2013-12-11 03:48:33 UTC
entirely new iOS App: iPeng 7.
It comes with an overhauled user interface adapted to iOS 7, it is a
universal App (the same App runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), and it
has become even more powerful and user friendly compared to earlier
iPeng 7 is not an update of the existing iPeng and iPeng for iPad
versions, its a new App, and yes, as an existing customer, you will
have to buy it again, however, existing Playback In-App-Purchases will
stay valid as long as you transfer them using iCloud or use the same
device for the old and the new App.
WHY A NEW APP?
iPeng has been around for almost five years now, and during that time it
saw numerous updates, redesigns and new features, and except for
Playback all of those came for free. But adding features and creating
updates is a lot of work and actually costs a lot of money. Since the
Squeezebox system was discontinued by Logitech and since iPeng is
already so present in the Squeezebox user base, we were not able to
justify new developments for existing Apps for iOS 7 from new sales.
After all, users who do not wish to buy the new App do not have to: the
old iPeng Apps still work flawlessly, even under iOS 7.
I don't want to give up on supporting the Squeezeboxes, so a new App was
There is one more good reason for this: I don't want to entirely give up
on supporting old devices.
Even though you can now download previous versions of Apps from the App
Store only the latest version can get updates.
I have stayed committed to support old devices in the past, and actually
iPeng is among a very small minority of Apps still providing updates
that run on iOS 4 devices (iPhone 3G 2nd generation iPod touch) while
most Apps on the App Store require iOS 6 for quite a while now.
This clearly interferes with modernizing an App. We have felt this
problem even with the previous iPeng versions, but for iOS 7 it has
become really imminent: it is very, very hard to create an App that both
integrates well with iOS 7 and still supports older OS versions.
Supporting iOS 4 and 5 would have been completely out of the question.
So for us, bringing out this App as an update would have meant that we
could not provide our Apps for all devices that only support iOS 5 (e.g.
3rd generation iPod touch and iPad 1) and probably also those with iOS 6
(i.e. iPhone 3GS) anymore. We could not only no longer provide updates
and bug fixes for these devices.
So the decision was to make a clean cut. iPeng 7 is a new App, it uses a
modernized platform and code base to fully support iOS 7, and to ease
the pain a little bit, it will be a universal App for both iPhone /iPod
and iPad. Existing Playback purchases can be migrated. And if you dont
like iOS 7, you can still use the old version.
BUT I JUST BOUGHT THE OLD IPENG!
Please contact me under coolio (att) penguinlovesmusic (dott) com and
send your App Store receipt.
SO WHATS NEW IN IPENG 7
Besides providing an entirely iOS 7-like look and feel, iPeng 7 also
brings a number of new features users have been asking for for a long
time after all, one of the merits of not having to keep legacy support
is that you can improve things more easily.
There are a lot of details that got improved, and I will write more
articles on them in the future, but here are the highlights:
REDESIGNED IPAD USER INTERFACE
iPeng for iPads user interface has started to look dated for quite a
while, and we have taken the opportunity to completely redesign it.
Player- and Playlist-related controls have been separated out to
different bars at the top and bottom of the screen, there are no
hidden controls anymore (yet there still are convenience gestures,
actually a lot of them!),, and the whole screen layout got tidied up.
In landscape mode you can now pin down the current playlist to
permanently show it next to the library content, and the content window
can be scaled to show even more of these gorgeous views iPeng uses to
present your music library and other content.
FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE MAIN MENU
A lot of users have asked to be able to change their main menu structure
to have other menu items on the home menu or hide things they dont
need. iPeng 7 now allows you to do that through a simple drag-and-drop
NEW MULTIPLAYER CONTROL
The MultiPlayer Control used to select players and music sources and to
manage synchronization has been redesigned to structure it better and to
make changes more easy and transparent.
CAN I HAVE IT IN BLACK?
This has been one of our most frequently asked questions, and in the
past it had been impossible on iPhone and too hard on iPad, but with
iOS 7 we are finally there: yes, there is a switch to select a black
/dark user interface.
GET IT NOW!
For the first week, iPeng 7 is selling at an introductory price. So, if
you like what youve seen and read, go to the App Store, get iPeng 7 now
and have fun!
If you want to learn more first, here's the full announcement:
Here's the "leak" thread with lots of details:
learn more about iPeng, the iPhone and iPad remote for the Squeezebox
*New: Logitech UE Smart Radio* as well as iPeng Party, the free
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