From initilal setting and to music playing with Alix or APU.
For the users who are new to EasyMPD, this document explains all process from initial setting and to music playing.
You do not need to worry. It is not too difficult to build a network music player. Anyone who can understand the concept of network player a little, can easily build and can use the network music player. You don't need to hesitate to try and you don't need to buy the expensive pre-existing products that exceed thousands dollars in price. EasyMPD will help you can obtain the network player with PC Engines' Alix and APU, that will give you better sound quality and easier use than other pre-existing product even with low cost.
If you don't have Alix or APU board yet you can purchase it at PC Engines homepage.
Concept of Alix or APU network player and how to configure.If you are totally new to the network player or do not have any concept of it, you'd be better to read this document of how to configure Alix network music player before start.
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The requirements for Alix or APU network music player.
Alix or APU network music player can work in "MPD Player" mode or in "DLNA/UPnP Media Renderer" mode. You can choose one of the two modes in initial Setup Wizard. And you can switch to another mode easily at any time when you want. Below is a brief description of each mode.
If you decide to choose one of the modes, You must continue to follow the steps for each mode as below.
[Step 1] Download and install EasyMPD to Alix and APU (You can try with 30 Days Free version or can purchase the license.)
You can use 30 Days Free Trial Version before purchasing. Go to download and install 30 Days Free version.
Or you can purchase license for the official version without expiration.Go to see how to purchase EasyMPD license and installation.
[Step 2] Open EasyMPD WEB GUI(management web page)All settings and any changes of settings are available on the web with just mouse click. EasyMPD provides Web interface for user to handle Alix easily in web browser. We call the Web user interface "EasyMPD WEB GUI (Web Graphic User Interfaces)".
You can open EasyMPD WEB GUI with several various ways. But the easiest way is that you enter "easympd/" in address bar at the top of web browser and hit enter. Please do not omit "/".
If you cannot open the WEB GUI with this method then please Go to see other ways.
When the WEB GUI opens, it will ask you a username and a password. The initial default username is "root" and the password is "easympd".
[Step 3] The initial Setup WizardIf it is the first time you open EasyMPD WEB GUI, The Initial Setup Wizard will start automatically. Then you can follow the instruction of Setup Wizard. You can finish the initial settings of Alix network music player easily with help of this Setup Wizard.
Alix network music player can work in two player modes, in "MPD Player" mode or in "DLNA/UPnP Media Renderer" mode. You can choose one of the two modes in this initial Setup Wizard.
If you choose DLNA/UPnP Renderer in the Setup Wizard, below step 4 and 5 are not applicable to you. Instead, you can see below three links to documents about DLNA/UPnP. (If you choose MPD Player, below links are not applicable to you. Go straight across to step 4.)
[Step 4] How to install and setup MPD Client
If the Setup Wizard ended successfully in step 3, let's listen to music using Alix. Now you will need a remote control to control Alix. As a remote control, you can use your portable device such as smartphone and tablet PC or you can use a standard computer such as desktop and laptop computer. MPD Client is the program that is used to control Alix in those devices.
This example video will help you to understand about MPD Client.
As like all other music player programs, MPD also creates and manages the database for tag and path informations of music files.
If you finished the Initial Setup Wizard successfully, EasyMPD orders MPD to scan the registered music directories and to create the database automatically. But if the change of music files in the registered music directories occurs after the Initial Setup Wizard, MPD cannot detect the change and will not update the database automatically. So you should manually let MPD update the database. You can do it with MPD Client program. You can see the way how to update database with MPD Client program in above links as well.
Please go to Step 5 if you want to know about MPD database more.
[Step 5] Understanding MPD databaseMost problems occur in use of Alix network music player are due to the lack of understanding MPD database. You might need to know about MPD database for your pleasant music life with Alix.
Please see below solutions if you failed to create database or it will take too much time.
[Step 6] Check the status of Alix with LEDs.You can check the status of Alix with the three LEDs in front of Alix. This link explain how to know the status of Alix with the LEDs. It is recommended to know how to read the LED's signal. It will help you to use Alix easily.
[Step 7, for reference] TroubleshootingPlease search the case of your problem in this link before contact us. Most problem can be solved with this troubleshooting list.
[Step 8, for reference] Compatible DAC or DDC for AlixIf you let us know whether your DAC is compatible to EasyMPD or not via e-mail, We will update this list. And it will help for other users. Thanks.