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Description

Hi-Fi Cast is a music player app that also allows you to effortlessly stream music from Internet Radio stations, UPnP/DLNA media servers or your phone to your Chromecast, Google Home or UPnP/DLNA media player.

Key Features:
• Plays music from DLNA/UPnP media servers, SHOUTcast Internet Radio* or your Android device.
• Plays music to your Chromecast, Google Home or UPnP/DLNA media player (including compatible Smart TVs, PVRs, AV Receivers, Wireless Speakers, Media Streamers, Bose Soundtouch and Yamaha MusicCast2 speakers) or your local Android device
• Available in English, German, Italian and Russian
• Shuffle entire library and/or any combination of albums, artists, genres etc regardless of the size of your music library (when using DLNA/UPnP, this requires a server that supports searching - most do).
• Gapless playback of MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV files when playing to Chromecast and Google Home devices (enable this feature via Settings > Chromecast)*
• Volume normalization (ReplayGain) when playing compatible FLAC files to Chromecast devices (enable this feature via Settings > Chromecast)*
• Home screen widget
• Three themes to choose from including an ultra-dark theme designed to reduce battery drain on AMOLED screens.
• Sleep timer
• Last.fm scrobbling

UPnP/DLNA Features:
• Fast and efficient searching of your music collection regardless of size. Search for Albums, Artists and Songs (requires your UPnP/DLNA server to support searching).
• Designed for the largest (and smallest) music collections. Effortlessly scroll through thousands of albums, artists or songs at a time. Limited only by the capabilities of your UPnP/DLNA media server.
• Full shuffling capabilities (for UPnP/DLNA servers that support searching)
• Create local playlists
• Access your album booklets from within the app when using Minimserver as your Media Server.
• Playback to UPnP/DLNA renderers. If your renderer supports gapless, enable this via Settings > UPnP/DLNA (even if your renderer does not support gapless, enabling this setting may reduce gaps between tracks).

Chromecast Gapless Information*
• Gapless playback via Chromecast Audio devices is limited to WAV and FLAC files up to 24bit/96kHz and gapless compatible MP3 and AAC files. Gapless playback via Chromecast video devices is limited to 16bit WAV and FLAC files and gapless compatible MP3 and AAC files. Your phone/tablet must remain connected to the local network during Chromecast gapless playback.

Chromecast Volume Normalization Information*
• Volume normalization is limited to FLAC files containing ReplayGain tags. Volume normalization via the 'Original' Chromecast is limited to 16bit FLAC files . Your phone/tablet must remain connected to the local network during playback when volume normalization is in effect.

SHOUTcast Radio Information*
• When playing SHOUTcast Radio to a UPnP/DLNA media player, the player must support playback of SHOUTcast streams.

In-App Purchase and Ads
• Hi-Fi Cast may stop playback and prompt you to upgrade to the premium version from time to time. It may also display ads. If you decide to upgrade via the in-app purchase, your music listening will be entirely ad and interruption free (except of course that internet radio stations you choose to listen to may contain ads).

Troubleshooting, Bug Reporting and Feedback
If you are having problems using Hi-Fi Cast or you have found a bug please contact us using the 'Send Feedback' menu item in the app (and tap 'Include system info').

Hi-Fi Cast Help and Discussion Forum:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hi-cast-help-forum

Become a Beta tester:
https://plus.google.com/communities/107907944257580171909

Internet Radio in this app is powered by SHOUTcast Radio:
https://www.shoutcast.com

Images used in the screenshots are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license:
https://www.pexels.com/photo-license/

 Free in Google Play

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Mar 17, 2016 (almost 3 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 15 days, on average.

Nov 30
2018
(Current)
Version 1.099

* 'Local Folders' Media Server for directly browsing the local filesystem (you can find this under the 'Local' tab on the Media Servers screen)
* Back button in toolbar now goes to the previous screen (the old behavour can be re-enabled via Settings > Music Library)
* Fixed issue when playing albums from Logitech Media Server
* App will now ask for confirmation before deleting custom stations and playlists
* Folders can now be displayed as a grid (Settings > Music Library)

Nov 24
2018
Version 1.097

* Allow selection of multiple tracks to add to queue or playlist (long-press track to enter selection mode).
* Local playlists can now be edited. Select edit from the 3-dot menu in list header.
* Sleep timer improvements (it is now accessed via the 3-dot menu in the toolbar).
* Fixed bug that occurred when searching against Minimserver media server.

Oct 15
2018
Version 1.096

Added Composers, Recently Added, Years and Podcasts as top level containers when browsing 'This Device'
Prevent alarms, notifications, ringtones and podcasts from appearing when shuffling all songs from the local device.
Fixed display of zone names for Sonos UPnP renderers.
Added a privacy policy. Available on Google Play and from the Help menu within the app.

Sep 21
2018
Version 1.095

v1.095
You can now change the order and visibility of the top level tabs when browsing music on your local android device (Tap the 'This Device' Settings icon on the Media Servers screen)

v1.094
Equalizer is now available from the 3-dot menu on the Now Playing screen

Sep 17
2018
Version 1.094

Equalizer is now available from the 3-dot menu on the Now Playing screen
Various bug fixes

Sep 12
2018
Version 1.093

* 'Add to playlist' now available on the 'Now Playing' screen
* File size added to the 'Song Details' screen
* Fixed issue with playback to some Cambridge Audio devices
* Various bug fixes

Jul 24
2018
Version 1.092

* 'Add to playlist' now available on the 'Now Playing' screen
* File size added to the 'Song Details' screen
* Fixed issue with playback to some Cambridge Audio devices
* Various bug fixes

Jul 11
2018
Version 1.090

* Add any internet radio station to Hi-Fi Cast
-- Go to the SHOUTcast Favorites tab and select 'Add custom station' (when entering the URL use the direct stream URL for the station and not the m3u/pls URL)
* The album duration is now shown in the album view (if the 'extra album details' setting is enabled)
* Fixed issue where the app would not detect volume changes from UPnP/DLNA renderers
* Fixed issue where some Denon receivers would not be listed in the Playback Devices screen

May 23
2018
Version 1.089

* More sort options when browsing the local Music Library
* Selecting a genre now lists albums instead of tracks when browsing the local Music Library
* Fixed various Bluetooth issues
* Fixed playback of FLAC files to some Pioneer network audio players
* Russian is now the default language if the Android device language is Russian

Apr 21
2018
Version 1.088

* Italian translation, German translation
* More customization of the Now Playing screen including volume controls, image size and display of album title and year.
* Some UPnP renderer settings are now specified per renderer eg. Gapless. and there are extra settings.
* More reliable track advance when playing to Soundtouch UPnP renderers.
* Fixed music and app stopping unexpectedly on Oreo
* Fixed system volume slider not going to 100% (Marshmallow & Nougat) when playing to Chromecast

Apr 02
2018
Version 1.087

* German translation
* More customisation of the Now Playing screen including volume controls, image size and display of album title and year.
* Some UPnP renderer settings are now specified per renderer eg. Gapless. and there are extra settings.
* More reliable track advance when playing to Soundtouch UPnP renderers.
* There is now the ability to bookmark tracks (eg audiobooks) so they resume where they left off.

Some of the features above are enabled via settings. See https://goo.gl/3uXkVo

Mar 19
2018
Version 1.081

* Hi-Fi Cast is now available as a share target when sharing music from other apps
* Fix track advance with some Cambridge audio network players
* Show correct bitrate where UPnP server sends rate as kbps
* Show SHOUTcast station image in status bar notification

Feb 09
2018
Version 1.078

* Album name is now displayed in search results when searching a UPnP/DLNA server
* Fixed gapless playback to Chromecast devices for MP3 files that have been encoded with iTunes
* Fixed error where resume failed after pausing playback of SHOUTcast radio to Chromecast devices
* Prevent duplicates in search results when using MiniDLNA server
* Prevent duplicates being added to the playback queue when using Universal Media Server

Jan 12
2018
Version 1.076

* SHOUTcast Radio
-- Play Internet Radio to your Chromecast device or compatible UPnP/DLNA renderer
* Fixed issue where playback to a UPnP renderer might fail after reconnection to the local network
* Fixed issue where incorrect bitrate was displayed

Nov 21
2017
Version 1.073

* Sort by track number when browsing folders in WMP
* Fixed issue where app would complain about Wi-Fi being disabled even when device was connected via ethernet
* Added setting to prevent showing the 'Audio format not supported' notification when playing to UPnP/DLNA renderers
* Attempt to fix playback to wrong zone on some Pioneer receivers

Nov 09
2017
Version 1.071

* Show bitrate (cf. samplerate/bitdepth) for MP3 and AAC files
* Options for showing/hiding file format information (Settings => Now Playing)
* Shuffle mode is now turned off when playback is started from an album view in the media libary
* Fixed issue where seek was disabled if the DLNA server did not supply track duration

Oct 24
2017
Version 1.070

* Swipe the 'Now Playing' album cover for Prev/Next/Close
* Added (track) sort options when browsing folders on local device
* Stability improvements esp. on KitKat and Lollipop devices
* Smaller minimum widget size
* Improved error recovery when playing problematic FLAC files in gapless mode

Sep 19
2017
Version 1.069

* Prevent crash on some Huawei devices running Android 5.x
* The default theme is now the Dark theme
* Fixed bug where Now Playing screen would flip back to the previous track during track transitions
* Prevent album art in notifications (and lock screen on Android 5+) switching to placeholder image during track advance
* Added experimental Multi Control-Point mode to allow simultaneous connections to a single UPnP renderer (enable via Settings > UPnP/DLNA)

Aug 30
2017
Version 1.068

* Sleep timer
* Show scroller labels as A-Z rather than percentages when browsing local device
* Fixed issue where not all folders were visible when browsing local device
* Fixed bug where MP3 and AAC tracks would sometimes not play gaplessly
* Access 'Song Details' screen via overflow menu on individual tracks
* Fixed playback of Internet Radio via minimserver/minimstreamer

Aug 11
2017
Version 1.066

* A dark theme and a reeeeally dark theme
* Background image options for the 'Now playing' screen
* Long-pressing image on album grid now shows full-screen image
* Tapping image on header in list views now shows full-screen image

Jul 22
2017
Version 1.063

* Tap image on 'Now Playing' to get fullscreen album art
* Option to prevent saving playback queue
* Icon in Queue screen toolbar to bring current song into view
* Option to hide toolbar icons on queue screen
* Exit menu item
* Viewing folders in Twonky server will now display songs in track number order
* Fix track advance with some renderers (eg Squeezebox Boom & Bose Soundtouch)

Jul 11
2017
Version 1.062

Volume normalization (ReplayGain) when playing to Chromecast devices. Enable this via Settings > Chromecast.

Jun 18
2017
Version 1.061

* Fixed issues with Chromecast gapless playback that started with the latest release of the Chromecast firmware
* Fixed some minor issues with the widget
* Prevent UI freezing up when a track first starts playing
* Fixed issue where changing from one wireless network to another would break UPnP device discovery
* Prevent rare crash when adding songs to a playlist

Jun 17
2017
Version 1.060

* The app now has a widget
* Option to hide the Gapless indicator (you'll find this in Settings > Now Playing)
* UPnP Renderer Fixes
- more reliable transitions between songs
- improved discovery of renderers
- prevent pause going back to the start of the track
- attempt to fix issue where some renderers would not pause/seek AAC files
- fixed issue that could result in the app hanging when selecting a playback device
* Other
- fixed issue where toolbar would sometimes display incorrect title

May 22
2017
Version 1.059

* UPnP/DLNA Renderer Bug fixes
- prevent buffering icon shown for a long period time after pause is pressed
- fixed issue with playing L16, L24 (LPCM) formats to some renderers
- prevent issue where some renderers would not allow Pause and Seek
- fix problem where 'Audio format not supported by your device' message would be shown even though the format was actually supported
- improved reliability of track transitions

May 21
2017
Version 1.058

* Navigation Changes
- Use the 'hamburger icon' or swipe from the left to access the new navigation drawer
* Show cover art on android wear notifications
* Fixed issue where the stop function (ie long pressing pause) would select an incorrect track in Chromecast gapless mode

Apr 28
2017
Version 1.056

- Allow browsing of folders in the local media library
- Fixed issue where Prev/Next buttons were not shown on lock screens with security enabled
- Added setting to disable volume adjustment for UPnP renderers
- Removed shuffle option for individual tracks
- Tweaked labels in various overflow menus
- Prevent 'Cast device cannot play song' error being displayed when switching albums/genres etc
- Stability improvements

Apr 22
2017
Version 1.055

Bug fixes and stability improvements including:
* Fix crash when accepting permission request. Oops!
* Fixed 'Remote Media Unloaded' issue that was introduced in the previous release
* Fixed bug where playback could not be resumed after audio focus had been lost
* Fixed 'Transition not available' error that could occur with some DLNA renderers
* Fixed issue where UPnP/DLNA renderers would not be listed on the Playback Devices screen

Apr 18
2017
Version 1.053

- Fixed issue that prevented gapless playback of some FLAC files
- Support for playback to UPnP/DLNA renderers
- Fixed several bugs that caused the app to crash
- Long-press on play/pause button will stop playback and reset playback position to the start of the song

Mar 23
2017
Version 1.051

- Reduce size of icons in list headers
- Show correct date icon for single date containers (well it works for Minimserver)
- Single tracks can be added as next track to play
- Restore playback queue when app restarts

Mar 09
2017
Version 1.050

- Added settings to control the display of composer information - and fixed problems with display of composers introduced in the previous release.
- Show notification if playing to a Cast device and the format of the file is not supported (requires the 'Check audio format compatibility setting' to be enabled).
- User-Agent header now identifies the client as HiFiCast and includes the android device model identifier.

Mar 04
2017
Version 1.048

- Last.fm scrobbling
- Redesign of headers in media browser

Feb 24
2017
Version 1.046

- Due to popular demand, the 'Playing Now' screen has been renamed to 'Now Playing'
- When your media server is set to 'This Device' you will now be able to see your playlists
- Fixed issue where the Now Playing screen would not update immediately when transitioning to the next track in gapless mode
- Better handling of invalid data sent by some Media Servers
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

Feb 16
2017
Version 1.045

This version contains bug fixes and performance improvements.

Feb 10
2017
Version 1.044

New Features in this version:
* Option to show track number (Settings > Media Browser)
* Add warning if VPN/FIrewall may be affecting playback
Bug Fixes in this version:
* Fixed album sort (this option is only visible with a limited number of UPnP/DLNA servers anyway).
* Fixed bug where album tracks could not be listed if one or more of the tracks was missing a track number tag
* Improved reliability of re-connection to media servers after the Android device has been idle for a period of time

Feb 02
2017
Version 1.043

This release contains a number of enhancements and bug fixes including:
- Added 'Keep Screen On' option to keep the screen on when the device is plugged in and the Playing Now screen in the app has focus
- Added 'Client Sort' option for use with DLNA servers that cannot sort the tracks in an album by track number
- Fixed bug where playback failed if the filename contained characters such as + or &
- Fixed incorrect toolbar text
- Fixed crash that could happen in the Media Server screen

Jan 25
2017
Version 1.042

This release contains a number of bug fixes including:
- scroll handle no longer disappears when navigating back after selecting an item from a long list
- after selecting an item in a long list and navigating back, the previous position in the list is remembered
- the app now appears in Google Home as Hi-Fi Cast rather than 'Default Media Receiver'
- Fixed playback to Google Home speaker
- Improved icons
- Improved media server re-connection
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Jan 24
2017
Version 1.041

This release contains a number of bug fixes including:
- scroll handle no longer disappears when navigating back after selecting an item from a long list
- after selecting an item in a long list and navigating back, the previous position in the list is remembered
- the app now appears in Google Home as Hi-Fi Cast rather than 'Default Media Receiver'
- Hi-Fi Cast is now listed in the 'MY MUSIC & AUDIO APPS' section of the Google Home app
- Improved icons
- Improved media server reconnection

Jan 12
2017
Version 1.039

* Added 'Song Details' screen - accessible from 'Playing Now'
* Added support for Minimserver digital booklets feature (available in Minimserver update 92) - this will replace previous functionality which relied on undocumented Minimserver behaviour.
* Fixed issue where High Resolution album art would sometimes not be visible
* Upgrade screen now tells you if you've already upgraded
* Hardware volume buttons now work more consistently

Jan 06
2017
Version 1.038

Version 1.038
* Added 'Song Details' screen - accessible from 'Playing Now'
* Added support for Minimserver digital booklets feature (available in Minimserver update 92) - this will replace previous functionality which relied on undocumented Minimserver behaviour.
* Fixed issue where High Resolution album art would sometimes not be visible

Dec 23
2016
Version 1.036

= Version 1.036 =
* Fixed issue where album art would not be displayed when using some non-DLNA compliant UPnP media servers
* Show higher quality album art when the UPnP server makes it available
* Improve Chromecast reconnection reliability
* Fix glitch that could occur when more than one Hi-Fi cast app is connected to the same Chromecast device
* Added 'Send feedback' option to menus
* Show more menu options on the 'Playing Now' and 'Queue' screens

Dec 16
2016
Version 1.035

* Version 1.035
- Fixed problem where some AAC files (especially those purchased via iTunes) would not play gapless or not play at all. Sorry about that.
* Version 1.034
- More efficient gapless playback for WAV files
* Version 1.033
- Gapless playback of AAC files to Chromecast devices
- Improvements to MP3 gapless
- Prevent occasional crash when reloading UPnP media library

Dec 14
2016
Version 1.034

* Version 1.034
- More efficient gapless playback for WAV files
* Version 1.033
- Gapless playback of AAC files to Chromecast devices
- Improvements to MP3 gapless
- Prevent occasional crash when reloading UPnP media library
* Version 1.032
- Added Share option to main menu
- Fixed bug that results in a spurious error message with some Media Servers (eg Logitech Media Server)
...

Dec 12
2016
Version 1.033

* Version 1.033
- Gapless playback of AAC files to Chromecast devices
- Improvements to MP3 gapless
- Prevent occasional crash when reloading UPnP media library
* Version 1.032
- Added Share option to main menu
- Fixed bug that results in a spurious error message with some Media Servers (eg Logitech Media Server)
...

Dec 06
2016
Version 1.032

* Version 1.032
- Added Share option to main menu
- Fixed bug that results in a spurious error message 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
* Version 1.031
- Added the ability to do gapless playback of MP3 files via Chromecast (in addition to WAV and FLAC)

Nov 30
2016
Version 1.031

* Version 1.031
- Added the ability to do gapless playback of MP3 files via Chromecast
* Version 1.030
- Gapless playback is now available for 24bit WAV and FLAC files (up to 96kHz)
* Version 1.029
- Added option to allow Chromecast gapless playback only when in non-shuffled mode
- Queue management improvements

Nov 21
2016
Version 1.030

* Version 1.030
- Gapless playback is now available for 24bit WAV and FLAC files (up to 96kHz)
* Version 1.029
- Added option to allow Chromecast gapless playback only when in non-shuffled mode
- Tracks can now be deleted from the playback queue by swiping to the right
- Tracks can now be moved within the playback queue by grabbing the drag handles
- Fixed bug where scroll handle would sometimes disappear
- Scroll handle is now bigger so it's easier to grab

Nov 13
2016
Version 1.029

* Version 1.029
- Added option to allow Chromecast gapless playback only when in non-shuffled mode
- Tracks can now be deleted from the playback queue by swiping to the right
- Tracks can now be moved within the playback queue by grabbing the drag handles
- Fixed bug where scroll handle would sometimes disappear
- Scroll handle is now bigger so it's easier to grab

Nov 07
2016
Version 1.028

* Version 1.028
- Added option to sort albums by artist (when browsing music on the local android device or when connected to a UPnP/DLNA media server supports sorting albums by artist).
* Version 1.027
- Playback will now continue on the Chromecast if the Android device is disconnected from the Network
- Allow offline devices to be deleted from the 'Select Playback Device' screen and 'Select Media Server' screen
- Added Reshuffle option (it's in the menu on the 'Queue' screen)

Oct 12
2016
Version 1.027

* Version 1.027
- Playback will now continue on the Chromecast if the Android device is disconnected from the Network
- Allow offline devices to be deleted from the 'Select Playback Device' screen and 'Select Media Server' screen
- Added Reshuffle option (in the menu on the 'Queue' screen)
- Respond to hardware 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

Sep 27
2016
Version 1.024

* Version 1.024
- 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
- Fixed bug where 'playing now' screen was not updated in gapless mode
* Version 1.023
- Gapless playback when playing 16bit/44.1kHz WAV and FLAC files to Chromecast devices. This feature is experimental. To enable the feature, go to Settings > Playback.
- Gapless playback when playing to your Android device.

Aug 24
2016
Version 1.023

* Version 1.023
Gapless playback when playing 16bit/44.1kHz WAV and FLAC files to Chromecast devices. This feature is experimental. To enable the feature, go to Settings > Playback.
Gapless playback when playing to your Android device.

Aug 17
2016
Version 1.022

* Version 1.022
Gapless playback when playing 44.1kHz WAV files to Chromecast devices. This feature is experimental and will work best on higher spec devices (especially tablets). To enable the feature, go to Settings > Playback.

Aug 02
2016
Version 1.021

* Version 1.021
Local playlists can now be created
Fixed bug where hitting refresh could hang app .... oops!
Fixed sort order of tracks within albums which was incorrect for some UPnP servers
The 'Check Chromecast Compatibility' setting now defaults to Off

Jul 03
2016
Version 1.018

* Version 1.017
Display albums as a grid (can be changed to list in settings)
Display image on background of 'Playing Now' screen
Fast scroller UI improvements
* Version 1.017
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
* Version 1.016
Added super-fast scrolling for long lists
Icons now look nicer
Better behaviour if a connected Chromecast device becomes unresponsive

Jun 23
2016
Version 1.017

Jun 09
2016
Version 1.016

May 24
2016
Version 1.014

May 05
2016
Version 1.013

Apr 20
2016
Version 1.011

Apr 19
2016
Version 1.010

Apr 13
2016
Version 1.009

Apr 13
2016
Version 1.008

Mar 29
2016
Version 1.005

Mar 22
2016
Version 1.004

Mar 17
2016
Version 1.002

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