I have been a fan of streaming my own music and media to my computers, my cellular phones, and tablets. When I say stream, I mean over 3g or the internet as opposed to toting around several GB of storage.
To do this I have used several systems, some basic and default such as having Windows Media Player stream tv shows/movies to my home network. With others being more complex such as streaming music from my home computer to my cell phone when I am out on the go with many of them falling significantly short either in features or functionality. Recently, I found a program called Subsonic which claims to be a free music streamer, but pretty much requires a “donation” after a month for continued function. But for the price in performs very well and has some extra media streaming features that I haven’t found anywhere else:
- It plays almost any format of music.
- It can convert the bit rate of your music as you are streaming it. Yes, I know this lowers the quality, but is a great feature if you are on a sketchy signal.
- It can cache songs on your playing device, so if you do lose signal it will continue playing.
- You can upload and download songs from the app on your phone or device… or through the web interface.
Is it perfect? By no means, it still seems to skip a bit or require re-entering screens to make them work, but it really does seem to function the best and have the most features out of any available streamers that do not have any hardware requirements that I have tried.
Do you stream your music to your phone? Still use an mp3 player or something else?