Subsonic: The Music Streamer You Didn’t Even Know You Needed [Part 1]

Have you ever loved something so much that you would donate a limb for it? Well fine, neither have I. But Subsonic comes pretty damn close.

While not exclusively an Android application, Subsonic is by and far the most comprehensive, reliable, and easy to use music streamer this writer has ever come across. And this writer has tested A LOT of music streamers (Orb, Audiogalaxy, Google Music, Apple’s Airplay, Doubletwist, not to mention your online radio like Pandora and Last.fm). Subsonic is different in the sense that it is not a hosted solution. You stream your own, personal library of music with a very high level of quality and compatibility, and only you have control of it.

While initial screenshots may leave one disconcerted, what Subsonic lacks in flair, it makes up for in features.

What features, you may ask? How about 320kbps streaming directly to your phone over wifi or 3g/4g? Local caching to minimize data charges and “buffering”? Support for Scrobbling, sharing, and podcasts? Transcoding on-the-fly of nearly any file to an easily playable mp3 format? Support for video to your phone?

Are you sold yet? Of course you are. Lucky for you, Sindre, Subsonic’s developer, has provided us with a great demo to test the web interface here. Now on to the fun part.

Subsonic’s BIGGEST disadvantage is its semi-technical setup. While not hard to those that are experienced in the field, your average PC user is going to dismiss the job before even trying to attempt it.

Never fear. I am going to walk you guys through setting it up on your own network, and provide some support in the comments. Check with us tomorrow for the full guide here!

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Drop Some Phat Beats On Your Android Device Using Caustic (Video)

Do you spend a lot of time in a studio?  Love putting together some dope beats?  How would you like that capability on the go?  Caustic for Android has got you covered.  If you’re the type that’s always trying to hold on to a beat in your head until you get home and record it, boy do we have the app for you.  Believe me when we say a lot has been put into this application.  The options one has to create a masterpiece is all there.  Plus, it’s just ridiculously fun to mess around with.  With a total of eight different machines to use, you can create an electronic beat while on a bus, train, plain or even on a bathroom break.

CAUSTIC Music Rack lets you create electronic music on the go.

This app is packed with 8 machines including:

* 1x Virtual analog subsynth
* 2x PCM synths (23 demo samples included)
* 2x 303-like BassLine synths
* 1x Sampling drum machine (9 demo kits included)
* 1x Mixer desk with Delay/Reverb and 7 insert effects
* 1x Song sequencer

If you’ve got at least an 800 MHz ARMv7 CPU or better, an 800 x 480 res for your display and some rocking headphones, you’re in business.  This is without a doubt one of the coolest apps you’ll play with.  It’s an unlimited demo version and you can purchase the full unlock key, if you want, as an “in app purchase” on the Android Market.  As the unlock key is tied to your Google account, the developer states that the app and all of your settings can be seamlessly moved across multiple devices.  Ready for the download?  Head on over to the Android Market and get your phat beat on.  Hit the break for a full video demo of the app in action along with some more screen shots and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

MediaMonkey for Android is coming soon

If you are a fan of MediaMonkey you will be happy to know that it is being developed for Android by fellow XDA forum member, BulletproofIdeal, to celebrate the upcoming release of the fourth version of the desktop client.

If you are not familiar with MediaMonkey here is how the wiki describes it:

MediaMonkey is a proprietary digital media player and media library application developed by Ventis Media Inc., for organizing and playing audio on Microsoft Windowsoperating systems. By using plugins, it can be extended to handle video and other media formats as well.

This is a work-in-progress beta, but it is well underway. Checkout the list of planned features after the break:

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Get AOSP sounds on your Sense device thanks to XDA

Love Sense, but miss the awesome ringtones / notifications that come with all those AOSP ROMs? Well, thanks to (as usual!) XDA, you can get yourself a nice, clean, flashable ZIP to get them back. According to the original thread:

Here is a flashable zip file of all the AOSP ringtones and notifications. I requested this to use on a sense rom (MikG v2.2) Thanks Preludedrew for making this for me!!!!! Hopefully all the sense users out there that are stuck with some pretty weak tones can find this useful. And always remember to DO A NANDROID BACKUP FIRST! I am not responsible for what happens to ANYBODYS phone!!!!!!!

So hit the original thread here, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

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Spotify has landed in the US – available now (video)

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It’s finally here folks! Spotify, Europe’s awesome music streaming service with over 15 million songs n their catalog has launched in the US and sign ups are available right now for the Unlimited $5 or Premium $10 memberships. If you decide you want to go with the the free service, you’ll only get in with an invite right now as the free service in the US is in beta stages.

Spotify will allow you to stream music to your smartphone or desktop, with on-demand access, offline mode and social media integration as well. See here why we think you should get Spotify, and head over to the source link to check them out and sign up.

Video and Presser below.

Android 101.03: Managing Your Music/Your Phone as an MP3 Player

Now that you’ve learned how to transfer files from your computer to your phone via USB this next lesson will be a cinch. You’re sick of carrying both your dedicated MP3 player around and your phone, huh? Well this lesson here will narrow down your devices in your pocket to one. You know what’s even better? You have two ways about this that you can do: Hard memory or streaming. Hit the break to read more. Read more

Amazon Cloud Player now has unlimited storage for $20, iCloud who? limited offer

In the war of cloud services, Amazon is certainly leading the pack when it comes to storage , particularly with music storage. Sure we have Google Music coming to all soon, and Apple’s iCloud, as well as Spotify hitting the US soon, but Amazon has put themselves ahead of the game again by announcing that for a limited time, you can get unlimited storage for your music on Amazon Cloud Drive and play it anywhere with the Amazon loud Player for only $20 a year.

Songs purchased through Amazon will not count against the storage at all and you can load up .mp3 and .mp4 files. So if you’ve been waiting on which service to go for, this is as sweet a deal as anywhere, in fact, you wouldn’t even need to worry about buying extra MicroSD cards for your music now that it can all be loaded to Amazon. On top of all that, if you paid for more than the 20GB storage plan already prior to today, Amazon will pay you back the difference minus the $20 per year fee and grant you unlimited storage as well. Nice work!

Press Release below.

Amazon tablets launching in second half of 2011 – production limited

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The Amazon tablet that we have been hearing about should still be making its way to the public in the second half of 2011 (which starts tomorrow – lol). The previously rumored tablets should have an initial order of 1.5 to 2 million units at launch according to a report by Digitimes, who also reports that their sources suggest the first launch in September. Touchscreen manufacturers fighting for the job to help build these include Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch all based out of Taiwan.

There lies a wall ahead for the Amazon tablets however, which is meeting the demand of their initial order from manufacturers, as it appears most tablet manufacturing from hardware makers may be focused on Apple iPad 2 production (since they have 95% of the tablet market share). This could make the Amazon tablet launch a rocky road.

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Google Music Beta Rolling Out In Europe?

You didn’t think the US was going to have all the Google Music Beta fun for long did you?  We’re receiving reports that various parts of Europe are starting to receive the Music Beta goodness too.  It looks like lucky owners of the Nexus S running Android 2.3.4 in the UK were able to install the application without an issue.  We’re being told that the device allegedly prompted to self-install on the smartphone all on its own.  If you’re a fellow UK’er and you’ve managed to snag the install successfully, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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