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Feature Request List - audio|acacia

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We have hundreds of ideas on how we want to make audio|acacia better. But ultimately it is the requests from our users that drive where we focus our development efforts. For this reason, we have created this official feature request list.

Here is how it works:

-UpVote the Features that you want to see implemented the most
-DownVote the Features that you believe will never be useful to you
-If a Feature you want to suggest doesn't exist, add it as an Answer
-The "Selected Answer" is the requested feature we are currently working on implementing

Once a feature from this list has been implemented, it will be removed and a new feature from the list will be chosen.

asked Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)

41 Answers

+14 votes
Best answer

An Official Linux Release

answered Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
selected Jan 15, 2016 by user1
Raspberry Pi support would be excellent!!!
agreed.  Specifically the backend server.
This feature is now complete. An official linux release, including a build for the Raspberry Pi, are available on the downloads page.
+33 votes

"Listening Session" Presets:
The ability to quickly create and play to a listening session with specific rooms/zones without having to manually add them each time.

answered Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
This would allow me to set a listening session preset for "First floor" consisting of 3 airplay receivers.
New user here. This is one of the first thoughts I had i created a new seasion. "I have do this everytime?"
We are currently working on developing this feature. We'll hopefully have something ready for beta testing shortly.
Ideally exposing presets as individual airplay receiver names. That would make accessing acacia interface obsolete in 95% of my usecases.
How long is the testing going to take on this, its been 10 months since this comment and it doesn't look like this has been implemented yet.
There was a change in development priority and release of this feature has been postponed. Hopefully we will be able to get back to it soon.
+31 votes

Native Spotify Integration

answered Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
This feature could be better than having AirPlay Source playback control. It would help to extend battery life on portable devices vs. Airplaying to Plethra.
If you want this feature, it is highly suggested that you contact Spotify directly and express your interest in a native audio|acacia integration. You'd be surprised what a single email can do. I'd specifically mention that you don't think AirPlay/"Spotify Connect" is a viable method; that you want a native browsing experience like what Sonos offers.
Isn't it possible to just implement the spotify API?
Should be easy enough!!
We would love to be able to just use the web api. However the api does not give us access to the audio data; which we need in order to send it to different devices and synchronize the playback.
I'm using soundflower on OS X on my media server, to play to a virtual audio device and then stream that to the other speakers via Acacia. Works quite well but still is a workaround
+27 votes

"Listening Session" Playqueue Support:
The ability to manually add items (songs, albums, etc.) to a playqueue to be played by the listening session. Options like "Play Now", "Play Next", "Add to Queue" and so forth.

answered Oct 31, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
This feature sounds awesome. It would be ideal if you could "Add to Queue" from different sources and Plethra could bounce between sources (i.e. play song from Spotify, then play song from local)... Another cool feature would be to allow Plethra's built in Airplay receiver to overtake a session when something starts playing to it. Say for example you have a playlist going during a party but a friend wants to play a specific song. They could load it up on their phone, then Airplay it to Plethra. Plethra could then pipe that song in over what was currently playing. Then when the song is over or when the user "let's go" of the airplay reciever, Plethra would resume playing from the playlist.
@user 950's reply. That would be a really great feature! If someone wanted to, say, show a video on their tablet, you could airplay the audio to the session.
+25 votes

"DLNA Server" Support:
The ability for back-end servers to find and play from DLNA compatible servers such as many commercial NAS servers.

answered Oct 14, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
edited Oct 20, 2013 by user1
+15 votes

Command Line Interface (CLI) and/or Application Programming Interface (API)

A documented CLI or API that would make it possible to integrate audio|acacia with home automation systems. The ability to queue a song, start a session, browse sources, etc. etc...

answered Nov 19, 2013 by user698 (67 points)
edited Nov 20, 2013 by user1
Also feed back like what song playing etc etc.. This should be released asap !
+14 votes

"AirPlay Source" Playback Control Support:
The ability to control playback of the AirPlay stream (i.e. Pause/Play and Next/Previous) directly from within the front-end controller rather than having to control playback via the 3rd-Party app.

answered Oct 14, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
edited Oct 19, 2013 by user1
+13 votes

Native Pandora Integration

answered Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
+12 votes

Native TuneIn Integration

answered Oct 23, 2013 by user597 (23 points)
edited Oct 23, 2013 by user1
+11 votes

Native Google Music Integration

answered Oct 10, 2013 by user1 (1,094 points)
Massive YES for me.
Especially for using All Access :-)
Now that "Line-in" sources are available, I plan to use a Chromecast and an HDMI audio extractor to achieve this.