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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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 1.5 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.


Stream Jamcast To Your iPhone

by Scott Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jamcast Discovered By PlugPlayer App For iPhone/iPod Touch

Jamcast's Virtual Soundcard enables you to stream any audio from your PC directly to UPnP and DLNA compatible devices like gaming consoles, HDTV's, and digital media receivers. But what about to the iPhone, iPod Touch, or Apple's upcoming iPad tablet device? No problem -- get PlugPlayer and you're all set. This cool app is available on the iPhone App Store for $4.99.

Jamcast's Virtual Soundcard Streaming To iPhonePlugPlayer is both a UPnP renderer and UPnP control point, which means no only can you stream Jamcast to the iPhone, but you can also use PlugPlayer like a remote control to stream Jamcast to other devices in your home. Seems that PlugPlayer can also control another docked iPhone or iPod Touch running PlugPlayer.

PlugPlayer supports a variety of playback formats, including FLAC -- which is great for the Virtual Soundcard since it's both lossless and compressed. This app takes advantage of Jamcast's ability to serve album art as well.

For more information, check out this discussion in the Jamcast forums.


A Farewell To Beta

by Scott Sunday, January 31, 2010

Almost one year after Jamcast's first beta release, Software Development Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce the release Jamcast version 1.0. Community feedback throughout the duration of the beta program led to 14 public software releases, addressing over than 100 bugs and more than 50 functional enhancements. The beta program also gave Jamcast the opportunity to be tested against dozens of media streaming devices, and many interoperability issues were addressed with hardware from Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Yamaha, and other manufacturers.

During the beta program, much worldwide attention was given to Jamcast's Virtual Soundcard feature as the news spread that there was now an easy way to stream services like Spotify and Pandora to gaming consoles and other compatible devices. In mid-2009 the Virtual Soundcard was enhanced to work directly with the improved audio engine in Windows Vista and Windows 7, thereby making the Virtual Soundcard a zero-configuration experience.

As a token of our appreciation for those who participated in the Jamcast beta program, we're offering a discount on the purchase of a software license. Beta users should log in to the website using existing credentials and visit the online store to see their discount automatically applied. Thank you all very, very much for your contributions to making Jamcast a more useful & stable product.

We're looking forward to the future of Jamcast, and we hope you are too. Expect to see media type support expand into video and pictures, and the addition of new content providers -- especially those that originate from the internet.

Stay tuned.