Back in October Subsonic was updated with a Holo interface, which was a vast improvement over the old UI. However, that update also included ads. There was a $4.44 in-app purchase to remove them, but now that's a thing of the past. The new version of Subsonic for Android is completely ad-free by default.

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The upsell in the app didn't really make much sense in the first place. Subsonic is a streaming service that runs from your home PC to give you access to your media on the go. However, the server software is not free if you want to stream to a mobile device, so charging again in the app felt a little unnecessary. Android users that want to try Subsonic need a $1 per-month subscription. Subsonic  Premium used to be a one-time purchase, but that seems to be no more, according to the site. This all seems odd in the age of Google Play Music, but not everyone can use Google's service.

Subsonic is handy if you want to stream a ton of formats. It supports almost all audio files including mp3, ogg, and flac. Video can also be streamed, but your device must support Flash.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Is it some kind of fizy or grooveshark like app?

    • rfunk

      I don't know fizy, but my understanding is that Grooveshark streams whatever is on the Grooveshark servers. Subsonic is for people who want to focus on their own large collection of mp3s, presumably too big to fit on the phone. The subsonic server runs on your own computer, not on some service.

    • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

      Subsonic is run on your computer, at home, with your music collection, and you can stream it to anywhere that you have internet. It's like having your own personal Google Music.

      • Nick

        It doesn't stream -- it literally downloads the music, and is transcoded on the fly from your computer.

        No more having to reload the stream to go back -- once it's there, it's there to freely copy, do what you want, etc.

        IMHO it's 1000x better than any other solution out there.

        • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

          It does stream. The ability to play the beginning of the song before you have the entire song downloaded, that's streaming. Keeping the downloaded files is a nice extra too, that is true.

          • Nick

            True streaming involves no downloading of files. You simply buffer a bitstream of music coming across into a small bit of RAM, and play til the buffer runs dry. Subsonic doesn't do this.

            It actually downloads the music into a temp file which can be played as it accumulates. Once the temp fills up, it transfers it into a complete file for long-term storage.

            Regardless, we're talking wording here. Same idea. Bottom line -- play as you download.

          • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

            You may consider semantics, but someone people don't want to download...they don't want to use up space on their phone. They want music to start playing immediately, not have to wait for it to download. To these people, the term "Streaming" is important, and I wanted it to be clear that IS available with Subsonic.

          • Floss

            The song starts playing after a certain amount of it has been downloaded, just like streaming. The only difference is a stream is stored in RAM and this stores it on the disk.

    • azholio

      Subsonic streams all of your media. It's not just music as it does a nice job with video in a pinch if you don't have Plex. Unfortunately it still relies on flash for video.

  • Wazzifer

    Fuck yeah Rammstein!

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  • http://twitter.com/jwyche007 A Deaf Mute

    Android police for life! Fuck yeah Rammstein!!!!

  • ZombieJerky

    Glad they got rid of the ads. I run the server on a Linux box at home and I paid for it. When they added ads to the client, it felt a little gross having to pay twice.

    • Marc R.

      there has always been a link to an ad-free version in the play store description of the app. Why didn't you install it?

      • ZombieJerky

        Really? I didn't know that.

        I had just upgraded from that older version and noticed it had ads. I never looked for another one. Oh well, too late, and problem solved. :-)

  • rfunk

    Of course, if you can handle some developer skills like git and maven, it might be worthwhile to check out the fork of subsonic called supersonic. That way you don't have to worry about the shenanigans of subsonic. Search for supersonic on github.

    • Adrian

      I was already using the ad free version from the website but have just installed a fork called "Ultrasonic". Free from the Play Store and has more features than the stock app (eg, ability to set buffer length!! <- seriously, why is this not in the standard app?).

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  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I was going to try a year or so ago and got turned off by the the whole set up and costs associated. It also makes very little sense when there are free alternatives like Google Music now as well.

    • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

      There are benifits though. One thing I always liked was the ability to set different bitrates for wifi versus mobile data. So when you're on the go, you could listen to lower bitrate and now chew through your data cap. Also, being able to stream my entire home movie and TV library was is nice too.

    • Nick

      Most of the other services require you pay a fee, not to mention you have to upload your entire music collection. With subsonic, you simply place your music in its standard directory, and subsonic looks for it. No waiting for uploads, etc.

      Also, Subsonic actually downloads the music vs just barebones streaming. This means that if you want to go back and listen to that same song again, you don't need to re-download it.

      You can also access other people's collections, upload albums to their servers, and generally do whatever you want.

      Subsonic is so much more powerful than Google Music or any of those other services.

    • Adrian

      Also, there are a couple of forks of the server-side app which are totally free to use. Same with the Android app. In both cases, the forks are better featured than the stock and are updated as reguarly (if not more so) than the original.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonbethea Jonathan Bethea

    WHoa Nice Rammstein album one of may fav,

  • xmRipper

    Muse <3

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    Can never get this damn thing to work. Get the server running on my local pc, port forward 4040, try to connect to my phone and it wont connect via the internal or external ip.

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