It was a relatively quiet evening on the Home Tech Podcast! Gary Johnson joined Jim (Andrew and Christian were both out of town) to discuss in detail a few topics. The majority of the show focused around Subsonic and how Gary uses it in his Home Enterprise. From the Subsonic site:
Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music. Use it to share your music with friends, or to listen to your own music while at work. You can stream to multiple players simultaneously, for instance to one player in your kitchen and another in your living room.
Subsonic is designed to handle very large music collections (hundreds of gigabytes). Although optimized for MP3 streaming, it works for any audio or video format that can stream over HTTP, for instance AAC and OGG. By using transcoder plug-ins, Subsonic supports on-the-fly conversion and streaming of virtually any audio format, including WMA, FLAC, APE, Musepack, WavPack and Shorten.
If you have constrained bandwidth, you may set an upper limit for the bitrate of the music streams. Subsonic will then automatically resample the music to a suitable bitrate.
In addition to being a streaming media server, Subsonic works very well as a local jukebox. The intuitive web interface, as well as search and index facilities, are optimized for efficient browsing through large media libraries. Subsonic also comes with an integrated Podcast receiver, with many of the same features as you find in iTunes.
Based on Java technology, Subsonic runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix variants.
Subsonic is open-source software licensed under GPL.
If you would like to visit Gary’s Subsonic Server, visit: http://maplegrovepartners.subsonic.org
User Name: Guest
Gary’s Subsonic Forums Handle: GJ51
We also chatted a bit about his HTC Evo 3D and a short segment on his thoughts around hard drives purchasing today. I want to thank Gary for being on the show.
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