As of the latest version of Helium Streamer (3.3, released today) there will be a free version and a Premium version just like for Helium.
We want everyone to be able to get remote access to their music and we’re glad to finally release an entry-level version of Helium Streamer for free.
The limitations in the free version of Helium Streamer follows the same pattern as in Helium. Here is a short list of what is locked in the free version:
- Labels view
- Genres view
- Years view
- Statistics view
- Changing thumbnail sizes (the Free version comes with the “small” thumbnail size)
- Managing users (the Free version only allows for one user. If you have Helium Premium you can manage users from there, which will work also in the Streamer)
- Multiple database support (the Free version comes with the default SQL Server Compact database). If you use a different database in Helium, it will work in Helium Streamer also, but you cannot create SQL Server or MySql/MariaDb from Helium Streamer free.
- Remote access for the mobile apps for iOS and Android. If you want to connect the Helium Streamer app for iOS or Android to Helium Streamer you need a Premium license of Helium Streamer.
News in Helium Streamer 3.3
So, apart from the awesome news about a free version of Helium Streamer, what’s new since last release?
One big focus with this release has been to move towards multi-platform support. The ultimate goal is to make Helium Streamer available on Linux and macOS apart from Windows. Even though we’re not yet there we have made significant progress. Let us know what you think about this in the comments.
Helium Streamer comes with a couple of new features in this release. Here are the most important news:
User permissions (Premium version only)
Helium Streamer now uses the same permission system as Helium does. The permissions set on a user in Helium is used in Helium Streamer and vice versa. Not all permissions makes sense to support in Helium Streamer, but most does. You can edit permissions for a user from the Settings page.
Album collection management
It was previously possible to filter for album collections in Helium Streamer but you could only use album collections set from Helium. It is now possible to add and remove collections from an album, as well as create, edit and delete album collections (available from Settings).
Multiple thumbnail sizes (Premium version only)
It is now possible to switch to medium or small sized thumbnails from Settings. Small thumbnails will be the new default. The free version can only show small thumbnails.
New statistics view (Premium version only)
The all-new statistics view will let you get a better understanding of your music library. Many of the popular statistics from Helium have now been incorporated into Helium Streamer.
We would very much like to hear your thoughts about this new free version of Helium Streamer. Do you like it? Do you miss any important features? Does the free version have enough unlocked content? Let us know in the comments!