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bnilsson

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Dear all,

I would like to install bubbleupnpserver on ArchLinux.
I usually use Debian/Ubuntu, so I am somewhat=completely ignorant on ArchLinux installation procedures.
And of course I have problems, or I would not be here.:)

I have tried "paceman -Syu bubbleupnpserver" but it does not find this package.

Should this have worked, or should it be done differently?

BN

PS:
Now I have educated myself regarding the AUR and how it works.
I have downloaded the source, built the package with makepkg, and successfully installed bubbleupnpserver.
Case closed.
 
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ernie142

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Hi @bubbleguuum , first of all thanks for this excellent app, I have been a licensed user for many years.

I have a suggestion to improve seeking in long podcasts, not sure if this has been suggested here before, I didn't have time to read all posts.

I would like to be able to easily seek within a long title/podcast. If the podcast is 2 hours long for example, it's not easy to seek to somewhere in the middle with good precision.

How about if the user long-pressed on the position/seek bar, then a small magnified section of that bar would pop up to enable to seek with better precision?

I'm aware of the seek to position functionality and also of the long-press next to seek ahead 30s. That's good, but for me that magnified seekbar would be more comfortable.
 

bubbleguuum

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@ernie142

I understand your request but this is difficult to implement without an entirely custom seekbar control (that you can find in some other apps with advanced seeking features, especially video player apps).
 
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ekce

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I'm a longtime user of bubbleupnp and recently got an android head unit in my car (Teyes CC3). Bubbleupnp works and looks excellent on it! I've attached a few pictures so you can see it in action.

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There are two features I'm curious about, possibly they are already implemented and I haven't realized it.

1) Is there a way to make it so that bubbleupnp automatically starts playback as soon as you open the app? It's no big deal it would just save me a button press each time I turn on my car.
2) Right now I'm testing with a usb drive but my plan is to load all my music from a big SSD attached to the device (to save on mobile data). However, it didn't occur to me until I was testing that when you do things this way there is no index and you can't browse the files by artist/album/etc.. it is just one big folder. Is there some way to make it build an index for external storage or to make it so that I can browse external storage the same way I can browse ordinary local music files?

Thank you for your time, this is an awesome app!!
 
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Leroy_Sparks

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I'm experiencing an issue I'm hoping for some help with:

I'm attempting to cast tunein radio to a harmon kardon reciever via bubble. In tunein I select share which opens bubble and the stream begins to play on the reciever, but 30 seconds later the stream stops. I can press the play button in bubble ans it begins playing again only to stop again 30 seconds later..

Any ideas?
 

ekce

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1) Is there a way to make it so that bubbleupnp automatically starts playback as soon as you open the app? It's no big deal it would just save me a button press each time I turn on my car.
Update: I resolved this using a couple other third party apps for my head unit called `widgetupdater` and `musicproxy`. Now when I start my car it automatically opens up upnp and starts playback of the last file that was playing. In case anyone else ends up trying this I just had to manually write a MusicProxy.cfg with bubbleunpnp's info. Musicproxy has an `Autoplay` featuer that automatically launches and starts playback when I start the car, the only drawback is that it doesn't resume playback where it left off (I have the setting enabled in bubbleunp but I think this is since is because of the way musicproxy works) but that's no big deal. I'm happy to say that first question is resolved.

I'm still wondering about my second question though.
 

Leroy_Sparks

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I'm experiencing an issue I'm hoping for some help with:

I'm attempting to cast tunein radio to a harmon kardon reciever via bubble. In tunein I select share which opens bubble and the stream begins to play on the reciever, but 30 seconds later the stream stops. I can press the play button in bubble ans it begins playing again only to stop again 30 seconds later..

Any ideas?

Changed "Audio Format" to WAV in Renderers Setting for my receiver. Now stream plays correctly
 

Leroy_Sparks

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Hello
Sorry but did not find hide/unhide fonction, only infos and parameters fonctions along with the 3 vertical dots of the selected renderer or library
At the bottom of the Now Playing screen you will see More, Now Playing, Playlist, and Library. Select the More button.

Then you will see X, a gear icon, a rainbow, etc. at the bottom. Press the gear icon. Now, about 3/4 down you'll see the hide/unhide renderers and libraries.
 

fabien_m2002

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Hello
i have an issue with Qobuz streaming. Sometimes the sound is cut/paused less than 1s.
My internet bandwith is 1Gb.
I don't know if the problem is related to Qobuz ou Bubble app!?

Thanks
 

bubbleguuum

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Hello
i have an issue with Qobuz streaming. Sometimes the sound is cut/paused less than 1s.
My internet bandwith is 1Gb.
I don't know if the problem is related to Qobuz ou Bubble app!?

Thanks

@fabien_m2002

To which renderer are you playing to ?
Try enabling More > gear icon > Renderer settings > (pick your renderer) > Use Qobuz proxy.
With this option enabled, make sure your Android device is not too far from your WiFi router.
 
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2) Right now I'm testing with a usb drive but my plan is to load all my music from a big SSD attached to the device (to save on mobile data). However, it didn't occur to me until I was testing that when you do things this way there is no index and you can't browse the files by artist/album/etc.. it is just one big folder. Is there some way to make it build an index for external storage or to make it so that I can browse external storage the same way I can browse ordinary local music files?

@ekce

Nice pictures! thank you for the kind feedback.

The categorization available in the Music subfolders (in Library tab) is done by the Android media scanner, a system component.
It does not index removable storage, so the only remaining option is to browse by filesystem folders.
Some music apps have their own media scanner that can be configured to browse any storage, but not BubbleUPnP, hence this restriction.
 

fabien_m2002

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@fabien_m2002

To which renderer are you playing to ?
Try enabling More > gear icon > Renderer settings > (pick your renderer) > Use Qobuz proxy.
With this option enabled, make sure your Android device is not too far from your WiFi router.
I use Devialet Phantom renderer (upnp).
I know proxy can solve it but i fear latency?

edit: i set proxy on but still dropouts :(
If i install bubble server on windows, it can fix it?
 
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nickeli55

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I have a samsung tu8000 series TV, where DTS audio is not supported. I am running serviio media server on a NAS and on a laptop on the local network. Bubbleupnp server is running on the laptop.

My problem has been getting files to stream correctly to that tv when the files have dts audio (located on the NAS). Without transcoding enabled on serviio they play the video, but audio errors out, not supported. I have changed my rendering profile in serviio (on NAS) for the tv to convert the audio to ac3 (transcoding now enabled); however that only works when i use the tv's built in player. When i use bubbleupnp to cast it it come us with an error, resource not found, code 716. Since the tv's player can play it fine i dont think anything is wrong within serviio, but rather somewhere in bubbleupnp.

Any help would be appreciated. I have a lot of files with DTS or DTS-HD.

Log file attached of trying to play 1 of each with this error occurring.
 

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    Are there any news on this?

    @dark0shark

    Still no plan for a DSM 7 package.
    Shame on Synology for making DSM 6 packages incompatible, putting the burden on developers (and requiring the purchase of a new NAS specifically for running DSM 7, if you also want to keep a DSM 6 one for testing).
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    Is there any news on this?

    @psychofaktory

    This is unusual and difficult to troubleshoot without access to the container.
    As a first step, can you send me ([email protected]) the BubbleUPnP Server log file and the config file ?
    To retrieve them (assuming container named bubbleupnpserver):

    docker cp bubbleupnpserver:/opt/bubbleupnpserver/configuration.xml .
    docker cp bubbleupnpserver:/opt/bubbleupnpserver/BubbleUPnPServer.log.0 .
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    BubbleUPnP v3.6p1 beta available for testing. Please test, especially SMB and WebDAV:

    Download APK

    Changelog:


    - added WebDAV support, allowing to access to media files managed NextCloud, OwnCloud, standalone Web Server with WebDAV support
    - added SMB v2 and v3 support, allowing to access to media files from SMB shares managed by Windows and Samba servers
    - improved embedded album art extraction from Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, for folders inferred to hold a music album
    - improved extraction of video thumbnails and high res cover images for videos managed by the 'Local and Cloud' library
    - reorganized 'Local and Cloud' settings page
    - fixed failure to share to BubbleUPnP from third party apps (web browsers in particular) media files stored in the Download folder
    - fixed passing subtitles to VLC not working on Android 11+ when playing a video for local playback
    - fixed a few obscure crashes
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    Does one need to buy the license version on EACH device one owns?

    @tinpanalley

    Not if you use on them the same Google account that you used for the purchase:

    You can install the purchased 'BubbleUPnP License' app on all your Android devices having Google Play
    installed and using the same Google account that you used to purchase it.

    To install the 'BubbleUPnP License' app, in BubbleUPnP go into 'More > Buy/Restore License'
    and tap the 'Buy/Restore License on Google Play' button. This will bring you to the Play Store page for the 'BubbleUPnP License' app
    and you can tap the 'Install' button.
    If instead you see a 'Buy' button, you can try to install it from the web Play Store (logged with the proper Google account):


    If the green button is labelled 'Installed', click on it to reveal additional devices to install it to.
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    SMB shares support (SMB v2 and v3) coming soon in the next update:



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    BubbleUPnP on Google Play [current version: 3.6, released on Jan 24rd 2022]
    BubbleUPnP on Amazon appstore [current version: 3.5.9, released on Dec 28th 2021]
    BubbleUPnP latest APKs, Google Play version (notably for side-loading on Android TV)
    BubbleUPnP latest APK, Amazon appstore version (notably for side-loading on Fire TV)
    BubbleUPnP 'Audio Cast' Xposed Module (current version: 1.1, released on April 28th 2021)
    BubbleUPnP Server home page (download and documentation) [current version: 0.9-update42, released on Dec 12th 2021]

    BubbleUPnP home page

    Stream all your music, videos and photos to various devices in your house:

    • Chromecast
    • DLNA TVs
    • gaming consoles: Xbox, Playstation (from XMB)
    • UPnP/DLNA renderers: XBMC, WDTV Live, other Android devices, ...
    • various HiFi gear from Sonos, Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo and many more
    • local Android playback

    BubbleUPnP can access your media from a lot of sources, including:

    • UPnP/DLNA media servers: most NASes, XBMC, Plex, Twonky, Serviio, Windows Media Player and many more
    • local media stored on your Android device
    • cloud media: Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Music, Google+
    • SMB Shares
    • WebDAV (ownCloud, NextCloud, webserver...)
    • media from other apps such as web browsers and file managers, using Share/Send
    • captured audio from most other apps. Requires Xposed (root)
    • Shoutcast radio (with XiiaLive)

    BubbleUPnP is a versatile app packed with many features for you to discover, some of which are:

    • extensive Chromecast support: play incompatible Chromecast media with transcoding (*), subtitles, audio/video track selection (*)
    • fast and secure Internet access to your home media while on the go, from mobile and WiFi networks (*)
    • playback queue, editable playlists, scrobbling, sleep timer, various shuffle modes
    • integrated full screen image viewer and controller
    • media download to your SD Card
    • ...and much more!

    (*) Some features are provided by BubbleUPnP Server, an optional software that can be installed on any machine on your local network to provide additional services. To learn more about BubbleUPnP Server, visit https://bubblesoftapps.com.

    Some features are restricted and can be unlocked by purchasing the BubbleUPnP License app.


    If something is not working, you can record a log file and mail it to me at [email protected]:

    - launch the app
    - go into More > Gear icon > Control
    - Enable "logging to file" (at the end of the page).
    - IMPORTANT: Exit the app (More > "X" bottom left icon)
    - restart the app
    - run the app and trigger the problem to troubleshoot
    - exit the app
    - email me the files found on internal storage:

    On Android 10 and below:

    /Android/data/com.bubblesoft.android.bubbleupnp/log.txt
    /Android/data/com.bubblesoft.android.bubbleupnp/prev_log.txt

    On Android 11 and higher:

    /Documents/com.bubblesoft.android.bubbleupnp_log.txt
    /Documents/prev_com.bubblesoft.android.bubbleupnp_log.txt (if present)

    You can access them with a file manager app and share them to your email app for sending them.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure to not restart BubbleUPnP until you have sent or saved the log file as it is overwritten on app startup.
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    BubbleUPnP 1.6.8 and BubbleUPnP Server 0.6.5 are available

    Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions, bug reports, logs etc.

    BubbleUPnP 1.6.8

    Video transcoding enhancements with BubbleUPnP Server (requires upgrading to BubbleUPnP Server 0.6.5)

    • transcoded video preserve embedded subtitles (mostly found in MKV). MX Player must be configured to use the H/W+ or S/W decoder to allow to select subtitles
    • when playing a transcoded video, ability to choose interactively audio/video streams to be included in the transcoded video (when there is more than 1 audio/video stream)
    • added ability to download transcoded videos (as MKV), preserving all audio/video tracks and subtitles of the original video
      Transcode quality can be set in "Settings > Network And Settings > Video transcoding", in the "File downloads" transcoding section.
      Requires licensed BubbleUPnP.

    New features

    • added Google Music auto playlists: "Thumbs up" and "Last added" (needs a Sync to appear)
    • added exit button to rich JB notification. Exit the app the same way than Menu > Exit
    • added option Settings > Library > Play displays Now Playing. If enabled, play actions in Library immediately switch to the Now Playing screen
    • added option Settings > Now Playing > Keep screen on. If enabled, the screen is kept on when device is plugged to power and on the Now Playing screen. Enabled by default
    • added "Music > Artists > All Albums" local media server folder, listing all albums sorted by album artist
    • added "Show metadata" action in context menu of album folders in Library (useful to see long titles)
    • added instructions for playing tunein radios from the Android web browser, in Settings > About/Help > Tips > Interacting with other apps
    • added ability to edit an item's metadata (title, album, artist) with context menu > Edit metadata in the Playlist tab and in a saved playlist folder (in Library).
      Useful to rename items having missing or incomplete metadata that have been sent to BubbleUPnP from third party apps (ex: tunein). This feature must only be used for items that will be added to a saved playlist. It *does not* modify metadata on the server
    • show album composer in album lists in Library, if composer is present and Settings > Display > Item size is set to Medium or greater
    • downloading a video also downloads the external subtitle file if present
    • local folder search also searches album name and artist instead of just title

    Bug fixes

    • fixed subtitle URLs sent by recent versions of Twonky (7.x) not recognized
    • fixed download of non-media items (such as subtitles) giving an error
    • fixed Stop (long-click on Play/Pause button) sometimes triggering playback of next track
    • fixed "Settings > Display > Multiline items" not working properly in Library album folders
    • fixed lock screen controls not showing when playing videos to external renderer
    • fixed current LAN renderer lost when network connection switches from WiFi to mobile data or no network
    • fixed error when playing podcast sent from Share action of Doggcatcher
    • fixed broken playlist track advance on some Roku renderers
    • fixed images displayed from Wild Media Server being low resolution (workaround WMS bug)
    • fixed Search action not available on phones, in Library folders containing items only, such as playlists. Now available under menu > Search, allowing local search of these folders
    • fixed possible crash when playing a video to a remote BubbleUPnP instance
    • fixed obscure crashes, some of them involving old versions of Android


    BubbleUPnP Server 0.6.5

    • added support for transcoding videos to MKV instead of MPEG-TS in a number of cases. MKV is automatically used when embedded subtitles must be preserved, and
      for transcoded video downloads (both require Android BubbleUPnP 1.6.8+). ffmpeg must have been compiled with MKV support
    • fixed proxy media servers not discovered by Windows Media Player
    • added option -useNumericIpInStreamURL to force the server to return numeric ip stream URLs instead of a hostname.
      This may be required for some specific renderers to accept to stream from a media server via tethering. This setting is forced if the browsing
      client is a Samsung TV, which requires it
    • fixed small CPU spike every 30s on slow NASes
    • fixed stream URLs becoming invalid if browsing large number of items (more than 3000)
    • fixed Sony SA-NS310 renderer recognized as a media server instead of a renderer
    • fixed proxies not carrying the X_MS_MediaReceiverRegistrar service
    • libshine is used for mp3 transcoding if compiled in ffmpeg (useful on slow NASes as it uses way less CPU than libmp3lame)
    • added missing Standby action support for OpenHome renderers (simply stops playback)
    • fixed transcoded images rarely failing to load due to low read timeout
    • Windows installer: updated ffmpeg to 1.2, added ffprobe, updated Java installer to 7u21
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    Finally, it's there!

    BubbleUPnP 1.8.0 is available on Google Play, bringing Chromecast support.
    BubbleUPnP Server 0.8 is available as well, providing transcoding support.

    All the details in this G+ post


    .
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    BubbleUPnP is available in the Google Play store:


    1.6.0

    • 4x1 and 4x2 widgets resizable horizontally on ICS+
    • rich notification on Jelly Bean with volume control
    • gapless playback (beta) support for the local renderer. Requires Android Jelly Bean. Must be explicitely enabled in Settings > Local Renderer. Changing this setting requires an app restart. The local renderer will play gaplessly if controlled by a gapless aware controller: BubbleUPnP 1.6.0+, JRMC, foobar2000 (foo_upnp 0.99.41).
    • support for controlling gapless renderers (all Android versions). tested renderers: local renderer (locally or remotely controlled), JRiver Media Center, foobar2000 (foo_upnp 0.99.41). Can be turned off in Settings > UPnP Tweaks > Enable gapless control
    • OpenHome local renderer (beta). Allow to control the local renderer remotely without requiring the Control Point to remain running for track advance (the playback queue is stored on the renderer side). Must be enabled in Settings > Local Renderer > OpenHome renderer. Appears on the network with the same name than the local renderer, with (OpenHome) appended
    • video subtitles support for local and external video renderers. For Android playback with subtitles, MX Player is required for either local or remote playback. For important information on this topic, refer to Settings > About/Help > Tips > Video and subtitles
    • support for third party equalizer / DSP apps applied to local renderer music playback (Now Playing > Menu > Equalizer)
    • slideshow to external renderer through the fullscreen image viewer, now able to control external renderers and providing a better UI for this purpose
    • added ability to exclude folders when the Local Media Server is browsed remotely (Settings > Local Media Server > Content > Exclude remote folders)
    • reorganized Settings screens
    • Now Playing screen uses cached covers on mobile connection
    • improved D-PAD navigation (GoogleTV)
    • improved accessibility
    • attempt at a workaround for error 501 on some Sony renderers
    • fixed app sometimes exiting after inactivity delay while local media server is busy streaming files
    • fixed Local Media Server and Renderer possibly disappearing after 30 mins in some external Control Points
    • fixed thumbnails sometimes not displaying (most likely happened on fast devices like the Nexus 7)
    • fixed searching local media server for videos not working
    • fixed local renderer and local media server not being disannounced on the LAN on Android shutdown or reboot
    • fixed layouting bugs
    • fixed rare ANRs and crashes
    • many other fixes and UI tweaks
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    I will be away for a few days (until Thursday) and in the meantime here's a beta of v1.7.0 to test.
    Please report any issues or regressions with this version as it has a lot of changes.

    Download beta APK

    1.7.0p2

    UI changes

    The Now Playing screen has been updated and some default settings changed:

    • new playback buttons and seek bar
    • new Stop button
    • on phones, in portrait, track title and artist are displayed in Action bar
    • Settings > Display > Background cover derives background from cover. Enabled by default on tablets.
    • swiping the cover up/down increase or decrease volume by the configured volume step
    • tap and long-press on cover actions can be configured in Settings > Now Playing. By default, tap shows metadata and long-press shows action menu
    • on phone devices, it is now possible to show the volume slider in landscape
    • cover aspect ratio is now preserved by default. Previous behavior can be set in Settings > Now Playing > Scale cover to fit
    • the volume slider is only shown by default on 10" tablets. It can be changed in Settings > Now Playing > Show volume slider

    Other notable UI tweaks

    • The current volume value and mute status is displayed in the JB rich notification and in widgets
    • tablets now use the transparent UI, same as phones
    • Settings > Display > Background cover also apply to album folder view in Library
    • Settings > Experimental UI has been removed
    • Library folder animation is disabled by default on 10" tablets
    • On Android 2.x, the app now looks more similar to Android 4.x

    New features

    • support browsing and streaming media from the SkyDrive cloud service
    • search results now include Google Music. Albums whose title or artist name contain the search string are returned. Searching track titles is *not* supported
    • added ability to prevent automatic playlist track advance if playback is stopped mid-track by another control point or from the renderer's own UI: Settings > UPnP Tweaks > Detect remote Stop (disabled by default).
      Enable with care as it might mess up regular track advance
    • added Devices > Menu > Disable discovery. Disabling discovery can be useful if many UPnP devices spam their presence on the network or to slightly reduce CPU/battery usage
    • added Settings > Control > Pause Pause stops playback. If enabled, all the Pause buttons (Now Playing, notification, widget) will perform a Stop. Useful for renderers that do not support pausing at all

    Fixes

    • fixed failure to stream from the local media server under some network scenarios (in particular: Bluetooth or USB tethering with WiFi enabled, Android devices whose first LAN network interface is not the WiFi interface)
    • fixed impossibility to enter text in the UPnP Search text field in the presence of a hardware keyboard
    • fixed bookmarking cloud folders not working
    • fixed changing volume with hardware buttons not working in the Devices tab
    • fixed Google Music sync failing on some devices with 512Mb RAM
    • fixed rare Dropbox authorization issue
    • fixed some devices not discovered due to buggy description (Grace Digital tuner)
    • fixed "Smart Sort" if enabled messing order of some folders of the local media server (Music > Artists > [All Albums])
    • fixed list scrolling rendering bug on the Nexus 10 (and possibly the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1)
    • fixed app starting in paused state in conjunction with some car Bluetooth subsystems
    • fixed "scale to fit (keep aspect ratio)" not working with all covers
    • fixed Boulder hardware renderers not correctly managed as native OpenHome renderers
    • fixed PS3 not showing covers in Google Drive and Dropbox folders
    • fixed PS3 browsing the local media server sometimes displaying a DLNA error code instead of an error or information message for some folders
    • fixed donwloads possibly getting stuck forever on some invalid URLs (DLink NAS). Now workaround bad URLs
    • fixed possible "Force Close" when loading http items from external apps (m3u playlists in particular)
    • fixed failure to play WMA tracks from BubbleUPnP Server with transcoding enabled
    • fixed http requests redirecting to https not working
    • fixed a few crashes