The now playing panel

The now playing panel on the right hand side of the SonicWeb window shows the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist. The now playing panel is shown only when there is an active radio station, station list or playlist.

The now playing panel

The upper part shows the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist and the currently playing track. Below that are the transport controls, the lower part shows the track list of the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist.

The currently playing item

 

At the very top the name of the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist is shown. You can click on the name to show it in the details panel.

Below, the currently playing track is displayed. The information area shows album art if available, the track name, artist name and the name of the radio station where this track is currently playing or was recorded. You can click anywhere into the information area and drag the track to the track list of the item that is currently shown in the details panel.

When you hover over the information area the track action button becomes visible on the right hand side. Clicking it will show the track action menu where you can pin the track, remove it from the track list, add it to existing or new playlists and more. See the track action menu section of this manual for a detailed description of the possible track action operations.

The stream status indicator and recording mode

If a radio station or a station list is playing the stream status indicator is shown to the right of the name. The displayed icon shows if SonicWeb is currently streaming. If SonicWeb is not streaming, the stream status indicator will show the reason. You can click on the indicator to get a detailed description of the current status.

These streaming states are indicated:

From left to right they are "Buffering", "Streaming", "Streaming paused", "Recording disabled", "No WiFi connection" and "Low storage".

  • Buffering. SonicWeb is currently starting to stream an internet radio or station list. For radio stations that don't transmit artist and title information this can take a few seconds.
  • Streaming. SonicWeb is currently streaming, depending on the current listening mode new tracks are recorded and appended to the track list of the currently playing radio station.
  • Streaming paused. SonicWeb does not stream at the moment. If live listening mode is used the radio station has been paused. When listening with a recording mode this icon is displayed if the maximum playlist size has been reached and enough unplayed tracks are already available. Unplayed tracks are the tracks after the currently playing track. Tracks before the currently playing track are considered as already listened to by SonicWeb. SonicWeb will automatically resume streaming when more tracks are needed. You can change the maximum playlist size in the settings dialog.
  • Recording disabled. SonicWeb does not stream because the "Recording mode" setting has been changed to "Off". To resume streaming change the recording mode back to "Auto" or "Always On" in the settings dialog.
  • Low storage. SonicWeb does not stream because the storage space on the hard drive where you store tracks is low. By default SonicWeb stores tracks on the system drive. You can try to lower the "Free Storage To Keep" setting to a less conservative value in the settings dialog. Alternatively you can change the place where SonicWeb is storing tracks using the "Move media folder" button in the settings dialog. Of course you can also free some storage space to continue streaming.

The dialog that is shown when you click the stream status indicator allows you to change the recording mode used by SonicWeb.

The recording mode defines how SonicWeb turns recording on and off. If the recording mode is set to "Auto" recording will be turned on automatically when more tracks are needed and turned off automatically when the track list contains enough tracks for offline playback.

If recording mode is set to "Always On" SonicWeb continues recording until only new tracks are in the track list.

Set the recording mode to off to disable all recording. This also disables live radio station playback. This is useful if you need all internet bandwidth for something different but you still want to listen to already downloaded songs. Don't forget to turn recording back on or SonicWeb will not be able to play any radio station or stream any new songs.

The default recording mode is Auto.

Controlling audio playback

Use the transport controls to control audio playback. Depending on the current listening mode a different set of controls is displayed.

When live listening

Pause and resume playback using the button on the left. If you pause playback in live listening mode streaming will stop and SonicWeb will disconnect from the radio station. When you resume playback SonicWeb will reconnect to the radio station and start streaming live again.

Press the stop button to stop the currently playing radio station completely.

Click the loudspeaker icon to mute and unmute audio playback.

To the right of the loudspeaker is the volume control where you can increase or lower the playback volume.

Right of the volume control is the routing button that brings up the routing dialog which allows you to control the audio output devices. It is only visible if audio devices other than the builtin device are available.

To the far right the track action button is shown. Clicking it will show the track action menu. In live listening mode the only available track action is to buy the currently playing track on iTunes or Amazon.

When recording

Along the top is the seek bar. The gray vertical line indicates the playback position in the currently playing track. Click and drag anywhere in the gray area to change the current position. You can change the playback position only if the currently playing track has been completely streamed. Also, the length of the track and the current position with the gray vertical line is only shown for completely streamed tracks.

Below the seek bar are from left to right buttons to add the track to a playlist, skip to the previous track, pause and resume playback, skip to the next track and stop the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist completely. When you pause playback, streaming and recording continues uninterrupted. There will be no gaps in the recorded tracks.

Finally on the far right the track action button is shown. Clicking it will show the track action menu where you can pin the currently playing track, remove it from the track list, add it to existing or new playlists and more. See the track action menu section of this manual for a detailed description of the possible track action operations.

Below the transport buttons is the volume control where you can increase or lower the playback volume. Click on the loudspeaker sign to mute audio playback. Press it again to unmute.

To the right of the volume control the routing button is shown that brings up the routing dialog which allows you to control the audio output devices. The routing button is only visible if audio devices other than the builtin device are available.

Controlling audio output devices

Routing audio to Airplay devices from within SonicWeb is supported on Mac OS X 10.8 and newer.

The routing dialog allows you to change which devices are used to play back audio. You don't need to change the system wide audio output settings but can control audio output for SonicWeb only, directly within SonicWeb.

The dialog lists the available audio output devices, including USB, Firewire, Bluetooth and Airplay devices.

The routing dialog

Click on an entry to activate audio playback for the device. It is possible to enable only one Computer, USB, Bluetooth or Airplay device at any time. Activating multiple audio output devices at the same time is not supported.

The volume slider on the right allows to you to change the volume of the audio device. Some devices are very quiet after they have been activated. Use the volume slider to increase their volume.

The currently playing track list

The currently playing track list shows the streaming and already recorded tracks of the currently playing radio station, station list or playlist.

To the right of the tracks caption the search icon is shown. Click it to show controls that allow you to search the track list and change the sort order. See the section "Searching and sorting" below for details.

To the right of the search button is the sync track list button. Clicking it will scroll the track list to the currently playing track.

 

The currently playing track is highlighted in green with a loudspeaker at the right hand side. Tracks that have been heard already are above the currently playing track, unheard, upcoming tracks are after the currently playing track.

Double click on a track to listen to it. Double clicking the currently playing track will restart playback of the track.

A track entry shows album art, track name, artist name and the internet radio station where it is or was recorded. To the left of the station name track status icons are shown that indicate different streaming and listening states of the track. See below for a description of the possible track status icons. To the right of the station name the length of the track in seconds is shown. The length is only shown for tracks that have been completely streamed.

Drag and drop a track within the track list to rearrange the playback order. You can also drag and drop a track to the details panel, to add it to the track list of a radio station, station list or playlist that is shown there.

Like the currently playing item at the top each track has an track action button that is shown to the right when you hover the mouse pointer over it. Clicking the track action button will show the track action menu where you can pin the track, remove it from the track list, add it to existing or new playlists and more. See the track action menu section of this manual for a detailed description of the possible track action operations.

Track status icons

Track status icons indicate if they are streaming or already completely downloaded, if they will be removed, have been already listened to and more. The following track status icons can be shown to the left of the internet radio station name:

 

The icons from left to right are "Streaming", "Marked for deletion", "Not played back yet", "Partially played back", "Pinned" and "Manually trimmed"

Streaming. The track is currently streaming from the internet radio station. It is not completely downloaded yet. For internet radio stations this is always the last entry in the track list. For station lists the last few tracks of the track list show this symbol.

Marked for deletion. A currently streaming track may be deleted after it has been downloaded completely. By default short songs and partial songs are automatically removed from the track list. Short tracks by default are tracks shorter than 90 seconds. A partial song is the first song when you activate a radio station and the track that was currently streaming when you stopped a radio station. You can change which tracks automatically get removed in the settings dialog.

Not played back yet. These are tracks that you have not listened to yet.

Partially played back. These are tracks that you have listened to, but only for a few seconds.

Pinned. Tracks that you have pinned show this icon. Pinned track will never be automatically removed from the track list.

Manually trimmed. Tracks that have been manually trimmed show this icon.

Searching and sorting

Click the search button to the right of the tracks caption to show the search and sort controls.

With the search controls visible type into the textbox to filter the track list. Clear the textbox and press enter again to show all tracks again. Click on "Pinned" to show only tracks that have been pinned. Click "All" to show all tracks again. Click on "Playlist", "By Title" or "Artist" to sort the track list accordingly.

 

Click Cancel to stop searching and show all tracks in the regular order again.

Go to the previous section: "Playlists". Go to the next section: "Track action menu".