Playback
Playback
1.8.17
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Playback free download for Mac

Playback for Mac1.8.17

16 January 2014

Stream media to PS3, Xbox 360, and more.

What is Playback for Mac

Playback allows you to share your media with any Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or other UPnP compatible device. It automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom 2 and 3, Photobooth, EyeTV, and more. You can share all content from these applications or choose specific playlists and albums.

Playback can also share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to your Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. By default, Playback will share almost any content on your system. No configuration required! If you prefer to tinker, you'll appreciate Playback's built-in access control list (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows you to control which devices have access to your media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from your computer to your UPnP device so others on your network can still surf the Web and check their email.

Of course, if speed is your thing, we've got that too. Playback was engineered for extreme speed. Your media is served via nginx. Nginx is known for its high performance, stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. Nginx powers several high-visibility sites, such as WordPress, Hulu, Github, Ohloh, SourceForge, and TorrentReactor.

Other features include Growl notifications, on-screen thumbnails powered by QuickLook, and much more!

Note to all PS3/Xbox users: Playback has built-in support for HD MKV files. No transcoding required!

What's new in Playback

Version 1.8.17:
  • New: Support for Adobe Lightroom 5.3.
  • New: Improved album art support.
  • Fixed: Interface glitches in version 1.8.16.
  • Fixed: Bug with multiple network interfaces.
  • Other: Various tweaks, improvements, and fixes.
  • Other: Demo period reset for all users.
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Sternenfeuer
Sternenfeuer
Jan 9 2015
1.8.17
5.0
Jan 9 2015
5.0
Version: 1.8.17
Please, can you give us a short update of the future development of this App? I have to say, that this App is without an alternative! No other available DLNA Server supports a user restriction - important with kids in the household .... Please don´t let Playback dying ....
Dlwhite
Dlwhite
Jan 5 2015
1.8.17
0.0
Jan 5 2015
0.0
Version: 1.8.17
Is this software still being developed? With no updates in a year, it seems unlikely. What's the best current alternative? And is anyone else peeved that the PS4 still won't let you play media files off an attached USB HD?
Heliozoa
Heliozoa
Sep 28 2014
1.8.17
0.0
Sep 28 2014
0.0
Version: 1.8.17
Can anyone provide a copy of the lastest Version 1.8.17 please? Download link would be fine. The hint to the Wayback Machine is brilliant, but unfortunately the lastest copy saved there is only from June 2013. Aside from this several searches until now only lead to torrents or downloads of hacked copies, which I rather distrust. I have a valid license but somehow missed to download the latest version. Thanks in advance for any help!
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
How can i get the software without paying again? version 1.8.12
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
version 1.8.12 I bought this software on 2013-05-07. My computer broke. How can i get the software without paying again?
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
version 1.8.12 I bought this software on 2013-05-07. My computer broke. How can i get the software without paying again?
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
version 1.8.12 I bought this software a month before. My computer broke. How can i get the software without paying again?
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
version 1.8.12 I bought this software a month before. My computer broke. How can i get the software without paying again?
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
I bought this software a month before. My computer broke. How i can get the full software without paying again? version 1.8.12
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
I bought this software a month before. My computer broke. Please, tell me how i can get the full software without paying again? version 1.8.12
epicuri
epicuri
Apr 30 2014
1.8.17
4.5
Apr 30 2014
4.5
Version: 1.8.17
my hardware crashed & all the softwares in my macbook got deleted. i bought this software a month before the hardware crashed. can u pls tell me how i can get the full software without paying again? version 1.8.12
Yazsoft
Yazsoft
Apr 26 2014
1.8.17
0.0
Apr 26 2014
0.0
Version: 1.8.17
Thank you for all the heart felt comments. While Yazsoft is no more, I am currently looking to turn the page and possibly carry on a new path. I am on the lookout for someone serious and capable to help build the next major versions of some apps I have in mind including existing ones. I still use almost all of them daily btw. While no longer supported, they still work. I would like to ensure they live on and grow but I need some help. Please only serious people contact me. Thank you all for your support. Johnny.
pettifogger0712
pettifogger0712
Mar 5 2014
1.8.17
0.0
Mar 5 2014
0.0
Version: 1.8.17
Does anyone have a copy of PB 1.8.17?
Yazsoft
Yazsoft
Feb 20 2014
1.8.17
0.0
Feb 20 2014
0.0
Version: 1.8.17
Previous versions of Playback that work on previous versions of Mac OS X are still on our download page (right column). http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/downloads/ Please check it out; I'm sure you'll find the appropriate version for your setup. Thank you.
Surfspirit
Surfspirit
Jan 27 2014
1.8.17
3.5
Jan 27 2014
3.5
Version: 1.8.17
Not Snow Leopard compatible any more, a small version number update and compatibility is lost.
ckprod
ckprod
Nov 26 2013
1.8.16
0.5
Nov 26 2013
0.5
Version: 1.8.16
can't get it to work wasted my time
Sichan
Sichan
Nov 19 2013
1.8.16
4.5
Nov 19 2013
4.5
Version: 1.8.16
There are several things that I like about using Playback to stream media to my PS3 compared to some of the competition. Most importantly, Playback seems to be incredibly fast at delivering media to the PS3 and allows the PS3 to scan through movie files very quickly. It can also play media files that are linked through aliases and it can even allow the PS3 to access folders through aliases too. This is something that is not possible if using MediaLink or PS3 Media Server or if you simply connect an external hard drive to the PS3. I also like the way that searching through my massive iTunes library by artist always goes to a list of the alphabet to select for the first letter of the artist name first, rather than just displaying a complete list of all artists in the library. This greatly speeds up selection of music through the PS3 menu bar. Other than these features, which suit me, I'd like to know from other users what are the main advantages of paying for this rather than using say, Plex, which is completely free?
star-affinity
star-affinity
Sep 24 2013
1.8.15
0.0
Sep 24 2013
0.0
Version: 1.8.15
”Note to all PS3/Xbox users: Playback has built-in support for HD MKV files. No transcoding required!” So it say, but yet when I try browse a folder on my PS3 where there is an MKV it can't see it. Works in PS3 Media Server. What gives?
Bob-Zito
Bob-Zito
Jul 29 2013
1.8.14
5.0
Jul 29 2013
5.0
Version: 1.8.14
I am a longtime user (3+ years) of Playback. It is the only app of it's kind worth buying, and trust me I have tried them all. I have a Mac Pro 2009 with about 4 TB of media stored and an Xbox 360 and PS3 and iPhone 4S that I watch media on. This is soo easy to use and I use it almost on a daily basis to watch movies and tv shows from my computer. The reason that I am writing this review now is that I had a small issue when upgrading to the most recent version (1.8.14). My Xbox stopped being able to see Playback, but my PS3 and iPhone servers were working fine. I had also just started port forwarding with my Mac Pro to be able to VNC connect from work and my iPhone on the road. I knew it had to be an issue with one of those. I searched the internet (and specifically this website) for a solution. I was pretty sure it wasn't the update, just a coincidence that I happened to upgrade the same day. While here, I saw a ton of dumb reviewers bashing this product for no good reason. Mostly user error caused by their network or stupidity in general. To make an extremely long story short, I was going to finally e-mail their customer service for help when I went through their forums on their website one last time and found a post for someone with a very similar problem and the help they posted lead me to my fix, I just didn't allow the port the Xbox was on to see my new IP address. Easy fix but was driving me crazy!!! I want to comment their developers and others that our on their forums for they always seem to respond quickly and resolve most problems. So again, long story short....best $15 I have ever spent on software.
benptooeyyahoocouk9351
benptooeyyahoocouk9351
Jul 28 2013
1.8.14
5.0
Jul 28 2013
5.0
Version: 1.8.14
Works great for my purposes. I keep my movie archive pretty neat using iFlicks to make sure everything is tagged and in PS3/Xbox/Apple-friendly MP4/AAC/AC3 formats and Playback does a fine job of feeding the two consoles.
Heathen
Heathen
Jun 2 2013
1.8.13
1.0
Jun 2 2013
1.0
Version: 1.8.13
Too bad...I had high hopes for this. I have both an Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 that are less than 9 months old (i.e. New revisions) and neither could find the server using this software. The server in question can be seen/controlled/used for control via Timbuktu and also it already dispenses media via Home Sharing, so there is nothing wrong with the setup of the machine or the network.
David-Losada-Soler
David-Losada-Soler
May 22 2013
1.8.13
4.5
May 22 2013
4.5
Version: 1.8.13
There are other options, several of them free. But none is so simple and efective.
Pjcads
Pjcads
Apr 14 2013
1.8.12
1.0
Apr 14 2013
1.0
Version: 1.8.12
I've needed to use this software several times since buying it and have found it to be underperforming. Movie streams constantly crash while watching. Initially, I thought it was my network and the hardware. Have recently upgraded all and the streams still crash. I just need software to do what it says. I don't want to be a network engineer to watch a $%&#ing movie! Guess I'll have to go dig my AppleTV out of storage as that, at least, works out of the box. Deleting this app as I write.
m4gaujan
m4gaujan
Jan 31 2013
1.8.12
4.5
Jan 31 2013
4.5
Version: 1.8.12
Ilovvvvve thisapp! I couldn't findanything that would actuallystream tv showsfrom my Mac to my ps3 (instead of converting, then transferring to usb, then inserting in ps3). I tried ps3 media server and couldn't get it to work whatsoever. Id
MonkeyMagic
MonkeyMagic
Jan 6 2013
1.8.12
1.0
Jan 6 2013
1.0
Version: 1.8.12
Trying simply to stream from iTunes on Mac to PS3. All software is up to date but the PS3 keeps saying there is no content in the albums I'm streaming. Might be because the iTunes library is too large for it to handle but I doubt it. Don't think I'll upgrade from trial version.
Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
Dec 24 2012
1.8.12
0.0
Dec 24 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.12
Further comment - on having decided that it works on my system, I thought I would buy the product. However I have been very put off by the fact that after a dialog pops up with the Kagi logo, the next thing that happens is a further dialog that says "Playback Server would like to access your contacts". There is no explanation whatsoever of why I should permit this, and for the life of me I can't work out why it should be necessary for software of this type to rummage around in my contacts. What do developers use for brains? IF it is really essential for me to permit a piece of software to have access to my personal information (and that of all my many contacts), then a very good case should be made by the developer. Without such justification I'm not going to let the app get any further and I am now very suspicious of what is going on under the surface whereas previously I had been quite impressed with the product. I'm not going to score the product on this because there may be an innocuous explanation, but I'm certainly not going to buy it until I know what's going on.
Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
Dec 24 2012
1.8.12
0.0
Dec 24 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.12
Why does Playback require Gatekeeper to be turned off in order to run? Is this something that will be fixed soon?
IMPACT360
IMPACT360
Aug 5 2012
1.8.12
5.0
Aug 5 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.12
Works flawlessly with a PS3 and Sony Blu-Ray player. A five stars product!
Blizz
Blizz
Aug 5 2012
1.8.12
0.0
Aug 5 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.12
Just bought the software to be able to play my MKV files on the PS/3. I can browse all folders but it simply says "No titles found" everywhere. Is there something I'm missing? It's pretty much the only reason I bought the software and if that doesn't work it's a complete waste of the money in my case :(
Kobalt
Kobalt
Jun 20 2012
1.8.12
5.0
Jun 20 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.12
A funny thing happened a few days ago. We were in the middle of watching a fine show (an episode of Wallander) when suddenly we lost the signal from the MBP to the tele. No amount of restarting any element of the connection made any diff - the NetGear boxie thingy I use to connect to the tele told me that there wa splenty of bandwidth coming through, but it would not see the server (being the MBP). I was relegated to once again copying files to a USB to play them that way. I have just installed the latest version of PlayBack and guess what? Everything works as before without me doing anything else. Weird or what? I'm thinking maybe the previous version had a use-by-date and that's now been fixed with the update. I could be wrong and would like to see Yazsoft confirm I'm making an incorrect assumption. Otherwise I'd be left to ask why a paid-for bit of soft carries a sudden death code.
M-Rick
M-Rick
Jun 19 2012
1.8.12
5.0
Jun 19 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.12
For the French users : Fonctionne parfaitement avec la Freebox. Pas du tout avec la Neuf Box de SFR qui n'utilise pas, évidemment …, un protocole UPnP standard.
aynthena
aynthena
Jun 9 2012
1.8.11
0.0
Jun 9 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.11
I heard that this was a great app for streaming to the xbox 360. However, it is not working at all for me. I am running Lion with a dlink DIR655 router, uPNP enabled. It simply does not show up as a source for my files on my xbox. I tried multicast streaming enabled and disabled, firewall in Lion enabled and disabled, ports look fine, etc etc etc. So, I have no idea why this app is not working, but its not. Any additional things to try in addition to the sparse documentation here and on the dev website would be appreciated.
Fightingcat
Fightingcat
May 18 2012
1.8.11
0.0
May 18 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.11
Since around 1 year now I have a Flat-TV and a BluRay Player and booth are supporting UpNP. This applications sounds very interesting, but it have a very big problem. It can't handle (or converting) the typical media-formats under Mac OS or iOS. I'm not able to play the most music of my iTunes lib, because they are converted in m4a formats (typical format if you bought a song in iTunes). My TV (Toshiba) and my DVD Player (Samsung) didn't understand this format.. Only MP3's are working. Same problem with videos. I have converted my movies for the iOS devices in the m4v format. No way to play this files on booth devices. I can't really understand why Playback is not be able to rendering the movies or music etc. to the right format life in the background like AirVideo (http://www.inmethod.com/air-video/) do it from Mac to the iOS device.
Fempopbypass
Fempopbypass
May 2 2012
1.8.11
5.0
May 2 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.11
Excellent app. If only it had the ability to stream BBC HD recordings from my EyeTV Sat folder. I have to use Air Video Server from my iPad 2 to achieve that with conversion on the fly. Other than that it works flawlessly with my iMac/PS3
Marco-2
Marco-2
May 2 2012
1.8.11
5.0
May 2 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.11
Awesome app Plain easy to use and it works without any issues. If you have a PS3 or X360 you HAVE to own this.
avintagephoto
avintagephoto
Mar 5 2012
1.8.10
5.0
Mar 5 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.10
Streams everything to my xbox perfectly!
macsaya
macsaya
Jan 29 2012
1.8.10
5.0
Jan 29 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.10
It just simply works and it's easy in use!! Great app!!
Bejmax
Bejmax
Jan 17 2012
1.8.10
0.0
Jan 17 2012
0.0
Version: 1.8.10
Purchased Playback a couple of days ago and was very happy with the ease of setup and use. I do have a problem with movie (m4v from DVD created with handbrake with universal preset) every 10 minutes or so I get dreaded ps3 error 80710723 (I think it is) timeout error. Setup is iMac (2011) Lion OS X 10.7.2, linksys E3200. iMac and ps3 are on wireless network. Ps3 and iMac on static IPs, ps3 in DMZ (read this might fix it but it didn't. Ps3 reports 8mbps for Internet speed test. I suspected that maybe the Mac was turning off HDD so I tried changing power saving settings. This still didn't work. Is it simply that streaming m4v over wireless is not doable? I can and will run a wire but if that won't work then I'd rather not waste the time doing it as it will be kind of a major undertaking. Thanks for any help!
ecdltf
ecdltf
Jan 7 2012
1.8.10
5.0
Jan 7 2012
5.0
Version: 1.8.10
Excellent application at a very fair price. Best feature: It reads my Aperture Library. (It reads also Lightroom, iPhoto, iTunes etc. libraries and any folder you specify.) Equally very nice: - You can adjust the bandwidth - Menu bar icon (only when streaming is active! very good) - Growl notifications - Quickview thumbnails generation I use it also to stream content from an external exFAT formatted disk, something that causes problems for my normal NFS sharing.
MarcoPolo584
MarcoPolo584
Dec 4 2011
1.8.9
5.0
Dec 4 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.9
Playback does exactly what I need it to do. I use it mainly to stream content to a multimedia enabled DAB radio and it works absolutely fine and was a doodle to set up. Following a recent hard drive crash though I lost my activation key (I couldn't find it on my backup), so I e-mailed Yazsoft and was back up and running in minutes as they e-mailed my activation key straight back to me. Fantastic service during the week, let alone on a Sunday afternoon!
folivares
folivares
Oct 29 2011
1.8.8
0.0
Oct 29 2011
0.0
Version: 1.8.8
Add subtitle support and I'm sold.
meme12
meme12
Oct 7 2011
1.8.5
4.5
Oct 7 2011
4.5
Version: 1.8.5
Just got this on sale. Its awesome. While i absolutely agree and believe in the approach of keeping the server as light on resources as possible, perhaps the only reason to offer transcoding in some fashion is due to the fact that idevices have a really bad time at 1080p streamed. PS3 handles 1080p just fine (network permitting) so would be a shame to duplicate/downconvert all my media.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Oct 7 2011
1.8.5
2.0
Oct 7 2011
2.0
Version: 1.8.5
Ok. Let me start off by saying I use MediaLink to stream content from my Mac to my PS3. It works good enough. Playback had a bunch of great reviews, it was on sale, so I decided to give it try. Without even watching a movie I'm already disappointed. Here's why: 1. The "repackaging" of MKV files is nowhere near a quick as they describe. If you have "real" high bit rate full HD mkv files (5GB or larger) this conversion is not quick. It took 25 minutes to convert my test 10GB mkv file. MediaLink can transcode on the fly. No waiting. 2. The supposed "repackaging only" conversion that was not supposed to reduce the quality of the movie completely downgraded the audio. The original mkv file had DTS audio. The mp4 "repackaged" by Playback only had 2 channel audio. Game over right there. There seem to be no prefs for how Playback handles mkv repackaging, so there's no way to avoid this significant downgrade in audio. So, test is already over and Playback goes into the trash. Shame as I really wanted to like it.
Matthias-Koster
Matthias-Koster
Oct 7 2011
1.8.5
5.0
Oct 7 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
Simply put, it works. And with UPnP that's all that really matters. BTW, while not listed on the official website, Playback works with an Onkyo 807 receiver. It also supports FLAC (and is stable), which is a nice feature.
hermans
hermans
Oct 6 2011
1.8.5
1.0
Oct 6 2011
1.0
Version: 1.8.5
It does't work. My configuration is iMac-Xbox360-Timecapsule.
oldman1
oldman1
Oct 6 2011
1.8.5
5.0
Oct 6 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
Excellent software !
Michael-Sebrecht
Michael-Sebrecht
Sep 27 2011
1.8.4
5.0
Sep 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.4
Works as advertised. No issues found.
Humera
Humera
Sep 27 2011
1.8.4
5.0
Sep 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.4
Excellent piece of software well worth the asking price! I've never had a single issue using Playback!
iPoopStore
iPoopStore
Sep 27 2011
1.8.4
5.0
Sep 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.4
Love it. I tried the alternatives and none are as good. The cool thing is this can be tested before you buy it. Kudos to Yazsoft.
GeogProf
GeogProf
Sep 14 2011
1.8.2
0.0
Sep 14 2011
0.0
Version: 1.8.2
I’m trying this just because there are so few apps here with a 4.5-star review despite having 73 of them.
timsj
timsj
Sep 3 2011
1.8.1
5.0
Sep 3 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Amazing UPnP streaming app. I've been using several different apps for streaming over the years, but they've been unreliable and unpolished to say the least. I usually don't like buying apps, but for $15, this one is a steal. Does what it says wonderfully.
tekkie52
tekkie52
Aug 31 2011
1.8.1
5.0
Aug 31 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Easy to use, solid customer support, does what it says and works well.
Yazsoft
Yazsoft
Aug 31 2011
1.8.1
0.0
Aug 31 2011
0.0
Version: 1.8.1
On behalf of myself and the rest of the team, we would simply like to extend a big thank you to everyone for your continued support. Your support and feedback is truly appreciated. - Johnny.
Acricketer1
Acricketer1
Aug 30 2011
1.8.1
5.0
Aug 30 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
I can see the potential here and looks very straightforward. I have tried lots of servers and think this will ultimately be the best. At the moment the only one that works for me is Llink. (EyeConnect does too but can't handle subtitle files) I'm using it to stream files from my iMac through a Popbox 3D which can't handle SMB sharing in Lion. PlayBack shows up on the Popbox and I can see all my files but the Popbox won't play any media. I don't see Apple fixing SMB sharing in Lion anytime soon so UPnP is the simplest want to go. Looking forward to the next release because PlayBack has great potential.
Kobalt
Kobalt
Aug 30 2011
1.8.1
5.0
Aug 30 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Reading through marcus27's uninformed comments, I decided, like Shmack, to add my rating of a full 5 stars to keep the overall rating for this software up. I have had nothing but many hours of great TV watching without having to burn DVDs all the time thanks to this app, but the main reason for my high rating is that I do not expect Playback to do anything it is not made to do (like transcode). What Playback is designed to do it does admirably and, in my case, always without a hitch. Bravo Yazsoft and Johnny!
Sgt-Bob-IE
Sgt-Bob-IE
Aug 30 2011
1.8.1
5.0
Aug 30 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Does the job. I can send my media files to my network Blu Ray player with no issues.
Shmack
Shmack
Aug 28 2011
1.8
5.0
Aug 28 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8
I am giving this a 5 star review to counter marcus27 troll's half star nonsense.
Pirx
Pirx
Aug 20 2011
1.8
4.5
Aug 20 2011
4.5
Version: 1.8
After a long while decided to give Playback another shot. Different from the earlier disappointment, now Playback works flawlessly. I would love to see it playing my TV series from iTunes, but I guess this may be an issue of Apple's IPR protection, not Playbacks lack of ability.
mlverrilli
mlverrilli
Aug 16 2011
1.8
5.0
Aug 16 2011
5.0
Version: 1.8
When I first bought this, it was very slow and seemed really buggy. But, I went out of town for a couple of months and was away from my XBox 360. Of course, there were updates during this time. When I returned home, I found that I ha a very competent way to stream my movies from my computer to my television without spending $100 for a second Apple TV. It's a no brainer to use as well. Just start it up and it runs in the background. Playback has become a wonderful piece of software and bravo to the developers for improving their product.
marcus27
marcus27
Aug 5 2011
1.8
4.0
Aug 5 2011
4.0
Version: 1.8
mkv files not supported through my Samsung TV. tvmobili, plays all my files without any problems and its free!!!
Ermiesun
Ermiesun
Jul 22 2011
1.7.8
4.5
Jul 22 2011
4.5
Version: 1.7.8
i'm updated to Lion (MacOSX 10.7) and had the problem that the SMB-file-sharing-solution for local network did not work any more. so i tested playback and the upnp-playback solution is even faster and simpler! thanks a lot for that peace of software!
Sirhumphalot
Sirhumphalot
Jul 8 2011
1.7.7
5.0
Jul 8 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
The best, easiest to use DLNA server for OS X, hands down. If you have a problem, email support and they'll try to fix it. Works well for me not just on the PS3 but also through my Samsung TV (WiseLink) and Oppo BDP-93.
ewatters
ewatters
Jun 21 2011
1.7.5
0.5
Jun 21 2011
0.5
Version: 1.7.5
Have used playback successfully for the last couple of months on two XBOX 360 consoles in my home. Went on a 12 day trip, returned home and neither XBOX will find my MAC computer. What gives? Frustrated, please help. Cannot give a higher rating because of the short time it worked. Never made any changes to my computer other than turning it off for my trip and turning it on when I returned home.
RRRob
RRRob
May 25 2011
1.7.4
3.0
May 25 2011
3.0
Version: 1.7.4
Good, easy-to-use software media streamer, but Playback only supports Matroska containers by offering to batch transcode them into MP4 containers and store the converted files for later streaming, doubling media storage requirements. Real-time remuxing or transcoding of Matroska containers would be preferred by far.
JDMv2
JDMv2
May 19 2011
1.7.4
5.0
May 19 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
I was going to write a lengthy review of Playback since ditching Medialink, but I think I'll just sum it up with... Best. Streaming. Software. Ever!
TSax
TSax
Apr 22 2011
1.7.4
0.0
Apr 22 2011
0.0
Version: 1.7.4
I just updated my version of playback, I had the 1.6. some other number I can't remember. I had already bought the license, but the update sent me right back to the trial version. I would rather not pay for another license, so is there a way to find the license again?
Julian-Lewis-Booth
Julian-Lewis-Booth
Apr 13 2011
1.7.4
5.0
Apr 13 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
I tested a couple of other applications on Windows first and from the reviews and a Macpromo offer bought this application. It was good enough to make me drop my old windows server, re-task a mac mini to serve files and use this to stream to all my DLNA devices. I had an LG NAS that offered the same service but not nearly as reliably so have stopped using it. There are regular updates and the odd bug fix, I leave the Mac running all the time, this app displays no nasty habits when left running for days at a time. It does exactly what it promises and doesn't demand massive resources on the server to do it. Well written, simple to setup and operate and worth $12 to stream all you digital content. It works perfectly with Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox (running XBMC) over wired and wireless links one of the best 'server' apps I have ever bought!
Eodtech
Eodtech
Mar 27 2011
1.7.4
5.0
Mar 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
I purchased a PS3 4 months ago, downloaded a Freeware utility to connect the PS3 to my iMac and it worked, well almost worked. I could never get the app to see my external drives that stored my movies, if they were on the iMac it was no problem. I never could get the app to find my playlist recordings. It showed the playlist but there were no tunes in them! After 4 months I decided I wanted to watch a movie and the s/w could not locate the PS3, everything had been the same setup since I put it in service. After an hour of messing around with the setup i still could not watch a movie. I then downloaded Playback, installed it and ALL my movies, songs, TV shows, playlists, artists, EVERYTHING on my iMac showed up on the PS3. I did not have to configure one item, Playback found everything on its own. A real gem, live and learn I guess is the lesson learned ! FREE is not always good !
Fempopbypass
Fempopbypass
Mar 27 2011
1.7.4
5.0
Mar 27 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
Great piece of software for my iMac and Mac Mini. Great for streaming content from the EyeTV Sat connected to my iMac to my PS3. Unfortunately the PS3 wont play any of the BBC HD recordings but it will play iTV HD recordings via this App. What's all that about? I have to go through EyeTV for DTT connected to my Mac Mini in order to stream the BBC HD recordings to my TV.
xXAkumuXx
xXAkumuXx
Mar 24 2011
1.7.3
5.0
Mar 24 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.3
Nothing else even touches this app as far as simplicity and just... well... it just works. It streams almost instantly and I've had no problems with movies or music streaming to my PS3. This is probably my favorite app. ^_^
YEEZUS
YEEZUS
Mar 9 2011
1.7.2
5.0
Mar 9 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.2
Switched to Playback. Best software for streaming to devices by far.
ric0ric
ric0ric
Feb 19 2011
1.7.2
5.0
Feb 19 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.2
Brilliant - Works amazingly letting me watch, listen or view movies, tunes and pictures from my Mac on my PS3.
Micka
Micka
Feb 15 2011
1.7.2
2.0
Feb 15 2011
2.0
Version: 1.7.2
It's an application very simply but which don't work with a Freebox (french FAI), unlike EyeConnect... With Playback and a Freebox it's possible to access in the folders on the mac but it's impossible to read anything
Applemad
Applemad
Feb 9 2011
1.7.1
5.0
Feb 9 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
I purchased Playback just a few days ago and it is absolutely 'Incredible!', I can't remember the last time a piece of software was so simple, configurable and perfect. I have two xbox 360's in the house, one in my 11 year old's bedroom which has a wired LAN connection and the other in the Lounge under the main TV which has a wireless connection and I am simply blown away by how good the streaming capability of Playback is, we can stream completely different movies from the iMac in the study simultaneously to both Xbox's and the films play flawlessly without skipping a beat. Needless to say I have now transferred nearly 200 DVD's to the imac and the whole family are enjoying video and music on demand as an when we want it. If you have an xbox and a mac then this software is the best in class as far as I'm concerned and a must have buy for any Mac user with an Xbox 360 or PS3...
The_Drew
The_Drew
Dec 5 2010
1.7.1
4.0
Dec 5 2010
4.0
Version: 1.7.1
I have to stop and restart the service every time I want to watch something on my PS3. Nothing has changed on my computer since installing the software, it worked great for
Dario-Tiezzi
Dario-Tiezzi
Nov 30 2010
1.7.1
5.0
Nov 30 2010
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Great piece of software! Try it with my brand new Denon RCD-N7, Playstation 3, Xbox360 and Blue-ray player (DNLA compliant) Sony BDP S-570. Playback works perfectly with all of them. Streaming multimedia files all over my home network before Playback was a nightmare...now I've reach the target with no more trouble.
The_Drew
The_Drew
Nov 29 2010
1.7.1
4.0
Nov 29 2010
4.0
Version: 1.7.1
Installed easily and was very easy to setup. It also worked first time which is always encouraging. In comparison to Medialink, i found this much slower in building the list of movies within a given folder, 1 of my movie files contains 395 films arranged alphabetically, Playback only displayed the films up to the letter "T", everything beyond that simply didnt appear as available. Also, i have a few network attached volumes, Medialink displays those automatically, with Playback I had to add them in manually. Having said all that, Medialink crashes after 10 minutes of use, which this has yet to do.Thumbs up from me.
Designer
Designer
Nov 28 2010
1.7.1
5.0
Nov 28 2010
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
I own Connect360 and MediaLink. Both have been gathering dust since I purchased Playback. It's a breeze to setup and just works! - flawlessly. Cosmetically, the menu bar icon could do with being a pixel or two smaller. Apart from that, it's faultless. Love it!
Rivgauch
Rivgauch
Nov 6 2010
1.7.1
5.0
Nov 6 2010
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
A pleasure to use.
Rivgauch
Rivgauch
Nov 6 2010
1.7.1
5.0
Nov 6 2010
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Try with LG PK950 plasma TV (DLNA compatible). Works perfectly.
Itty
Itty
Nov 5 2010
1.7.1
0.0
Nov 5 2010
0.0
Version: 1.7.1
This would be great if it could work with AppleTV. You'd sell a million copies. I'd buy an AppleTV if someone would write a jailbreak app to let it relay Hulu or VLC player movies off my MacBook hard drive.
Apettit
Apettit
Oct 1 2010
1.7
0.0
Oct 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.7
Basically, I find Playback a fairly solid piece of software and the price is right. However, after downloading last night I get a lot of DNLA protocol errors (2104) when trying to view video from my iMac. Also, the video playback is often quite choppy or stops and starts on many of my videos. Is there something I can do to improve performance? I find it hard to recommend Playback with my current problems. Hopefully Yazsoft or someone can help.
Esse-di
Esse-di
Sep 25 2010
1.7
0.0
Sep 25 2010
0.0
Version: 1.7
Only one word..... GREAT. The only thing you have to do is copying it into the app folder (it even works well before you install it,inside the dmg folder). Thanks.
Shmack
Shmack
Sep 21 2010
1.7
5.0
Sep 21 2010
5.0
Version: 1.7
Why would you switch from lighttpd to ngnix? Seems it scores lower benchmarks: http://superjared.com/entry/benching-lighttpd-vs-nginx-static-files/
Dannyu
Dannyu
Sep 7 2010
1.6.2
5.0
Sep 7 2010
5.0
Version: 1.6.2
Everything about Playback makes sense and it's so easy. Just download, install and connect to your PS3. Until Sony makes PS3 fully compatible and with Mac, Playback is the way to go. Great job Yazsoft! Best buck ever spent.
imdshizzle
imdshizzle
Aug 11 2010
1.6.2
0.0
Aug 11 2010
0.0
Version: 1.6.2
my hardware crashed & all the softwares in my macbook got deleted. i bought this software a month before the hardware crashed. can u pls tell me how i can get the full software without paying agai?
Irikal
Irikal
Jul 17 2010
1.6.2
5.0
Jul 17 2010
5.0
Version: 1.6.2
Pretty much the only media server worth buying out there. Seemless... set it and forget it like Ron Poppeil would say. Honestly... can't think of anything bad to say.
Cage123au
Cage123au
Jul 17 2010
1.6.2
5.0
Jul 17 2010
5.0
Version: 1.6.2
Don't hesitate, go buy this product. I have tried them all, MediaLink, Rivet, EyeTV to name a few, and this software just blows the others away. I was skeptical at first, but have had not an issue with this. GREAT PRODUCT.....and great support, wish I had known about it earlier, would not have needed to look further.
Shralldam
Shralldam
Jun 1 2010
1.5.3
5.0
Jun 1 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.3
I've been using Connect 360 for a long while. Then I tried Playback a few days ago, and immediately bought it. This software is just wonderful. Connect 360 trashed.
anonymous-heron-1542
anonymous-heron-1542
May 31 2010
1.5.3
5.0
May 31 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.3
The best PS3/Xbox media sharing app for Mac. Fantastic if you have both platforms. The default setup does everything most people will want but if you want more power there's plenty of control for power users. The app remains simple to use though. After a recent update of Mac OS I had trouble using the sharing but after contacting the developer I was provided with access to a version that fixed the incompatibility straight away. So excellent value, features and support!
Bargainsupe
Bargainsupe
Apr 17 2010
1.5.1
0.0
Apr 17 2010
0.0
Version: 1.5.1
I am unable to play any media from my Mac (running Snow Leopard) on my PS3, but I can browse the containing folders with the correct file names. When I attempt to open any of various types of files (let's say an AAC from iTunes), all I get is the message "There are no images." Any suggestions?? Thanks.
dantrepanier
dantrepanier
Mar 23 2010
1.5.1
5.0
Mar 23 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.1
Tried them all; this is the best media server for Mac bar none!
Cotter
Cotter
Mar 22 2010
1.5.1
0.0
Mar 22 2010
0.0
Version: 1.5.1
Hi, I downloaded and paid for playback the other day and for some reason my serial won't work when I go to add file. Am I right in thinking the text file receipt is the correct file or have I just not received my serial yet? It's been a week!! I emailed Kugi who have forwarded my email on twice. I have a code and everything. Please help. John
Colossus9
Colossus9
Mar 21 2010
1.5.1
5.0
Mar 21 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.1
One thing I would like to see in Playback's future would be an 'install to ALL Users on this computer' option. 360Connect offers this feature.
Colossus9
Colossus9
Mar 18 2010
1.5.1
5.0
Mar 18 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.1
Playback is amazing. Yazsoft is doing an outstanding job on the development and updates on this app. I just trashed Connect360 due to lack of updates. Playback will seamlessly work from my MacPro to my Xbox360. I'm so glad I jumped on board. It's nice to see the artwork on the movie files. I highly recommend Payback if you want a robust app to stream your video, photo and music content to you 360. High 5 to Yazsoft.
Majestik7
Majestik7
Mar 16 2010
1.5.1
0.0
Mar 16 2010
0.0
Version: 1.5.1
Just tried to convert two .MKV that had failed on the previous version. They both still fail. They both appear to be working, the new MP4 file show on my desktop, but at the end of the conversion a message "failed to convert" pops-up & the MP4 file disappears from my desktop.
Olc
Olc
Mar 11 2010
1.5
0.0
Mar 11 2010
0.0
Version: 1.5
Question to the DEV team: Does PLAYBACK convert MP4 files that are over 4GB or does it stream them as is?
Paddy-nyc
Paddy-nyc
Mar 11 2010
1.5
5.0
Mar 11 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5
Absolutely love this program. Easy setup, and it streams all my movies w/ no buffering to my ps3 (house is hardwired w/ giga ethernet). Convenient, and the quicklook previews is a decent touch. Very happy w/ the MKV repacking to MP4, since I had a lot of those that I didn't want to completely reconver to AVIs. Replaced a hard drive docking media player w/ this software.
Soulslave
Soulslave
Mar 3 2010
1.5
0.0
Mar 3 2010
0.0
Version: 1.5
tnx for clearing the air. i downloaded the demo and was having problems findind my mkv files on the xbox 360. I planned to buy this just for the ability to stream mkv files. but now i know it just converts them :/ tnx for saving me a few bucks :)
Fuchal
Fuchal
Mar 3 2010
1.5
5.0
Mar 3 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5
The best streaming app I've used on Snow Leopard. Always preferred Rivet on 10.5 but Rivet and MediaLink have both caused me nothing but issues since 10.6's release. The fact that I still can't get them to work well half a year in is crazy. Playback has worked flawlessly since I've used it and it keeps getting better with these latest features. Great job + keep up the good work.
$15.00
4.4
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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