PS Audio’s free UPnP streaming music program, eLyric, was recently revamped to make it easier to sort through albums and edit music. The program can be downloaded from the eLyric website http://www.elyric.com and is free. The latest version will be available for download on Monday, June 6th.
Actually eLyric is part of a series built to support high-resolution streaming audio over the home network. There is eLyric Controller (our Apple iPad/iPhone app) and eLyric Server.
eLyric server is a music management and network server program. As a music manager it is fashioned after the venerable iTunes media manager, giving full editing capabilities to all aspects of the music tags and metadata (tags and metadata tell computers and controllers all the info about artists, tracks, times etc.). Cover art is downloaded or accessed from your original files.
As a server, eLyric makes all your music available over a home network (read Aaron Gutin’s article on home networking for questions). You can then play that music on any UPnP compatible player such as PS Audio’s PerfectWave DAC and Bridge, Linn, Boulder, Naim and Logitech’s Squeezebox network audio products. The server also functions as the library for all the information used to select a track or playlist on a network controller, such as those loaded onto an Apple or Droid mobile device.
The primary improvement to the new eLyric interface is how the albums are presented. In the original version, all tracks were listed in the selection window so you would see every track within an album, with the cover art for those tracks repeated for every track. This made for difficulties selecting a single album and managing its content.
In the new version, you see only a single cover art entry for each album. To display the contents of the album, simply click on the album itself and the list unfolds below the album. This makes editing and sorting far easier. If you wish to edit or review the information included with the album, simply right click on the album itself to bring up the editing dialog box. If you want to edit a single track in the album, right click the track and edit.
Other improvements are the addition of a list editor, improved speed and stability.
eLyric is available for free to the high-end community. If you do not have a network attached audio system, there’s probably no need to download eLyric to your computer. As a stand alone music manager it’s quite nice, but of little to no value to you if you can’t use the media streamed over the network.
eLyric will get a choice of views shortly. This will allow you to choose a classic cover art only view or a cover art enhanced list view (which is what we have now).
eLyric will gain the ability to create, edit and add playlists and online radio stations.
eLyric will have a player added to it so our friends using USB audio streaming can use it as a superior music manager and control point.
You can download eLyric by going here: www.elyric.com