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Sockso – Your Own Personal Music Server, No Third Party Required

Justin Pot 01-03-2012

personal music serverSet up your own personal music server, with a web-based interface that lets you listen to your collection everywhere. Sockso does this, and runs great on Windows, Mac and Linux alike. Google Music and services like it Five Streaming Alternatives To Google Music, Amazon Cloud Drive & Apple's iCloud Steam your music from the cloud right now, without waiting for invitations or paying for the privilege. The headlines may currently be dominated by Google Music, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive, but cloud-based music is... Read More are great. All of your music is moved to the cloud, giving you the ability to listen to it anywhere. There’s a tradeoff, though – you’re trusting a third party with your music collection.


Sockso is geekier than Google Music, and certainly harder to use, but it runs completely on your computer. This means you don’t need to upload all of your music, which is an annoyance with some other services to be sure. It also means you don’t have to give a third party a complete list of all the music on your computer, something privacy fans should appreciate.

Once Sockso is up and running, it can do most of what Google Music does. All of your music can be browsed and played in your web browser, and you can make playlists to your heart’s content. Sockso can also do a few things Google Music cannot, such as downloading full albums from the web interface and playing your music in an external player.

Using Sockso

First things first – head to the Sockso homepage and download the relevant version of Sockso for your operating system. Once you get it running, you’ll see the Sockso server backend. Here you can add your music, decide who can and can’t access your music and configure other settings:

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You can also access the web interface from here easily by clicking the button in the bottom-left corner. But accessing the interface from the computer you’ve installed the server on kind of defeats the whole purpose. To access this server on your local network, you’re going to need to know the IP address of your computer on the network. Open a command prompt and type ifconfig on Mac and Linux or ipconfig on Windows; you’ll find your IP address listed in the output under the name of the network device you’re using.


Then all you need to do is, from any other computer on your network, type your IP address followed by :4444 (or, if you changed the port, whatever your custom port is.) Get that working and you’ll be able to browse your music.

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You can explore your music in this web-based interface easily, so I won’t get into that. It’s worth noting, though that you have a choice of playback options:

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The browser-based options include flash and HTML5, but it’s also possible to play back your music using your choice of third party software using playlist files. This worked great for me using VLC, so try it out.

You can create a playlist using songs, albums or artists.

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I love setting up a queue of albums and then just letting it play, and think you will too.


Do you want to learn more? I can’t outline everything here, so be sure to check out the Sockso manual to learn the ins and outs of this program.

Connecting To Sockso Remotely

Do you want to connect to Sockso on the wider Internet? You can, but you’re going to need to learn how to do port forwarding. You’ll also need a static IP, or a service that can simulate one such as DynDNS.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then read this tutorial about DynDNS I wrote Connect To Your Home PCs From Anywhere With DynDNS Read More , which should explain nicely how to get DynDNS set up and how to configure port forwarding on your router.


It’s nice having access to my music from any computer in my house, and with a bit more configuration I can access my music online. It’s a little bit of work, but it’s also rewarding.


How do you like Sockso? Do you have a better tool in mind for the job? Let’s talk in the comments below.

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  1. shaurya boogie
    June 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    how much storage does this provide

    • Justin Pot
      June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      None! It runs entirely on your computer,

  2. Daleus
    May 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I have a PC in the office at the other end of the house, running Sockso. I have a MacBook here in the living room where I am planted on my sofa.

    Next, an old PC laptop running 98SE in the barn, although the bigger challenge there is to get a wireless card installed. Might have to run cable or a Live CD Linux distro.

    There is *no* way in hallelujah I'm going to try and do a network share with that mess. Browsers or media players, on the other hand, are pretty ubiquitous.

    • Justin Pot
      May 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      I'm not sure how anyone who owns a MacBook could stand to use Windows 98SE, but I suppose if it's a barn computer that's still working you can't really complain.

      I doubt that computer would be much fun to play music on via Sockso, even if you did get the wireless working across your yard to the barn. The browser on it must be ancient...

  3. pchelin
    March 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Majority of readers share their music on home network anyway already, or at least know how to do it. I second that the detailed guide on how to listen my music over the internet would be much more useful.

  4. freaker
    March 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    ipconfig* not ifconfig (I knew what you meant, perhaps others will not)

    • jhpot
      March 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      It's ifconfig for Mac and Linux users: I forgot it's different for Windows. Thanks!

      • jhpot
        March 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

         Wait: I mentioned both above. Just know it's different on UNIX systems than Windows.

  5. Norman Flecha
    March 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    this is a great tool since 2012 I have learned port forwarding and have made my own server from home now knowing I can also do the same for all my music is absolutely awesome cool.. Thanks for sharing

    • jhpot
      March 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm


  6. Dhruv Sangvikar
    March 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    On a home network what is the need of this software? I mean we can directly share the song folders or even drives. Much simpler. It would have been better if you would have explained more about how to setup access from internet. For example, a friend in another city wants to browse or listen to my collection. that time it would be really helpful. Anyways thanks for bringing this software to our notice. 

    • jhpot
      March 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      This works better than file sharing for me: no need to have a library file on each computer. Getting this working over the Internet isn't that hard with a static IP or DynDNS, so give it a shot.

  7. Splogy
    March 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Subsonic ( is another great choice. 

    • jhpot
      March 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks for the tip!