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XBMC 13 (Gotham) is out!

XBMC 13 GOTHAM LOGOAfter 2 long months, XBMC 13, alias Gotham has been released in its final version!

For whose who don’t know XBMC, it’s a free and Open Source (GPL) media player and entertainment software (Usually for your home theater PC) to play and view your videos, musics, podcasts, ….from local or network storage media or even through internet. It can display the art cover and download from different sources, your movies and tv shows information (Trailer, description, covers, etc…)


The strength of XBMC is also its large list of plugins developed by the community, extending a lot its feature (Torrent download, youtube, RSS, TV stream, … and many more plugins)

It can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, but also even on iOS and Android!

You can download the latest version directly here.

The list of changes is long but they particularly improved the 3D rendering, touch screen are now better supported, a new option has been added to read on remote device like DNLA compatible device and many more.

For more information on this new release, please read the XBMC v13 changelog.

2 months after, the Ampache Fork merged with the original

Ampache is a web based audio/video streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music & videos from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device. Unlike Deezer or Spotify, you can install this directly on your own server to remotely access to all your audio and video files.

For quite a long time, we had no update of this software but a fork 2 months ago, called Ampache Doped received good feedback from the community. Well, the fork have been merged back to Ampache project! Happy ending? Yes as now the development have starting back again on the GIT repo of the project.

ampache fork merged reborn

As you can see from Ampache website, a new design is here (more intuitive and recent) with some additional features too.
Definitely worth a try.

ampache artist view screenshot

I’ve explained in a previous article how to install Subsonic (A audio video streaming application too), but I guess I need to add Ampache to my “To Write” list.

To be continued!

Popcorn Time reborn through Popcorn Team

Few days after the Popcorn Time’s announcement to close the project, thanks to open source application, available on Gitub, a new team have made a fork of the project and have made few improvements such as additional subtitles, tweak a bit the performance, etc…

Demo Screenshot

This new project is called Popcorn Team and is supported by the Team Yify, well popular on torrents trackers. It’s basically the same application than Popcorn Time, it’s a kind torrent client dedicated for streaming videos based on most popular videos available on some torrent trackers. (Few buffer time and your video will start).

This application is then, as legal as a torrent client like Deluge, Transmission, etc… it’s obviously the content that you watch that is illegal.

Here are the current download links:             


Subsonic – Free Music Streamer like your own Deezer and Spotify

Music is everywhere and as never been as digitized as today, in your smartphone, your computer, your car radio, your TV, etc…. and fewer and fewer buy CDs, instead they spend more on concerts and legal online music. you may have already a good collection of musics at home, you may want to be able to access it from anywhere on your smartphone, your laptop, etc…

The best is then to install on your server a Music Streamer service. Probably the 2 most popular are Ampache (in PHP) and Subsonic. (In Java)

Most probably Ampache is the most powerful one with the highest level of customization possible.




However Subsonic remains for me one of the first and best service I install on my servers as it has all I need in a simple yet powerful package.

Subsonic can handle hundreds of GB of musics, for a large choice of formats (MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, etc…) but also videos, with a very friendly interface and damn easy to install. Some features are also very appreciated such as bitrate limitations (In case of slow connection), can follow podcasts and webradio, can easily download or upload tracks, etc….The only issue is for me the need to have Java…

So let’s see how to install it.


Obviously you will need first to install the Java JRE. You can either use the Oracle/Sun version or the OpenJDK version under GPL2 licence (Really free as free speech)

As Subsonic works with any of these 2, I prefer to use the free one. In root, type:

To be able to use their great transcoding feature (To convert music on-the-fly), you will need to install a couple of packages to decode the music:

And finally download and install the official subsonic.deb from their website.

With their today’s latest version (4.9), to download it in command line, I will do:

and to install, in root (su):

And voila !

You should now have a working instance of Subsonic on your server at the URL http://myIP:4040.

So don’t forget to open the port 4040 into your router to allow connection from outside your network.

You also recommend you to use their smartphone application (Android and co)

Subsonic Music Streamer - screenshot thumbnail

Subsonic Music Streamer - screenshot thumbnail

Subsonic Music Streamer - screenshot thumbnail

Or do you use any other good Music Streamer despite Ampache and Subsonic?