Compared to most other mobile platforms, Android users have the luxury of choosing form a broad range of free, power-packed video players. Whether you’re looking for a player with a floating window to enjoy your videos atop your favorite app, or want one capable of playing almost all renowned video formats without requiring any additional plugins, rest assured that Google Play Store will have at least one quality option to cater to each use case scenario. Amidst such fierce competition, it can prove tough for a new entrant to impress a wide audience, especially if it has nothing new on the menu. Luckily, that’s not the case with Path Player
– the latest addition to the huge list of feature-rich Android video players
. Beside supporting MX Player
-style universal file format support and gesture-based playback, brightness & volume controls, Path Player happens to be one of the few video streaming and playing apps supporting picture-in-picture video playback. The app can also be used as a floating video player. In addition, it has several other attractive features on offer, including dynamic walls, DLNA support, video bookmarking, content sharing over Wi-Fi, video screenshots and a plethora of customizations.
Listening to online radio is probably the best way to stream music for free. Online radio services like Last.fm, Spotify and Pandora have long been fairly popular and are used by millions around the globe but due to their limited availability – Spotify being available only in selected regions for instance - many of us are left in the dust. Previously, we have covered various radio applications for Windows that doesn’t put any regional or country constraints on their users such as RarmaRadio
, InLight Radio
. Today, we’re bringing you another such app called Radio Tuna
. The application houses a massive number of radio stations and lets you stream thousands of streams ranging from Rock and Rap to Pop, HipHop, Classic and so on.
Style Jukebox is a popular cross-platform media player for Windows, web and Android that allows real-time syncing of your personal media (music and video) files, playlists and settings across multiple devices via its dedicated cloud service. It requires just a valid Style Jukebox account and, of course, internet connectivity to get yourself connect you to your cloud storage, and automatically have all your preferred content synced across various connected devices. The desktop app of Style Jukebox has been around for quite some time now, and as our review
indicates, it was initially available as a gorgeous-looking media player only. However, the official Android app of Style Jukebox
has just been released to the Play Store, bringing with it the option to access and manage your personal cloud content on-the-go (Update:
Now available for iOS as well). In addition, the app happens to be one slick music player that lets users listen to local music tracks, create custom playlists, manage cloud syncing & storage preferences, sift through their music library in multiple ways, and enjoy hours of seamless local and online music playback on their Android.
Amazon Cloud Player
caused quite a stir when the service was announced
for the web and Android last year. Since then, the online music storage and streaming service from Amazon has received favorable reviews from users all around the US, which is perhaps why Amazon has finally decided to increase its userbase beyond the aforementioned platforms to iOS. We know that it is said about a lot of apps out there, but Amazon Cloud Player really does have the potential to give iTunes a run for its money (as a music management tool). Just like the Android app, the iPhone version of Amazon Cloud Player comes with a full-featured music player that can be used to create and manage playlists as well. However, the killer feature offered by the app is its Amazon Cloud Drive integration. You can easily transfer songs from your PC or Mac to your iDevice via the Amazon Music cloud service. Not only that, you can even choose to stream music from your cloud storage to your iPhone without having to download anything, and the app comes with Bluetooth support, making it a true match for the stock Music app.
is an online P2P audio and video streaming service that is renowned for hosting thousands of high quality TV and radio channels broadcasted by users from all across the globe. The service has had its official iOS
client available in the iTunes App Store for quite some time whereas the Android variant has just recently been released. Using the mobile client of the service, you can gain free and instant access to various television channels that are being broadcasted over the SopCast servers from anywhere in the world. Besides online media streaming, you can also use the app to play local media content (supports almost every file type), and stream content from preferred URLs. Since the app is currently in beta, it is currently missing a few options that we get with
the desktop client. For instance, there is no option to open SopCast URLs, manually add favorite TV channels, or edit the server list. However, the amount of options currently available should satisfy the TV streaming needs of most users. Most of the content is played in full-screen, buffering is fairly smooth, and you have the option to set the video’s aspect ratio.
Streaming media across a number of different devices connected to your home network is fun. With the advent of WiFi being integrated into nearly every device, such as laptops, iPhone, Android, Blu-ray players and even LCD TVs, people love to sync media files across their entire local network. Home Media Center
is a server application to stream media files such as photos, video and music to UPnP / DLNA compatible devices. You can quickly and easily generate a local web host address, which can be used to get access to the files placed on your media center using a web (HTML) and UPnP interface. Supported output media files are MPEG2, WMV and WebM. More to follow after the jump.
If you’re a music lover, you must have heard about hype machine, a web service that keeps track of the bloggers across the world wide web that write about the best music available. This not only saves you time to find that awesome tune you might have wanted to listen to, but also keeps you stumbling upon the latest and greatest music trends around internet. If you want to experience the love of hype machine on your desktop, then meet Hypegram
, a beautiful and elegant application that will let you stream music right on your desktop. This tool will also help you keep up with all the latest and popular songs that people have been sharing on the various blogs. Keep reading for an in-depth review of the application.
is a fun-filled music streaming app for Android and iOS-powered devices that utilizes the concept of crowdsourcing to play music tracks as per user votes. Yes, using the app, you can explore dozens of category/genre-based music stations to listen to only the tracks that you prefer. This can be done by voting for your favorite music tracks in real-time. To push your favorite track higher on the playlist, you need to vote up for it. The more up votes a track gets, the better chances for it to be played next. No need to listen to the dull music, as is the case with other music/radio streaming apps. Instead, with Jelli Radio, it’s you who’s in control of the tracks that should be played. That’s not all, the app also sports a native chat interface that allows music-loving Jelli users to share their thoughts with each other via text chats. Apart from that, you can manually search for music stations, add tracks to your favorites list to listen to them anytime you like, explore other user profiles, and keep a close tab on your recently played tracks.
We have all used SoundCloud
at one point or another, either the web service itself, through browser extensions
, or on our Android or iOS devices. Windows Phone 7 users, however, have been missing out on the fun. Not any more, though. Released this holiday season for you and your family to dance and groove on the songs showcased by the music sharing giant, Music Cloud
for WP7 is a third-party SoundCloud client that lets you search for, play and download music on the go along with making playlists of your favorite songs. The app has both a free trial and a paid version, where the only difference between the two is that the free variant is ad-supported.
You will find lots of apps for streaming podcasts on almost any platform, and for Mac, both iTunes and QuickTime are great for managing different streams, but if you have one Mac and a large audience that you want to play a podcast to through an external display, you might end up fiddling with a projector for a while before things are up and running. SharePlay
is a free Mac app that streams Podcasts and automatically detects and supports external displays. Using the app’s hotkeys, you can control full screen mode and forward or rewind a stream 10seconds from your keyboard.
Love listening to live online radio and podcasts on your smartphone? Then you must try giving a try to The PURE Lounge
– a cross-platform online radio and podcast streaming app for Android and iOS that features no less than 16,000 online radio stations, thousands of on-demand podcasts as well as plenty of featured content. To help you easily navigate to content of interest, the app offers category-based searching, browsing, filtering & assortment of channels. In addition, it offers recommendations for content that matches your taste, lets you view channel/station information (where available), and contains the option to add content to favorites etc. The app comes with a neatly designed user interface, support for almost all the popular playlist formats, stream formats and protocols, and the option to share all content with your Facebook and Twitter network.
Don’t you just hate it when you can’t watch a video or live stream on your iPhone or iPad because iOS does not support flash? It is always a nice addition to the App Store when a new app is released which lets you watch live TV on your iPad. But there’s something even better in the App Store now: getting to watch the broadcast for free
! If you like to keep up to date with the business world, aren't much of a reader and would prefer not to disturb your wallet, then Bloomberg TV+
is just the app you need on your iPad. The app is a complete alternative to the Bloomberg TV channel, and is even better than it in some areas. Not only will you be able to watch the channel's popular shows thanks to this iPad app, it is also good enough to give a lot of newsreader apps a run for their money.
Arguably the most groundbreaking feature offered by Mango is multitasking. And multitasking doesn’t only mean the app switcher brought up by long-pressing the “back” button on your Windows Phone 7 device, Mango actually does offer multitasking in the sense that you can keep on playing music from third party apps while doing anything else. Last.fm is the
app for listening to all the music you will want in a lifetime. The app provides a pretty decent music discovery service, but that's not all. There is also the option to find out all the activities in your area that are related to music. This means that Last.fm will tell you all about the concerts taking place in your locality! The app has been around for quite a while, but now it just reached a whole new level with its new update. The Mango-fied version of the app can now be used to stream songs in the background while you reply to text messages and read your emails!
Android Market has no shortage of entertainment apps. Ranging from photography-based app to music streaming and discovery solutions, you may find plenty of quality apps. rad.io
is a handy radio app for Android that lets you stream thousands of online (local and international) radio stations and podcasts for free. You can browse radio stations according to various categories/genres, search for your favorite stations, check out hot-running stations, purchase the best tracks and/or share them with your friends. The app sports a homescreen widget that lets you enjoy non-stop radio streaming with just a tap of a finger.
Encouraged, no doubt, by the huge success of their Android and iOS mobile clients for HBO GO (over 1 million downloads within the first week of release), Home Box Office Inc. has rolled out a mobile app for Cinemax’s (US-only) MAX GO online streaming service. The app provides on-demand streaming of 700+ hours of programming including popular Hollywood movies and series as well as Cinemax’s first original series Strike Back. The app itself can be downloaded free of cost from the
Android Market Google Play Store and iTunes App Store while the service, too, is free for MAX GO subscribers.
Applications like AirPlayer and AirServer (for Mac) or Shareport4w
and Air Stream Media Player
(for Windows) let you stream media from your iOS device to your computer, in most cases, eliminating the need to transfer files from device to computer. Quite a lot like VLC Streamer for iOS and Emit
for Android, Air Playit
reciprocates said functionality. The app works in conjunction with a desktop client (server application) to stream and download video and audio in up to 320 different formats from user-defined directories on a computer to your mobile device, either over a shared WiFi network or via the web. But that’s not all. The app features highly customizable video playback, the option to set varying permissions for shared media directories and an offline video converter particularly useful for older, slower mobile devices. As of this writing, Air Playit is only available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch but an Android variant of the mobile client is around the corner. The app may be new to the market, but it is undoubtedly among the most comprehensive and efficient desktop-to-mobile media streaming solutions around.
The list of good reasons to get root access on your Android device gets longer. If you’re a big movie or TV show buff, being unable to run the freshly released Netflix app on your unsupported Android device might be killing you right now. We understand your pain and would like to share with you a quick and simple trick that’ll fool Netflix into thinking your device is one of the five currently supported. The method involves altering your phone’s model name from within the build.prop
system file and thus, requires root access.
Ever craved for the neat AirPlay feature of Mac and iOS devices but not enough to ditch Windows and make the switch to Apple products? Ever envied your friends after watching them play music from their iPod to their Mac without transferring any files? You can now enable your PC for the same AirPlay audio playback, thanks to a tiny free app Shairport4w
is a Windows application which broadcasts live internet TV streams from many countries around the world. It is capable of reading TV streams from a given URL and also has built in Links for many famous TV Channel streams. You can watch videos from available video links, as well as play games. It supports both HD and FLV channels. YUTELSAT Player is also capable of playing media files from your computer.
Remote streaming of media content is a very attractive feature of Windows Home Server 2011. With Remote Streaming, uses can remotely access and stream their videos, music and pictures via Remote Access. In this post we will tell you how to remotely stream media saved on a Windows Home Server 2011 based server.