Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

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Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

Postby husti » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:31 am

Hi there,

actually I do not use Subsonic yet, but maybe it's what I am searching for.

I have a the HiDrive Cloud and want to put my MP3 files up there. So I need a player to listen to them by streaming it, and that's how my attention was payed to subsonic. So my question is, can I link subsonic somehow to my HiDrive cloud, or maybe to another? What requriements are needed then?

Thank you very much
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Re: Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

Postby acroyear » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:12 pm

As it stands, no, there's no direct serving of files off of cloud storage via Subsonic. Everything Subsonic sees has to be on a locally accessed filesystem "mounted" on the computer. Generally if you can see it in Finder / Explorer, then Subsonic can reference it.

There are some applications/drivers for Windows and OSX that can mount some cloud drives onto your file system. E.g., I know of at least 2 that can do that for Amazon-hosted S3 databases. For HiDrive, it *may* work. https://www.free-hidrive.com/faq/ - click "How can I set up my HiDrive account as a drive on my computer?" and be sure to specify a drive letter. Then you can add that path to your Subsonic server (assuming you're running on windows - it doesn't give instructions for setting it up for Linux or OSX) and it should find it. However, that windows drive feature appears to only work when you have a paid plan (the 5.80 or higher per month fee).

Some cloud services cost money for traffic, and it should be noted that the initial scan will look at EVERY file, so a large collection is going to be a lot of bandwidth in a very short time. Also, regular usage will use surprisingly a lot more bandwidth than you might expect. I regularly have phone data usage in the multiple gigs, though for me and Sprint (US) that's free. HiDrive appears to have free traffic, so that's a plus there. Other cloud drive systems cost money when you pass a certain amount.

It won't serve directly from the cloud drive. Every file will be downloaded to your home server and then relayed back out again to your browser or device. If you have home bandwidth upload limits, that too is a concern to watch for.

So yeah, it can be done, but it isn't built-in, intuitive, nor without side effects in bandwidth that may affect you.
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Re: Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

Postby husti » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:54 am

Hi Joe,

I really appreciat your detailed answer, thank you very much for that.

Your're right, HiDrive has no traffic limit. I found some other players, that are able to link to that directly, or via WebDav; unfortunately HiDrive charges fpor that service another 5 EUR /month.

I already have a Synology NAS at home. As I understood Subsonic correctly, I can install the Subsonic App on my NAS and then am able to stream to my iPhone (?).
I don't have any traffic limits set by my internet provider, an the upload speed rate is 6 MBit/s.

So I will try that first, if possible.

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Re: Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

Postby cliston » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:01 pm

I realize this is an old thread, however I wanted to resurrect it. I am trying to find a way to stream files from a cloud based server, live G-drive, OneDrive, or something similar. I'd like to be able to stream my music collection from a cloud based server instead of having to leave my home computer on all the time. Has anyone found a solution like this? Subsonic or otherwise?
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Re: Can Subsonic be linked to Cloud Storages?

Postby toolman » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:54 pm

You might have a look at http://www.subsonic.org/pages/hosting.jsp
I don't beleive that any company offering cloud services like One Drive or Google will allow you to stream music or audio from their servers because, as Acroyear explained, it takes an enormous amount of bandwidth. The only viable option is to have your own VPS with Subsonic. Sure, it will cost you money, but having a server at home running 24/7 comes with costs too.
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