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Latest OS X testing -- Yosemite and iTunes 12.0.1

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elephant posted on Sat, Oct 18 2014 4:04 AM

I was somewhat concerned to see degree of surface change to iTunes.

What if something fundamental had changed and BMLink / LinkPlayer (I or II) stopped working ?

 

So at this stage I have upgraded my MacBook to Yosemite (OS X 10.10) and that includes iTunes 12.0.1 and I have done a keyboard test of LinkPlayer I (as opposed to using a BeoPort and Beo4) and that seemed to work. 

I have now upgraded the MacMini (media centre, the heart of my universe) to iTunes 12.01. and I am listening to Net-Music via BMLink - so that all seems very cool.  In fact I am tempted to stop testing and just enjoy ... started with Jeff's recommendation, Kimiko Itoh, and now listening to a music video on a blacked out BV8-40 Devil

However some comments about iTunes 12.0.1 (I will restrain from passing comments (positive and cautionary) about Yosemite other than to say it might be like Vegemite ... something you adore or something you dislike.

The iTunes interface is ... nice ... I think.  It is fresher, cleaner, but then at times you find yourself back in the old word, or a half-way house of old & new visual design / menus.  However I think it will take getting used to.  Just glad BMLink works !

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Tested the dot version you asked for on El Capitan and it was OK in PC mode (I don't have a beoport and beolabs in my Cary-on Big Smile)

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Very good.  I guess I can't sit on Mountain Lion and iTunes 11.3.1 forever.

 

I think the day BM-Link stops working with iTunes is the day I sell all my B&O stuff and move to Sonos.

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dilznik:

Very good.  I guess I can't sit on Mountain Lion and iTunes 11.3.1 forever.

 

I think the day BM-Link stops working with iTunes is the day I sell all my B&O stuff and move to Sonos.

I hope that day has not arrived ... however my initial test of the Apple Music version of iTunes did not look good.

I had posted this finding in the Apple Music thread in the General Forum.

Unfortunately the iCloud Library matching process is now underway -- seems they did not repurpose the findings from iTunes Match ... so now my system is doing a bulk upload of "missing" items.

I hope to resume testing in a few hours -- however even though the upload process is speedier that the Photos process, I have very limited diagnostics as to where we are in the process ... it has been sitting at 99% complete for almost 10 hours, during which it has moved 544 MB of music :(

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FYI the process has identified the 3 Apple Music curated playlists I marked on my iPhone, as well as some of the albums I marked.

As you can see those albums/tracks (unpurchased but marked for offline playing on the phone) are shown as in the cloud (for the moment at least) -- they are the three most recently added items.

I have also included a snapshot of the useless progress indication ...

 


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elephant:
I have also included a snapshot of the useless progress indication ...


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It occurred to me that I can hook the Mini up to the A.Aux port of the B&O but then the remote will be good for nothing but turning it on and off and the volume.  I'd have to go into the Apple Remote app to change songs up and down and at that point I really can switch to Sonos since that was alway the biggest thing that bugged me about Sonos.

 

That and their speakers are ugly.

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dilznik:

It occurred to me that I can hook the Mini up to the A.Aux port of the B&O but then the remote will be good for nothing but turning it on and off and the volume. I'd have to go into the Apple Remote app to change songs up and down and at that point I really can switch to Sonos since that was alway the biggest thing that bugged me about Sonos.

Prior to my test of yesterday I had been thinking "who needs the Moment, the macMini/beoPort and an iPad are just as good".

So I am hoping that I can sort this out !

I am frustrated by the upload process -- since my last post some hours ago it has moved forward by only 140MB.

edit - I spoke too soon ... The posts showed up today !

The other frustration is that I think iOS 8.4 has broken my Last.FM scribbler .... grrrr .... so iPhone usage of Apple Music has not been tracked, however iTunes pages was !

dilznik:

That and their speakers are ugly.

whose ? Bose ? Songs ? yes to both ... B&O hmmmm well sometime unfortunately yes

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I have written about my testing in the General Forum.

I just want to comment on the 2nd auto-reboot ...

It happened around the time that I noticed that:

A) it appeared as though the iCloud Library upload had ended

B) the useless status icon had reverted to an unfilled white moon with an explanation that the system was waiting on the iCloud Library for updates

C) there was a rotating iris / pinwheel / rosette indicating that a Genius playlist was being updated

After that second reboot there appears to be minimal background activity ... but I do not know if they had ended peacefully ... or if my system is now in some half-baked and unknown state.

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So I loaded up the new iTunes on an MBP I had here and hooked it up where my Mini usually is and tried it out.  BM-Link worked to turn my BeoSound 4 on, forward, back, the colored buttons worked, and I could do things like switch between artists and playlists.  So basically, it's doing exactly what I want it to do and was afraid it wouldn't.

 

I'm updating the Mini to Yosemite and the latest iTunes as well and I'll try again when El Cap comes out.

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Great news.

I have been using LinkPlayer I this morning. I had forgotten how useful the voice over was :-)

I'll return to BM-Link testing tomorrow with renewed vigour !

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