Stream your music, playlists, podcasts to multiple PC’s and devices with AudioGalaxy

Let’s say you’ve got a snazzy, large music collection on your hard drive at home, and that you would like to take it with you; get access to it from your computer at work, from your iPhone or Android device.

And let’s say you want to do this without having to transfer and copy files around on multiple computers and devices. What to do? Get AudioGalaxy.

AudioGalaxy is a free web service with a desktop and smartphone app components, that streams your music online to any browser or to your smartphone.

The only requirement is to install a desktop application on the computer you wish to stream from and, to leave that computer turned on, and if you are going to stream to your smartphone, to have a good data plan (or just use Wifi).

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How it works: setting up is simplicity itself; first create an account then install the AudioGalaxy desktop ‘helper’ program on your computer and point it to your music folder. Next, download the smartphone app (if you want to stream to your device) and leave your computer on; importantly, make sure not to leave your computer in sleep or hibernate mode. You can now log into the web app from any browser or from your smartphone and listen to, search (and even share) your music and playlists. You can only stream from one machine (at a time).

  • The webapp: is fully featured and sophisticated. Features integration with Facebook and even Last.fm, dynamic playlists (such as most frequently played, Liked songs, etc), and filtering by artist, album, genre etc.
  • The iPhone app: is excellent. It behaves as it should, in that it still plays music in the background when you’re doing other things on your phone and using other apps. (And how cool is it to search your music collection from your phone?).
  • Performance: is smooth and quite impressive. Will depend on the data or Wifi connection you are using though,a and faster, more powerful computers also do better.
  • Resource usage: the helper app uses approx 15 megs, which is little. However, when it is streaming CPU usage can spike now and then (anywhere between 2%-10% CPU usage on my machine). It shouldn’t matter, of course, since you’re not using the computer anyway. Others who might be using it casually likely wouldn’t be affected much anyway.

Wish list (or how this app can be even better):

  • The ability to save tracks on your device. Yes I know you can simply plug into iTunes but I still want this ;)
  • Video?: can we see the service expanding to that.

The verdict: while there are other apps that stream content to your phone or in the cloud, this one does it excellently, with a smooth media player experience. And not only can you stream your music, podcasts, audiobooks to your device, but any device (e.g. you wife’s when your iPhone runs out of juice on that big cross country trip). Highly recommended!

Compatibility: Windows, Mac. Supports iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices.

Visit the AudioGalaxy website to get this.


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

Has been reviewing software since 2006 when he started Freewaregenius.com
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  • http://carbonize.co.uk carbonize

    I am currently using Google Music but it is not without it’s bugs such as messing up album art in the web interface but it will let me store something like 20,000 songs. According to AudioGalaxy you have a limit of 200,000 songs. Pretty sure they would be screwed for space if every user tried to upload that many.

    I am still uploading my 3,000 files to Google Music (small compared to some I know) but after that I may also try this one out.

  • http://carbonize.co.uk carbonize

    OK so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The web interface is a lot better than Google’s in my opinion. The big let down though is the helper program that is used to upload your music. It has no options other than selecting what folders to upload music from. With Google’s Music Manager you can not only specify what folders but also what speed to upload at, whether to upload automatically, when you click upload or even limit it to a x songs per hour/day/week. It also tells you how many it has uploaded and how many it has found in total.

  • http://carbonize.co.uk carbonize

    Please delete my posts. I sped read your review and missed the bit where it streams from your PC and does not store them on the web.

    • Samer

      @ Carbonize: would you mind if I kept these comment? Taken together, they are quite informative!

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    Sure. Not the first time I’ve made myself look like an idiot.

  • http://rawlinson.us/blog Bill

    You can get the ability to save tracks on your device; it’s just an enhancement you have to pay for. There are two enhancements like that as far as I can tell. The first is called “pinning” a track which downloads a copy to your device. The second will turn the song you’re listening to into a ringtone.

    In the android app, on the menu, is an option for “Add Ons” where you can purchase either of those options.

  • Colin

    Whilst I can see the attraction of this program, anything that requires me to leave a pc burning 24/7 gets an automatic “no thanks”. I think we all know enough about climate change to understand why wasting energy like that is not a good idea.

    There are other solutions:
    * I have my music backed up to online storage programs (e.g. Dropbox) and SongBox Player allows music to be played directly from there.
    * I can download the files I want to play and just delete them when I’m done.
    * I can simply listen to one of the many online “find song/artist and play” programs.
    * How many online radio stations are available through the internet? I like to try out new stuff while away from home – I can listen to my own music when I get back.

    So I’ll pass on AudioGalaxy.

  • http://carbonize.co.uk carbonize

    I did think about using Dropbox but they don’t give me enough space without having to pay for it. You are absolutely right about leaving your PC on being a damn stupid thing not to mention having to rely on your ISP’s upload speed being fast enough to deal with this.

  • Peter

    Wow, Audiogalaxy still exists? :)))) it’s been a while (1998), old friend!

  • Amit

    I would like to recommend two good sites for streaming music on the web. The first is turntable.fm that is US only. The other is jampri.com that does a very good job with allowing you to create social playlists.

  • Adele Bessemer

    As it supports both iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices, so it well solve to transfer itunes playlist to android.