How To Use Sockso As Your Own Personal Streaming Music Server

Do you want to share some music with your friend? Or do you want to hear to your favorite music playlist while you are away from your PC? Sockso is a free, open-source, personal music server for everyone! It’s designed to be as simple as possible so that anyone with a mouse and some mp3’s can get themselves and their friends listening to their music across the internet in seconds. Plus, it works Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The only thing it requires is to have java installed on your machine, which is not a big problem.

Sockso Features

  • Simple setup (no install! just double click and go!)
  • Supports MP3, OGG Vorbis, and WMA
  • Easy web-interface for your friends, and a GUI for you!
  • A great way to listen to your music collection at home, from work or any Internet connected PC
  • Online flash music player, playlists, search, etc.
  • Download single tracks, or entire albums/artists or playlists
  • Statistics like most played, recently popular etc.

Start by Downloading Sockso and unzipping it.

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If you’re running Windows, open the windows.bat file. If you’re running Linux, run linux.sh (you may need to chmod +x it first). If you’re running Mac OS then you will need to open sockso.jar. I will be using procedures for Windows, but they are very similar to Linux and Mac OS.

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To begin adding music for your friends, click the Collection tab.

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Now Click the Add Folder button.

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Select a folder of music that you wish to share. You may want to start with a folder that only contains a few files, to make sure everything works – but you can select as much as you want. Click the Open button once you’ve determined the folder you want to share.

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You should now see that folder listed in the main window. Return to the Music tab.

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In the left pane, you’ll notice a new Collection. Expand this collection by clicking the + (plus)signs.

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To create a sample playlist, drag some of the tracks from the left pane to the right. When you’re done, click the Save button.

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Give your new playlist a name, and click OK

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Now it’s time to test Sockso on your local PC. Open a web browser, and enter the address: http://localhost:4444. You should get a screen similar to the one below.

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Click the Latest link and you’ll get a listing of all the music you’ve added to Sockso so far.

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Click the Play Button  and the Flash player will launch (Default Player).

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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