Not many years ago, listening to music was an expensive hobby. You’d have to buy an expensive CD or DVD player, and then keep your music collection on tape cassettes or optical discs at hand in order to play your favorite tunes. Then came the iPod era, and changed the scenario forever. Apple’s popular portable music player and other similar devices allowed you to store a lot of songs and carry them around on the internal storage of the device for listening on the go. And now with the cloud and high-speed mobile internet access, anyone can stream music for free directly from the cloud using services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Music and many, many more. However, if you don’t like to rely on the cloud, yet want to stream your entire music library between mobile and PC, then OnAir Player is your best shot. It’s a music player that gives you remote streaming access to all the music files on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone.
OnAir Player supports a wide spectrum of platforms including web, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Amazon Kindle, Google TV and even OUYA! It can also be streamed over DLNA, or via its web dashboard to pretty much any device, while Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users can use the native apps for the purpose.
To start using OnAir Player, first install the supported apps on each of the devices where you wish to stream the music. For instance, if you want to stream between Windows and Android, simply download and install the apps on each platform.
When launched, you’re taken to the login screen where you can sign in using your Facebook or Google accounts, or alternatively create a new OnAir account.
The desktop version of the app runs on Java and while doesn’t look like anything groundbreaking, it’s plain and simple, and fairly user-friendly. After registration, you’re taken to the main music view of the app. At start, this space would be empty, so you need to locate music on the device you’re using. On mobile , this should happen automatically, while on desktop, you will need to add music to the library yourself.
To do that, open Settings > Add Music and then select your music folder from the tree view pane on the right. You can also select multiple folders if you want, and the program will automatically scan them all for you. The scan process is quite fast, and your music list generally starts showing up within a few seconds of scanning.
You can also create playlists by adding your desired songs to them, which helps keep your music well organized. In addition, songs can be added to the queue, and marked as favorites.
On the desktop variant, you’ll see a blue button in the bottom-right corner, clicking which opens up a pop-up menu from where you can select the device the music will be streamed to. Within this menu, you can also adjust the volume level individually for each device.
When it comes to the mobile version, it supports the same functionality and features found in its desktop counterpart. You can add music, create playlists and queue up songs. There’s also a search feature to quickly find a particular track from the list.
Despite providing a great music listening experience no matter what device you use it on, player itself is very basic in features, and lacks many advanced options such as software equalization, shuffle and repeat modes etc. The desktop version relies on Java, so it can feel a bit laggy too. Moreover, there’s no iOS version yet, though you can access it on any platform through its web app, which happens to be optimized for tablets.