Kazoo User Guide for for Windows and iMac

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Requires Windows Vista and later and Mac (Lion and later)

If you are using Windows 8, Windows 10 or MAC Capitan (from and including OSX 10.11) please use the latest version of Kazoo from the Windows Store and from the Mac Apps Store

Kazoo provides simple and intuitive way to play music all around your home.

You can view your Music sources content without stopping what you are listening to.

Kazoo has been designed to control Linn DS systems and Kazoo Server. Kazoo will also work with 3rd party UPnP/AV media servers, but for the best music experience, we recommend using Kazoo with Kazoo Server.

Kazoo is also available for Android (4.1 and later), Apple iPad/iPhone (IOS 8.0 or later).

Release history

Windows Kazoo History shows changes in the Windows Kazoo software


Kazoo has support for homes that have multiple DS systems. Each system in the home should be given a unique room name. A system's room name can be configured using Linn Konfig.



Click Home.png then PC-SettingsTile.png
Note You may have to scroll through the sources

This will let you select the UPnP Media server, Register your Linn Products and report any issues/improvements to Linn Products.

Settings Pane.png

Make sure that you have a Media Server selected, press the Media Server box and select a device, before using this software.

Tidal voucher

If you register your Linn DS/DSM product and this Linn DS/DSM has not previously had a Tidal Radio trial you will be given a voucher code for Tidal radio.


The Home.png button will return you to the sources screen

Select Room

1. To show the room selection dialogue click RoomName.png at the top of the screen (This may take its time as the PC/iMac is also trying to talk to your UPnP Media server as well as finding your room.)
2. Click on the desired room name
  • The currently selected room is highlighted in white
  • When moving between rooms the music will continue to play
  • Rooms in standby will have their standby button greyed out
To turn all systems off click

The SatelliteButton.png indicates that at least one room has permanent Grouping.

Playback controls


This provides the playback controls, play/pause/stop, skip forwards and skip backwards for the selected room.

Volume controls

Volume.png To open the volume control dialogue:-
Provides volume controls for the selected room.
1. Click and rotate clockwise on the dial to turn the volume up; alternatively click on the + button
2. Click and rotate anti-clockwise on the dial to turn the volume down; alternatively click on the - button
3. Click on the centre of the dial to toggle mute
  • If rooms are Grouped the Master volume will affect all rooms
  • The inner number shows the absolute volume value
  • The outer dial shows the percentage that the current volume is of the volume limited volume

Now Playing and Full screen view

At the bottom of the screen is the Now Playing screen:

Press the Now Playing area to get the full screen:
Press the X in the top right corner, to exit back to previous layout

Sources-Home screen page

To return to the Home screen click Home.png

Local music library - "My Music"

Linn DS systems can play music from computers and network attached storage (NAS) units on your home network through an additional piece of software, a UPnP Media server, This can be Kazoo Server, MinimServer, Asset UPnP, Twonky... etc
  • Organisation of music depends on the quality of the information contained in the music tracks
  • To view music stored in a different library on your home network go to settings and select your new Media Server/library

My Playlists

You can save and recall Playlists with Kazoo.
This will show you the Playlists you have saved on the PC/iMac. You can select the whole Playlist of tracks within each Playlist.


Linn DS systems come with a variety of preselected regional stations which can be configured using Linn Konfig.
You can also use your Tunein account name for your own preset list. This can be performed using Kazoo TuneIn icon or via the Tunein website
  • Linn DS systems can play internet radio through radio preset's.
  • Click of this button to view the radio preset available.
  • Press the Radio station that you want to listen to.


This allows you to browse through all of the stations available from TuneIn.
You can navigate and select your station and add the Radio Preset list for easier selection in the future.
  • Click of this button to view the regions and station available.
  • Press the Radio station that you want to listen to.
The TuneIn account that is used is setup in Konfig


If a Tidal streaming account has not been assigned to Kazoo or your Linn DS, you will get the Login screen to enter your Username and Password for your Tidal account.

  • You can select any New tracks, list Music by Genre, Playlists or check out your own account favourites in "My Tidal"


If a Qobuz streaming account has not been assigned to Kazoo or your Linn DS, you will get the Login screen to enter your Username and Password for your Qobuz account.

  • You can Discover new Music, select you purchased Music (If you have a Qobuz HiFi Sublime account this can be played in Studio Master quality) or check out your own account favourites in "My Qobuz"

External inputs

Linn DSM systems can play audio from external sources. To listen to an external source select the tile with the source's name from the homepage.
Source names can be configured using Linn Konfig
  • Visible sources that are still using the factory default name can be found by clicking [Image:InputsTile.png|40px]
  • If a source is not being used, we recommend removing it from the Kazoo by setting its Visibility to false in Konfig


Search can be used to look for music within MyMusicTile.jpg when using KazooServer or Linn supported Media server.
Search.png: To search and enter the desired, partial or full, search term
As you enter the search term, matching results will being to appear.
  • Search results are grouped into categories, Albums, Artists, Classical and Tracks
  • There is a number of results for each category are shown in brackets after the category label
  • Albums shows albums whose title contains the search term
  • Artists shows artists whose name contains the search term
  • Classical shows composers whose name contains the search term
  • Tracks show tracks where any piece of track 'information' contains the search term

Managing the playlist

Adding to the Playlist

Within the Music Source when you select some Music you will see the Play Now, Play Later and More buttons.
More.png Press the More and you get more options of Play next, Play later, Add to.. and Album info / Track info

PLAY NOW.png PLAY NOW play the first track, (or first track in Album or saved Playlist), immediately

Play Later.png PLAY LATER will add the track,(or Album or saved Playlist) to the END of the current Playlist.

PLAY NEXT.png PLAY NEXT will add the track,(or Album or saved Playlist), to be the next track to Play (as long as you are not in Shuffle mode)

Add To.png Add to.. add the track,(or Album), to the selected saved Playlist.

Album Info.png If available, reports the Album information provided by the Music source

Track info.png If available, reports the track information provided by the Music source

Playlist editing

A typical user will not need to manipulate the playlist as queue music will take care of itself, playing in the order selected by the user.

PlaylistButton.png Click to view the playlist

Clearing the playlist

To delete to whole Playlist:


All tracks will be removed from the currently selected room's playlist.

To delete individual tracks:


and delete each track using Check-Box.png followed by the Delete-Check-Box.png button

Shuffle and Repeat

Shuffle and Repeat controls can be found in the playlist dialogue

Shuffle.png To play tracks in the playlist in a random order -Shuffle turns white when enabled

Repeat.png To repeat the playlist after the last track has played click - Repeat turns white when enabled

Saving a Playlist

You can Save playlists using the Save button located on the Playlist dialogue PlaylistSave.png

The saved playlists can be found in the My Playlists section on the Source page

Dynamic grouping of rooms

Linn DS systems provides the ability to play different music in every room in the house, play the same music in all rooms or play the same music in a subset of rooms.

All rooms grouped together play the same music in perfect synchronisation.
1. Home.png Go into the Home/Source page
2. MultiroomTile.png If this button is not listed then there are no rooms to group or are already setup for Permanent Grouping
3. GroupButton.png on the room you want to group with other rooms
4. Check the rooms you want to add to the group

  • You can choose to either:
    • select and play the music you want and then group additional rooms
    • or group rooms then select and play music
  • Rooms added to a group will immediately start playing music in perfect synchronisation


If this does not work, use the Linn Konfig software and check that all of the Linn DS/DSM products have:
"Songcast Sender" > "Enabled" - YES
"Sources" > "- Songcast" > "Visible" = YES

Permanent grouping of rooms

A permanent room is a room that plays the same music as another room but does not appear as a selectable room. An example of this behaviour is an open plan area with the Kitchen connected to a Lounge. In most situations a listener would want both rooms to play the same music but be able to control the volume in each room independently.

To make a room a permanently part of a group you need to configure your Linn system using Konfig. To add a room to as a permanent member of a group you must configure the name of the room's Receiver source, (it's default name is Songcast), to be that of the group.

1. Go into Konfig and select the Room that will always be the source of the Music, we will call this the "sender" room
2. Select the Device tab and copy the "Room" name
3. Now in Konfig go into the Room that you always want listening to the "Sender" Room
4. Select the *Sources* tab in this "listening" room and select the Songcast input
5. Paste the Name of the "sender" (from point 1.) into the Songcast name
6. On this Songcast input make sure that "Visible" is set to Yes

In our example of a Lounge, called "Lounge", with open plan Kitchen, called "Kitchen", you would configure the name of the Kitchen's Songcast source name "Lounge". Rooms:

  • If a permanently grouped room is not playing the same as the group click SatelliteButton.pngand ensure the room is switched ON

Permanent Grp2.jpg

  • The permanent grouped icon will only be visible if there is a permanently grouped room associated with the currently selected room
  • Rooms that are permanently grouped do not appear as a selectable room.