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"Play To" function on MP3 player Software

by Grizler59 / July 6, 2013 2:32 AM PDT

I will try and describe in detail what I am trying to accomplish with my home network.

On my (LAN):
- Router
- PC with Windows 7 (Wired)
- (AVR) Pioneer VSX-1122K Audio Video Receiver (DLNA Compatible, Wired)

I would like to use my PC to "Play To" my AVR, Playlists & single songs that I currently have stored on my PC. Please understand, I can current play music using my AVR to access my music files on my PC. I can also use Window Media Player to "Play To" my AVR, however the "Play To" player within Windows Media Player is very limited on functions, does not even have a "Shuffle" option, but it does have the "Play To" function.

I have looked till one eye has gone blind for another MP3 player with this "Play To" function and have not been able to find one. Does anyone know of one that has this function?

Also I am aware of DLNA media servers, but do they have the ability to do what I am trying to do? And they most all appear to be a nightmare to setup.

I know this is becoming a popular configuration with alot of the AVR's out on the market today.

Please, if anyone can help me out here, that would be greatly appreciated.

- Steve

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Wait, so you have it working?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 2:59 AM PDT

"Play To" is what it is on WMP (windows media player) and DLNA serves up content but I'm left to guess you want to use your playlists and more.

In this case you probably just want to connect up your PC to your HT system in some way such as AirPlay with iTunes and some AppleTV or Apple gear connected to your HT system.

Setup is hard, but from my view, not nightmarish. The only time it gets hard is when your client is upset with iTunes, apple or microsoft and wants to create something new.

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I tryed to make it clear, but maybe it is still confusing.
by Grizler59 / July 6, 2013 3:55 AM PDT


I want to control the music that I play on my AVR or as you call it, my HT system using my PC media Software.

WMP does allow this but is a very simple very limited player for doing this.

Airplay is wireless and is for use with Apple products. I own no Apple products, I also have the AVR and PC both wired to the router (LAN).

So, bottom line, is there another application for the PC, MP3 player or Media player application that allows me to control the music being played on my AVR using my PC and Mouse?

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No and yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 3:59 AM PDT

No. As you discovered, no. Maybe you need to ask why this is.

Yes, I noted how to solve it with a direct audio link or adding some AirPlay device.

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What I have discovered
by Grizler59 / July 6, 2013 4:37 AM PDT
In reply to: No and yes.

The only thing that I have discovered is finding an alternate application that will "Play To" and external device.
WMP will do this.

So, yes, WMP is capable and the system does work to do this. But WMP only has a very limited player that opens up that connects to my AVR. Looking for a player with at least a Shuffle option.

I do not own a Apple Product, nor do I plan on buying an Apple Product anytime soon.

Quote "Maybe you need to ask why this is."
Really the only thing I need to ask first off, Is there Another software application that has the capability of "Play To" and external device other then WMP. I cannot believe that there is not one out there.
Again, this is all possible, just need another player with more then just a Play and Stop button.

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If there was, you would have found it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 12:17 PM PDT
In reply to: What I have discovered

I'm sure you will remain puzzled as long as we ignore patents.

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