has release a music-streaming app thatís compatible with all iOS devices running 3.1 or higher. Ever since Google bought Simplify
and ended its development, the App Store has been sadly lacking software that lets users stream their music from computer to wireless device. With the arrival of Audiogalaxy, that has now changed.
Before using the app, users must create an account with Audiogalaxy and download their desktop client software. The users hard drive is then scanned for all available audio files, unfortunately, this can be a slow process. Once this process is complete, however, users can then enjoy music (including playlists) anywhere there is Wi-Fi, 3G or Edge network connection.
Alternatives to Audiogalaxy are available, such as Zumocast
, but it is primarily a video streaming app. Audio streaming is available as well, but files are not organized, as you would expect them to be. Air Video
is another content streaming app, but it does not yet include audio-streaming. This feature is sure to be part of a future update.
Some Audiogalaxy users have reported problems with playlists now showing up when audio files are stored on an external hard drive. Itís unclear at the moment, if this is a widespread problem or not. Either way, itís sure to be addressed at some point.
People may remember the name Audiogalaxy from back in its heyday, when peer-to-peer file sharing had not yet become a problem for the RIAA. Originally, Audiogalaxy developed a FTP site index called The Borg Search
. The company ran into problems when the RIAA started suing everyone connected with music sharing. They eventually settled with the RIAA and little was heard from them, until now.
With the demise of Simplify, itís nice to know thereís a worthy successor to audio streaming. Audiogalaxy is still in beta technically, but donít let that stop you from trying out this great free app. I have a huge music collection and until Apple ups the storage on iPhones to the TB level, I will always have need for apps like this. I just hope Google doesnít gobble it the same way they did Simplify.