Tag Archives: Spotify Connect

Control desktop app from your phone or tablet

Control Desktop app from phone or tablet
Control Desktop app from phone or tablet

In the newest version of the Spotify Desktop app you can control your desktop app from your phone or tablet (Android or IOS) using Spotify Connect. You can even change the volume, so that’s pretty cool! When you use the Beta version of the Desktop app you can also control any Android device from the desktop app, so it’s now both directions. A downside is that volume control doesn’t work when controlling an Android device from the Beta Desktop app. Let’s hope that feature will be added soon 🙂

It seems to be that Spotify is on it’s way to make Spotify Connect available from and to any device, including volume control, which is great I think!

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Volume control with Spotify Connect?

Until today I didn’t know this, but it seems to be possible to control the volume on Spotify Connect from one device to the other, say this thread on the Spotify Forum. It works only on Android, not on iPhone. But, there are a lot of devices where this still doesn’t work, like on all the devices I have. I found out it works only from my Moto G phone to my laptop (with Spotify Beta with Spotify Connect support. Strange… Has anybody else a good experience with volume control on Spotify Connect? Or does anybody know why it’s working on one device, and doesn’t on the other?

Update (13-11-2014):
I’ve got a reply from the Spotify Support team; volume control with Spotify Connect from mobile to mobile doesn’t work at the moment. They don’t know if this feature will be implemented.

I started an “idea” in the Spotify forum to ask for volume control from Android to Android using Spotify Connect. If you want to support the idea, give it some kudos!

Tip: new cool device called Gramafon

GramafonHere’s a tip I got from Zero (thanks!). There’s a new device called Gramafon, and it does exactly what my solution does, but it works out of the box, for 59 euro’s. It’s a small device which you can connect to your internet, and to your AV receiver or wireless speakers. After that you can connect to the device from any other device with Spotify Connect. It has a build-in DAC, I don’t know if it’s a good one, but I think it probably is.

So this is a very nice solution if you want something which works out of the box, no setup or installing of applications. If you want something more do-it-yourself or you want a device which you use for more things than Spotify only, than a Android Mini PC, optional with external USB DAC, is your best solution.

Another app to keep things running

I’ve tried several apps now to keep the Android Spotify Connect server running smooth. I’ve already written about Autostart and Stay!, a must for this system. Now I found another app which seems to extend the “uptime” alot. It’s called All-in-One Toolbox. It has a lot of functionality in it, but a great thing about it, is that it can do some tasks automatically via plugins. I have set it to clear the cache and remove junk files automatically at a specific time interval. I also have set a feature which disables the wifi at a time interval (at night).

Since I use this app, the MK808II seems to running smoother, and has a much longer uptime. Spotify Connect is now almost always available. So maybe it’s useful for you too.

Latest Spotify Android app changelog

A bit funny, but in the latest Spotify Android app the changelog talks about the possibility to use 2 devices to use Spotify Connect with your speakers. Somehow they call it a new feature, but it worked like this for some time now. Here’s the changelog:

New: Want to use Spotify Connect on any speakers? Plug a phone or tablet into both a charger and your speakers. Log in to the same Spotify account on another device, and use it as a remote.

Update: 100% availability with Autostart and StaY!

I’m using the app Autostart and StaY! now for about a week, and wanted to share my experiences with it. I’m happy to say that I experience 100% availability now with the Spotify Connect server. This means that whenever I want to play a song via Spotify Connect, the MK808II (android mini-pc) is available and reacts immediately. I didn’t have to restart the mini-pc anytime this week.

First, when I was using a normal autostart app to let Spotify start at boot, I had to restart the mini-pc once a day or more, because it was not available anymore at Spotify Connect. The Autostart and StaY! app though keeps Spotify running and active (on the foreground) so it’s always available for Spotify Connect.

Now even my wife thinks this is a great system, because it always works, now that’s the ultimate test!

User experiences with this system

MK808II + USB DAC = Dedicated Spotify Server
MK808II + USB DAC = Dedicated Spotify Server

I’m using the dedicated Spotify server for some weeks now, time for some evaluation.

Overall this system works great; I’m using an Android tablet (a rooted Kindle Fire HD with Android 4.4) with Spotify on it, from which I start the songs etc. Spotify Connect is overall pretty fast; when I start a song on the tablet, it immediately starts at the Android Mini PC, so I can hear the music directly from my stereo set.

There are some issue’s I noticed:

– when Spotify is playing, and my tablet is in sleep-mode, when I power on the tablet and unlock the screen, Spotify Connect sometimes changes to another song. I think it’s a Spotify Connect issue. It looks like the tablet is not updated with what song is playing, and then give a wrong signal to the Android mini pc. It often plays the last song I saw on the tablet when the screen wasn’t locked yet.

– sometimes Spotify Connect can’t find the Android Mini PC (MK808II). Don’t know what the problem is. It often happens when I didn’t play music for a while. When I look at the mini pc via the screen, it just shows Spotify, and it reacts too when I control it directly. When I restart the Android Mini PC, the problem is solved. I thought about a solution to let the mini pc restart every day, but Android has to be rooted to do that.

– The strangest thing I notice sometimes, is that a song sometimes just restarts playing halfway the song, or suddenly another song starts. Really strange thing, I think it’s a Spotify Connect problem, but don’t know for sure.

– last thing is not an issue, but a tip. Check your music-quality settings in the “slave device” (with me this is the MK808II). Default is the “normal quality”, but you probably want “extreme quality” for streaming. Also, let your Play Store update your apps automatically on the “slave device”, so that Spotify is updated automatically.

These are the issue’s I noticed while using this system for some weeks. The system has great benefits (wifi streaming from the “slave device”, very high quality audio by using a USB DAC at low costs, the comfort of controlling Spotify from your tablet or phone while using the original Spotify App, while hearing the audio from your stereo set. I hope Spotify will fix these Spotify Connect issue’s, so this system will be the greatest audio system ever made 😉