Edited by dlanor at Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:38 |
I don't recall the original poster mentioning just music specifically.
Gaveroid replied at Mon Jan 12, 2015 20:23
If you want music over the internet (not DLNA), I assume you want something like Orb (now defunct but as an example) or PlexPass where over the WORLD-WIDE-WEB (not just your local network) you can access your music?
I assume that he wants/needs a generic media server, for all kinds of media, including music of course, but also movies, TV shows, picture collections etc.
This makes the Plex media server (aka: PMS) an obvious choice for the server end, with various clients for various platforms to choose from for the client end.
But I see no need whatever for a PlexPass subscription.
PlexPass subscription is mainly needed for 'early access' to new Plex releases, before they are released to the general public, though there are also a few features of the PMS server which are locked for non-PlexPass users at present. This is also a part of the 'early access' system for those features. Another way of looking at it is that PlexPass members are pre-testing late beta versions of releases and new features before they are released to the general public.
No. That is completely incorrect.
I'm pretty sure Plex has an Android app too, just for the over-the-web media streaming you need to pay for PlexPass.
The PMS server is free, and most of the official Plex clients are also free, including the 'flagship' client "Plex Home Theater" for Windows, OSX and Linux.
A Plex account is needed, but that account is free and does not need to have a PlexPass subscription.
The "Plex for Android" client does cost money, but it's a fairly cheap app for what it does, and it's a one-time cost that does NOT require PlexPass subscription.
There is a special fork of the "Plex for Android" client called "Plex for PlexPass" at Google Play, but this is basically the same as the non-PlexPass version except that it may be updated ahead of it and does include a check for valid PlexPass.
The non-PlexPass "Plex for Android" can of course be used for streaming media from a PMS server over LAN or Internet without having any PlexPass subscription.
There are a few features that do require PlexPass, but normal media streaming for watching videos or listening to music through the client does not require PlexPass.
Some forms of client-to-client media 'casting' and offline syncing for local storage of remote media are still PlexPass limited, if I recall correctly.
One obvious limitation of DLNA/UPNP is that it is strictly a LAN protocol without any way to access the server from outside the LAN.
Why can't you use DLNA/UPNP, just curious?
The closest you could get is to connect remotely to the LAN of the server through VPN (thus effectively joining the LAN).
Another limitation of DLNA/UPNP is that it offers limited meta-data access compared to a real Plex server connection.
Best regards: dlanor