Plex Media Server 1.0 is now available for download. The latest version of the popular cross-platform media server application is mostly a bug fix release but still noteworthy due to the version bump.
Plex Media Server enables you to run a media server on a computer running Windows, Mac or Linux, or on various NAS systems including those offered by Netgear, Synology or QNAP.
The content the media server makes available is then accessible through applications, again on desktop devices, mobile devices, smart TVs and consoles to name a few.
You could run the server component on a NAS or a desktop PC, and use your Android smartphone or Playstation 4 to connect to it to stream all media made available on the server.
Before you start to upgrade Plex Media Server to version 1.0, make sure the operating system you are installing the server on is still supported.
Support for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 has been dropped in version 1.0. If the server is installed on a device powered by one of those operating systems, upgrades are not available.
The Plex team notes that the last working version before version 1.0 is still available for use on those unsupported devices.
Another issue that users need to be aware of is that the sync database format changed in the new version. While that is not a problem when users upgrade to Plex Media Server 1.0, it may cause sync issues when users downgrade the server component.
The changelog lists minor changes, Plex Web was upgraded to version 2.7, and opus is used instead of mp3 when transcoding music using Chromecast devices.
For the most part though, Plex works just like before. The team notes that support and development of older versions of Plex Media Server will be discontinued.
To ensure we’re efficiently allocating development resources across all platforms, maintenance and support for versions of Plex Media Server prior to 1.0 will be discontinued. This will help Plex focus efforts not only on bringing exciting new functionality to life, but also on enhanced stability as we move forward.
The blog post that announces the new version looks back at the development from the very beginning. It all started in 2008 when the first version of Plex Media Server was released. More than eight years later, Plex Media Server 1.0 is available.
The service has grown, support has improved, and while it has been stable for a long time, version 1.0 marks an important step in the journey.
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