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tb59427 posted on Sun, Sep 15 2019 12:09 PM

Hi all,

has anyone tried MacOS Catalina (beta)? Have you checked how BM-Link behaves in the absence of iTunes? Will it continue to work with the iTunes successors?

regards

Torsten

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Answered (Verified) RobN replied on Thu, Oct 10 2019 8:15 AM
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Hi Torsten & everyone,

I’ve received an email from Anders Ödlund who wrote BM-Link and it’s unfortunately not good news. He no longer lives in our part of the world and has no B&O equipment to develop or test an upgrade of the software. Consequently, I sadly conclude we’ve reached the end of the road with BM-Link when upgrading to Catalina.

The only temporary work-around is not to upgrade the music server running MacOS to Catalina until you absolutely have to. By then I hope our great community will have found an alternative way to feed music from Music running on MacOS Catalina into MasterLink.

Any ideas would be very welcome, I’ll start a new thread to see if anyone has the solution.

Best regards,

Rob

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Answered (Verified) HCvK replied on Sat, Jan 18 2020 5:09 PM
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Hello everyone,

I found a solution for my setup.

I've got an iMac in my home office room with 2 Beolab 6000 speakers.

I upgaded to Catalina.

In the system preferences of your MAC, you've got to go to the BM-link Settings. in the 3. tab "Details", I had to switch from "Start when iTunes starts" (which doesn't exist anymore). When I switched to "Start when BM-Link starts" it clicked in my BEOLAB 6000 and Music playing from the new Mac-music-app started Smile

I uploaded 2 screenshots, check them out

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RobN replied on Wed, Oct 9 2019 2:16 PM

Hi Torsten,

I’m just looking into this now. I’ve upgraded a MacBook to Catalina to test if BM-Link works okay, before upgrading my main music server (MAC Mini linked to DACMagic D2A).

First signs not encouraging. BM-Link runs fine & speakers can be turned on/off at command, but new Music app doesn’t start playing. It appears the loss of the iTunes app may have broken that function...

I will investigate further & report back.

best,

Rob

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RobN replied on Wed, Oct 9 2019 2:53 PM

Hi Torsten,

On further investigation it’s as I suspected, BM-Link cannot connect to the new Music app at all.

I’ve tried rebooting the Mac, reconnecting the BeoLink PC2, starting the Music app and BM-Link app in different orders. Always the same result, BM-Link starts good as gold, the attached BeoLab 4000s power up and down in response to Beo4 commands, but nothing happens in the Music app. Not 9nly does Music not start or stop playing the track it left off from when the BM-Link is activated, skip track (back or forward) and skip album (back or forward) don’t work.

I did try to rename the Music.app as iTunes.app, as a rather desparate measure, but permissions stopped me.

Unless anyone else has a better idea I think we all need to contact anders@odlund.se (who wrote BM-Link) and ask if he’d be kind enough to look at this for us? I don’t think he’s been actively updating the app for some time, so this might be a big ask.

Best,

Rob

 

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Answered (Verified) RobN replied on Thu, Oct 10 2019 8:15 AM
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Hi Torsten & everyone,

I’ve received an email from Anders Ödlund who wrote BM-Link and it’s unfortunately not good news. He no longer lives in our part of the world and has no B&O equipment to develop or test an upgrade of the software. Consequently, I sadly conclude we’ve reached the end of the road with BM-Link when upgrading to Catalina.

The only temporary work-around is not to upgrade the music server running MacOS to Catalina until you absolutely have to. By then I hope our great community will have found an alternative way to feed music from Music running on MacOS Catalina into MasterLink.

Any ideas would be very welcome, I’ll start a new thread to see if anyone has the solution.

Best regards,

Rob

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Hi Rob,

sad news indeed but somehow not much of a surprise. If Anders shared source code, maybe some could look into it...

regards

Torsten

 

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Answered (Verified) HCvK replied on Sat, Jan 18 2020 5:09 PM
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Hello everyone,

I found a solution for my setup.

I've got an iMac in my home office room with 2 Beolab 6000 speakers.

I upgaded to Catalina.

In the system preferences of your MAC, you've got to go to the BM-link Settings. in the 3. tab "Details", I had to switch from "Start when iTunes starts" (which doesn't exist anymore). When I switched to "Start when BM-Link starts" it clicked in my BEOLAB 6000 and Music playing from the new Mac-music-app started Smile

I uploaded 2 screenshots, check them out

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That indeeds sounds great. Did you also check music distribution via Masterlink? Still working? In other words, pressing N.MUSIC in a different room starts playing music?

regards

Torsten

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Hi all,

did some testing today with my Catalina-upgraded MBP. I can confirm that BM Link basically works also via Masterlink. What doesn't seem to work is music starting upon pressing N.MUSIC. However starting music manually (or via the iOS remot app) starts music distribution via MasterLink. So it appears the only thing not working anymore (which was to be expected) is remote control of the Music app. Not a major issue from my perspective as I am usually remote controlling music via the iOS remote app anyway.

Bottomline: upgrading to Catalina doesn't break music distribution to MasterLink. It only breaks remote controlling music play. If only we could get our hands on the BM Link app. I am pretty sure the changes to remote control music are pretty minimal. BM Link sends system events to remote controll iTunes. It seems these have changed.

regards

Torsten

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Ctumm replied on Fri, Jan 24 2020 2:31 PM

I've install Catalina on my MacPro.

BM-Link start with error message  :

=> I can't use Music App but get playback from radio or other source running on my Beo sound system via master link.

If someone get a solution to fix path in BM-Link settings...

Best regards

Christophe

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Ctumm replied on Fri, Jan 24 2020 2:31 PM

I've install Catalina on my MacPro.

BM-Link start with error message  :

=> I can't use Music App but get playback from radio or other source running on my Beo sound system via master link.

If someone get a solution to fix path in BM-Link settings...

Best regards

Christophe

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Ctumm replied on Fri, Jan 24 2020 2:35 PM

Error message :

Failed to open iTunes Music Library at the following path : /Volumes/HD support/iTunes/iTunes Library.xml

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