Google Music has provided for the cloud streaming needs of the average user, but what if you've got more than 20,000 tracks or you want to stream video too? Well, there's always Subsonic, which relies on streaming media from your personal storage instead of Google's cloud. The app has gotten three big updates in the last few weeks, including today's jump to 4.1.

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Subsonic got a UI makeover a while back, and several of the changes recently have been about refining the interface and adding support for newer Android features. Here's an aggregated list of all the changes of the past three updates:

Version 4.1

  • Search suggestions.
  • Sharing support.
  • Lock screen widget.
  • Now works with older Subsonic server versions.

Version 4.0

  • Added "My starred music", and options for starring songs, albums and artists.
  • Added context menu buttons.
  • Use Roboto Thin font (on Jelly Bean and later).
  • Hide search button and pin/unpin option when offline.
  • Don't show notification if previously dismissed and not currently playing.

Version 3.9

  • Added notification controls.
  • Support any number of servers.
  • Faster startup.
  • Fixed some album art problems.
  • Send com.android.music.metachanged intent.

You can check out this app for free with a 30 day trial. After that you've got to pony up for a subscription of $1 per month to access the mobile app, video streaming, podcasts, and the ad-free web interface.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • John

    Too bad D-Sub is a way better app for using SubSonic, and it has been updated quite a bit lately. The new interface is nice.

  • fireworksordie

    DSub has had basically all of these features and more for a long time. On top of that the dev is responsive and updates consistently with new features. It's awesome.

    • flosserelli

      Hmmm...I may give DSub a shot. I loved audiogalaxy, too bad Dropbox buried it.

  • cabbiebot

    First used SubSonic years ago to stream my library and while I nerd-loved setting up my computer to stream to my phone, I just don't see the point of it anymore (having less than 20K tracks in Google Music, that is).

  • alamarco

    I've been using Qloud Media for a while now. Does every type of media, including photos. I find a lot of media servers ignore photos so finding one that included photos was huge for me.

    The other feature I like from Qloud is it lets you download photos to your device. So if you want to share an image, you can connect, download it and share it.

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  • JT

    Plex ;-)

  • Adrian van Nunen

    Ultrasonic is also a better client app for SubSonic users - very much like DSub only free!

  • Wazzifer

    Oh fuck yeah RAMMSTEIN!