter and Search Albums and Songs by various conditions. Manage Playlist.
    • Browse scene: lists Genres, Artists, Composers, Playlist or Folder contents. Filter them by any string. Display albums and songs by tapping the list.
    • Search scene: You can search songs by title, artist and any tag. Play a song by tapping it. 

For more detail, refer to online manual:

Online Manual:  https://www.openaudiolab.com/yampc/man

 

yaMPC 1.3 iPad UI Demo Video


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What are different from the Music App in functions?

A1: iPhone's Music App is for playing Apple Music and a music library in your iPhone. While yaMPC is a remote control app for MPD (Music Player Daemon). yaMPC itself does not play music. However, MPD does support various music formats including High-resolution audio also known as HD audio. Also, MPD runs on various platforms including PC, Mac or even Raspberry-Pi. Therefore, you can expect better sound (better than iPhone) through your favorite Digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

 

 

Q2: What are benefits of MPD compared to Spotify or Apple Music?

A2: Spotify and Apple Music use lossy compressed sound formats, though their quality is quite high. While MPD supports lossless and High-resolution formats such as 192k/24bit PCM as well as lossy formats. I personally love Spotify and listen to its musics which I knew from my friends or music magazines. If I listen to a music many times and love it, I usually purchase High-resolution format of the music and listen to it with MPD and yaMPC.

 

Q3: What are different from Network Music Players sold at a store?

A3: Functions of MPD and Network Music Players are same but MPD is open. If you run MPD on Linux, you can add other functions such as OpenHome, Spotify Connect and AirPlay, on it because Linux is an open platform. Also, MPD Protocol is open as well. Therefore, there are other MPD Remote Apps than yaMPC. If you do not like yaMPC, you can use another app or a Web UI. While, if you bought a Network Music Player and fount it did not support Spotify connect, you cannot add it by yourself. Besides that, you have to use the maker's app to control the Network Music Player. Another benefit of MPD is it can run on a small (credit card size) and affordable (about $50USD) computer called Raspberry-Pi. Total cost of Raspberry-Pi computer, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), case and power supply will be $100 to $200. Therefore, you can place them every room in your house, such as living room, bedroom and kitchen. yaMPC can register multiple MPD Servers and switch them to control. 

Q4: But isn't troublesome to set up MPD?

A4: Yes, if you do not like DIY, it will be troublesome for you. This is a hobby, so if you do not like it, you do not have to do it. If you do not like assembling a player from parts and installing software on in, purchasing a CD Player or a Network Music Player may be a better solution for you. Though I will explain how to set up them on this site, Open Audio Lab, soon.

 

Q5: Does yaMPC support Android? How about iPad?

A5: No. Because yaMPC is an iOS app, it does not support Android devices, sorry.
Yes, now yaMPC 1.3 runs on iPad with optimized UI for iPad (master-detail interface), Slide Over and Split View.

 

Q6: Volumio and MoOde have Web UI. Why do I need yaMPC?

A6: Firstly, apps are faster than Web UI in some (not all) use cases. Web UI and Apps are complementary. Please try FREE features of yaMPC and compare it with your Web UI. Secondly, yaMPC can control multiple MPD Servers with its same UI. For example, you may want to place a small Raspberry-Pi Zero W player with light-weight MPD without Web UI in your bedroom. While you might place Volumio 2 + Raspberry-Pi 3B+ in your living room. yaMPC can control both of them with same UI.