PS3 + Grooveshark Sweepstakes

by Scott Tuesday, October 23, 2012
PS3 Grooveshark Sweepstakes

To help promote Jamcast 1.9 and Grooveshark, we're giving away a grand prize of a brand-new Sony Playstation 3 160GB, free copy of Jamcast with lifetime software updates, and a LIFETIME Grooveshark Anywhere subscription. This prize is valued at over $500!

PS3 Giveaway: Enter Here

To enter this sweepstakes, you must be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. To complete the entry form, you'll also need to "Like" our fan page on Facebook

Good luck!


Grooveshark!

by Scott Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Jamcast + Grooveshark

Hey everyone, today we're releasing Jamcast version 1.9 which features integration with the world's largest music discovery service: Grooveshark! Grooveshark allows users to host their entire music collection in the cloud, plus search for and discover new music via its amazing web and mobile applications! Build playlists, subscribe to other's favorite tracks, and when you need to hear your tunes on the big speakers, simply connect Jamcast to your Grooveshark account and you'll have direct access to your entire collection!

Press Release: Click Here

To use Jamcast with the Grooveshark service, you'll need a Grooveshark Anywhere subscription ($9/month, more info here). But here's some great news: you can create your Grooveshark account and get a free 14-day / 50-song trial right from within Jamcast! Check out the Grooveshark Quick-Start Guide for more information on taking Grooveshark for a spin!

And there's more great news: now thru November 26th if you purchase a Jamcast license and check out with coupon code GROOVESHARK, we'll give you 50% of the regular price of Jamcast PLUS 3 free months of Grooveshark Anywhere!

Thanks and enjoy!


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Jamcast Player for Android Updated

by Scott Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Jamcast Player for Android 0.9.5 has been published to the Google Play app store and updates should be pushed to devices momentarily. It's been nearly a year since the initial app release, and this update represents a variety of bug fixes collected from the error reporting system and the Jamcast forums. Overall, users should find the app to be more stable as many common exception cases are now handled gracefully, or are now prevented from occurring altogether.

We hope you enjoy this release of Jamcast Player for Android and look forward to updating the app on a more frequent basis moving forward. If there's a feature you're looking for or a bug you need us to fix, just let us know via the Jamcast forums.

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The New Jamcast API

by Scott Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Jamcast APIWe're excited to announce today the new Jamcast API! With the announcement comes some other goodies as well, including the first Jamcast plugins and some open source projects as well.

Quick Start

For those of you familiar with API's and eager to see what the Jamcast API has to offer, head on over to our new Developers / API section for documentation, sample projects, and more.

What's An API?

An API (application programming interface) is used by other developers to modify, interact with, or otherwise communicate with the application or service its associated with. In this case, the Jamcast API allows developers to quickly build plugins that add new content to Jamcast Server without having to know all of the intricacies of what makes Jamcast work internally.

First Jamcast Plugins

In order to get folks started using and building Jamcast plugins, we've created a few of our own. We'll in more detail on those later, but for now head on over to the Plugins page to download and try them out (Jamcast 1.8 required). Additionally, we've released the source code for all of these plugin projects so that developers can see exactly how they were created.

For more information ,check out the official press release.


Jamcast 1.8 Released

by Scott Saturday, April 28, 2012

It’s here! We’re happy to announce the availability of Jamcast 1.8. This release marks a major milestone in ongoing efforts to prepare the Jamcast platform for an improved wide-release API. Announcements regarding the Jamcast API and availability of plugins are coming next.

Introduced in Jamcast 1.8 is an improved software update system. Although a basic updater actually does exist now (it will push 1.8 out to the install base), the new system includes the ability for us to push notes along with the update. There is also a new notification present in Jamcast Server Manager.

New Logging SystemAlso notable in this release is an overhauled logging system. The three legacy logfiles (medialog, importlog, and upnplog) have all been moved to a new \logfiles subdirectory and consolidated to a single logfile that rolls over daily. The logfiles are also now formatted in accordance to log4J/log4net layout specifications which allows you to view the logfiles using a compatible viewer/tailing program if desired. Additionally, users can control the level of logging detail and number of days logfiles are kept via Jamcast Server Manager.

There’s a bunch more, too. Check out the change log:

- FIX: removed unnecessary service status notification in UI
	
- FIX: fixed value decoding for PluginDataProvider selects
	
- FIX: invalid UPnP BrowseMetadata response on Virtual Soundcard
	
- FIX: Performing Artists container returning incorrect metadata
	
- FIX: Folders container returning incorrect metadata
	
- FIX: remote track type in iTunes library not handled (will skip
  until iCloud streaming support is available)
	  	
- ADD: new logging system, log management features
	
- ADD: new software update system
	
- ADD: API - added method to request server restart from plugin
  configuration panel
	  
- ADD: API some obsolete / redundant code removed / refactored
	  
- ADD: API version upped to 3.0
	  
- ADD: improved logging for failed UPnP actions	
	
- ADD: better handling of invalid UPnP search criteria
	
- ADD: UI performance enhancements
	
- ADD: link to plugin download page
	
- ADD: visual indication that plugin is installed but fail to load
	
- ADD: updated license.txt

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Apple’s iCloud Unsupported For Now

by Scott Saturday, April 14, 2012

iCloudAs users begin to migrate their iTunes libraries to the cloud, we’re sad to announce that iCloud-hosted media is not currently supported by Jamcast. For Jamcast version 1.7.6 and prior, remote iTunes tracks will actually cause import of the entire iTunes library to abrupt abnormally. While this defect has been fixed for Jamcast 1.8, moving forward remote tracks will be skipped. To continue serving up your iTunes-managed library, tracks must be stored locally.

Of course we’d love to bring iCloud support to Jamcast and will be looking into the possibilities as time goes on. Or perhaps someone will beat us to it and build an iCloud plugin for Jamcast? Stay tuned on that.


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Jamcast 1.7.6 Released

by Scott Monday, April 02, 2012

First post in the new blog software! It’s been a week or two, but I’d like to take the time to formally announce the release and availability of Jamcast 1.7.6. This and the previous few releases have been building upon the 1.7 overhaul of the media and content directory services to support the new API and plugin infrastructure. The platform is solid -- this is the final release before Jamcast 1.8. Head on over to the downloads page to get your copy today.

Here’s the change log:

- FIX: API - better error reporting when plugin load fails
	
- FIX: Server Manager crashes when setting capture device dropdown list 
  to invalid selection
  
- FIX: bitrate wrong in metadata for 44.1kHz tracks
	
- FIX: Virtual Soundcard reporting wrong bitrate when hardware mode
  is forced by user	  
	  
- FIX: byte order issue with WinMM capture samples	
	
- FIX: audioscrobbler submits tracks multiple times
	
- ADD: reduced request timeout on device description HTTP GET's
	
- ADD: better logging for device description timeouts

Hope you enjoy this release! If you run into any trouble, please let us know via the Technical Support forum.


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Jamcast 1.5 Released

by Scott Tuesday, November 23, 2010

After several months worth of user-driven development, we're proud to announce the release of Jamcast version 1.5. So what's new in this release? Here are some of the highlights:

Last.fm Integration

Last.fm logoJamcast 1.5 hooks into the Last.fm Scrobbling API so you can submit tracks right from the server. This means submissions are happening regardless of what device you're using -- whether it be a gaming console or HDTV or the upcoming Android app. For those of you not familiar with Last.fm, it's a really cool way to track your listening habits, discover new music, and socialize with others sharing similar tastes in music!

Android Support

Android logoWhile the Jamcast app for Android isn't quite ready to share with everyone (soon!), Jamcast version 1.5 has all of the new functionality that will make magic happen. This includes a variety of things including new networking/security components and enhancements to the transcoding engine.

New SDK

Version 1.5 ships with a overhauled content directory SDK. The old SDK (there was one?) was limited and remains undocumented to this day as it wasn't what we felt was ready for primetime. The new SDK, however, makes it super-easy to add new content to Jamcast, and to show it off we'll be releasing "official" plugins based on the new SDK, starting with the Live Music Archive. This plugin will give you lossless playback of all 85,000+ concerts in the archive, including the Grateful Dead collection!

And More!

In addition to additional enhancements, this release fixes 16+ issues reported via our various support channels. Thanks to everyone who brought these issues to our attention! For a complete list of changes in Jamcast 1.5, please see the change log. As always, if you run into any trouble please visit our support forum for help.

Enjoy! =)


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Coming Soon: Jamcast for Android

by Scott Friday, September 10, 2010

That's right, in just a few weeks we'll be releasing Jamcast for Android. With the Jamcast server installed at home, this app will give you instant access to your media collection from anywhere you can get a data connection. Add in voice search, native playback support for everything Jamcast server supports (FLAC, AAC, OGG, etc.), album art, and a bunch of other goodies and we're certain this app will be turning some heads. And best of all, the app is available to our users at no extra cost!

More details and screenshots will be arriving as release data approaches, but for now enjoy this FAQ thread in the forums and these screenshots:

Screenshot: My Music View    Screenshot: Album View

Screenshot: Tracks View




Browse and Listen To Your Music Library Over the Internet

by Scott Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We've received a lot of requests for being able to stream Jamcast over the internet, so we teamed up with bubbleguuum and his UPnP plugin for foobar2000 to create a really slick user experience that works great on the LAN as well as over the internet. Browse your media, view album art, create playlists, and play a wide variety of supported audio formats from anywhere. Audiophiles will be excited to know that Jamcast can transcode to FLAC (when necessary) to foobar2000, facilitating a lossless conversion option that performs great over the internet if you have the bandwidth. And of course, the Virtual Soundcard can be streamed over the internet as well.

Here's a screenshot of foobar2000 streaming from Jamcast over the internet. This is using a custom UI plugin for foobar2000 called Columns UI:

Jamcast streaming to foobar2000

If your PC is connected to the internet via a router, you'll have to configure port forwarding so that internet traffic finds its way to Jamcast, but in version 1.1 we've made this a bit easier by consolidating all Jamcast network services to a single port. In a future release of Jamcast, we hope to make this configuration even easier by configuring NAT on UPnP-compatible routers automatically.

For detailed information on how to set all this up, check out this article in the Jamcast documentation.