Author Topic: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support  (Read 3590 times)

Dynobot

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XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« on: 2 Sep '08 - 03:09 »
Is there or will there be a plugin that allows XMplayer to be controlled by Bluetooth?

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Rah'Dick

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Re: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« Reply #1 on: 2 Sep '08 - 04:30 »
If you mean whether it'd be possible to control XMPlay via a suitable Bluetooth device, then this just depends on the type of the device, I guess. If you have a BT keyboard, it's already possible. ;) For everything else, like BT-capable mobile phones, you'll need some software A) on the phone to send keypresses and B) on the target computer that will identify those keypresses and process them somehow, e.g. forward them to another app.

In short, there's no easy way to do things with Bluetooth and IF things might work out in the future, XMPlay will most certainly NOT be the application that provides the BT device compatibility, because it's just an audio player and there are countless BT devices on the market, all with their own interface... There will be other applications to do that job.

galocza

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Re: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« Reply #2 on: 2 Aug '20 - 17:48 »
hi,
id like to revisit the avrcp (bluetooth remote control thingie) question again, if you dont mind.
the last time the issue arose here was in 2007 and 2008. things changed a lot since then.
yes, bt headphones are still mostly marketed to be used with mobile devices and - though in percentage still in minority - pc users embrace more and more this technology and growing in pure numbers. there are multiple reasons for this: the bt audio codecs are getting better and better, the freedom to move around in the flat - but for me at least most importantly the active noise canceling (anc).
ive used cordless headphones for 10-15 years (first rf, then KLEER rf) but until i got my anc bt headphones i suffered heavily from noisy neighbour syndrome. and im not alone. for years ive been participating heavily in the cordless headphones topic in my countrys largest forum and many people (though still a minority) wanted bt headphones for the exact same reason.
microsoft also recognized the market demand and in their newer operating systems there is a better and better support for bluetooth - altough still not complete. avrcp is supported even in windows 7 (which i use).
all in all i think theres a large and growing number of users who would use avrcp if they could. i mostly listen to audio books with xmplay as i love the feature that it remembers the position of the audio track. still, its annoying when taking the trash out returning from the door to the pc to pause the audio (just one example why avrcp is useful).
so id like to ask the developers to reconsider adding avrcp support. bt devices are growing in number. windows supports them. 1by1, wynil, foobar, vlc, mpc-be, even vivaldi browser all support it. as far i know its a clearly defined standard, implementation should be possible.
thanks for your time,
g

Rah'Dick

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Re: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« Reply #3 on: 25 Aug '20 - 10:10 »
Now THAT is what I call thread necromancy. ;D I didn't even realize I wrote the last reply back then.

Nowadays, I'm using more and more Bluetooth devices with my PC, most of which have some kind of control ability. A lot has changed since my reply from 2008 - Bluetooth controls are now standardised and BT overall seems to be working much better than back then. Maybe this could be a starting point?

As always: heartfelt thanks to Ian for making and still maintaining XMPlay after such a long time. It's been more than 20 years now?

Rah'Dick

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Re: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« Reply #4 on: 5 Sep '20 - 00:38 »
I found a solution in my case: Windows 10 will translate Bluetooth media controls into generic media keypresses, so if you bind Play/Pause, Forward and Backward GLOBALLY in XMPlay, it will just work. At least it does in my case.

galocza

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Re: XMPlayer Bluetooth Support
« Reply #5 on: 10 Sep '20 - 19:27 »
thanks, that was a great advice! i didnt think it would work - barebones win7 here - but it did.
i never use keyboard shortcuts anyway - the player is always in the background and i use the taskbar icon for control.
thanks again,
g