Stream Your Music, TV Shows, and Movies Anywhere with Subsonic
For the past two years or so, I’ve had an ability that would’ve been viewed as a superpower to people of previous decades: to be able to listen to every song in my 1TB+ collection at any time, anywhere. Even limited storage space, the bane of MP3 players and smartphones alike, couldn’t stop me from effortlessly switching between The Eagles of Death Metal, Tricky, or Modest Mouse on a whim, all thanks to the advent of a handy little app called Audiogalaxy, which would take my entire music library, and convert it to a cloud-based music streaming service accessible from any other computer or a smartphone. And the best part is that since it’s your music, there’s no fees for use whatsoever.
“But Tyler,” you ask yourself, “why haven’t you given us a link to this wonderful app so we may also possess your fantastical audio-listening abilities?”
Well, hypothetical reader, the answer is simple: the reason is that whoever runs Dropbox is, for lack of a more eloquent term, a complete horse’s ass. After buying Audiogalaxy in December of last year, Dropbox decided to shut off the valve and no longer let Audiogalaxy users take advantage of their own “DIY-Cloud” music streamer after January 31st. While I’m certain that some new version of the service may eventually rise from its ashes as a hybrid function of Dropbox, I am equally certain that it own’t hold a candle to what Audiogalaxy was.
With AudioGalaxy gone, its users have scrambled to find a replacement means of streaming their music while on the go, and in the process, they may have found something even better: Subsonic.
Subsonic goes above and beyond what Audiogalaxy ever aspired to by allowing its users to not just stream their music, but their entire media collections. That means that any media you have on your computer, whether it be music, TV shows, or movies, can be accessed and played with subsonic on almost any decide, with apps available for all major computer and smartphone operating system as well as internet TV services like Roku.
Plus, if you want to share your library with someone else, you can authorize other people to access your music and videos on their own smartphones, tablets, or computers, making file sharing easier than ever.
While this ability to stream all of your media at all times is clearly Subsonic’s biggest draw, the service also aims to act as an omnibus external media hub as well, allowing you to subscribe to podcasts and internet TV/Radio programs within the Subsonic shell as well.
The only downside is that despite the ability to access more forms of media than Audiogalaxy, Subsonic looks and feels considerably less polished than the former dearly-departed music streamer, due in no small part to Subsonic being the pet-project of Norwegian computer programmer Sindre Mehus, who does request small donations to help continue developing Subsonic in lieu of paid subscriptions. Considering just how much you can do with Subsonic, I’d say that he’s earned a donation or two.
So if you’re looking for a way of cramming all your music into your smartphone at once, or want to re-watch all of season 2 of Game of Thrones while on the bus, I can definitely recommend Subsonic.