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Dec
18
Stream Background Music to your XBox using Phone, Tablet
I've been MIA from gaming for over a month now. My time and attention have been absorbed by a combination of Netflix and a major upgrade to my home theater setup (another blog to come, no doubt). In the process of testing out my new audio playback options, I accidentally discovered something cool that anyone here can try out.

The Discovery
In my previous blog I mentioned my Astell&Kern AK380 digital audio player. Among its many features, the AK380 can be used as a digital front-end / music streamer for a HiFi system, and you can control it from your phone or tablet using Astell & Kern's streaming software called AK Connect (download: Android | iOS).

AK Connect lets you choose a source for your music library, which can be your phone/tablet, a NAS, Plex, Tidal or an Astell&Kern player connected to the network. Then you choose a destination as the "speaker," which is the device that plays back the music stream. When you're using an Astell&Kern player as a streamer for a HiFi setup, you'd select it. That's exactly what I was setting out to do with my AK380. So imagine my surprise when my XBox showed up in the list of available speakers....

Choosing the XBox as the speaker and attempting to stream to it caused the XBox to pull up a download page for Groove Music. Which is pretty strange, considering that app has apparently been removed from the Microsoft Store! Nevertheless, it let me download Groove and launch it, and AK Connect let me stream to it.

I confirmed that Groove music runs in the background. I launched Cuphead and my tunes were still playing. With my controller I could adjust the balance between game sound and streaming music.

To be clear, you do not need to own an Astell&Kern player to use AK Connect. The app is more of a general-purpose streaming software. It's not the very most user-friendly thing in the world, but it's functional. It even has a "first letter" search capability that made navigating the thousands of albums / artists / tracks on my NAS somewhat reasonable. And it's free.

TL;DR
1. Download "AK Connect" for your phone or tablet: Android | iOS
2. Make sure you XBox is turned on; Dashboard is fine
3. Launch AK Connect and choose any source for your library. Choose your XBox as the "speaker."
4. Attempt to stream a song; the XBox should take you to a download page for Groove Music
5. Download Groove and launch it. Attempt to stream again. Voila! Background music!
Posted by SpeleoFool on 18 December 18 at 17:59 | There are 3 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.

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