The Squeezebox Server functions as the central component in most Max2Play systems. Thanks mostly to the versatility of the software, but also because of its own plugins. In this Howto, we will explain, step by step, to correctly set up one of the most important Squeezebox Server plugins: „Spotty“ by MHerger. Consequently, you can access the whole Spotify library from your Server, create your own playlists and stream the music to all your Max2Play devices or use the Spotify App and connect to the Squeezebox Server using the Spotify Connect function.
Attention: The Spotify-Plugin requires a Spotify premium account!
Step 1: Install the Squeezebox Server
The Squeezebox Server, the centerpiece of Max2Play’s multiroom audio applications, comes as an installer on all new images. You can simply choose between the available versions: 7.9 Nightly or LogitechMediaServer _V7.9.0 , and Max2Play will install the software after just one click. Make sure that the line under „Alternative Other Source“ is filled with a link corresponding to your desired version of the Server.
Important: We recommend version LogitechMediaServer _V7.9.0 for the newest plugins and file formats.
Step 2: Select the Right Plugin
After completing the Squeezebox Server’s first configuration, you have to choose the right Spotify plugin. Head to the Settings of the Squeezebox Server web interface which you can find in its lower right corner.
There, you need to go to the plugin overview on the settings page of the Squeezebox Server interface. Here you need to install the 3rd-party plugin „Spotty“ from Michael Herger. It is important to make sure that only the third-party plugin from MHerger is active and no further 3rd-party or official Spotify plugin.
Step 3: Sign in to Your Account
After a quick reboot of the Squeezebox Server, you can now find the Option „Spotty“ in the settings page „Advanced“ in the top left corner. Here, you need to follow the instructions to authenticate via app.
Step 4: Play Your Music with Spotify and Squeezebox Server
After a successful sign-in, you will find the menu item „Spotify“ in the main menu of the Squeezebox Server’s interface. Here, you will find all the typical features of Spotify in one menu; from the Top 100 of their artists, albums and tracks to their search feature of the whole Spotify catalogue. Of course, you can also use all Spotify playlists you have created or liked for playback and even find new radio stations.
Use Spotify Connect function
If you prefer to use the official Spotify App, you can set the checkmark for Spotify Connect in the Squeezebox Server settings under „Spotty Spotify for Squeezebox“ in the „player“ tab. This allows your Spotify App to connect to the Spotify Player at any time via „Available Devices“.