PS3 Media Server

Streaming and You: A guide to streaming music (Part 2)

Last time, I gave you guys some useful webapps and apps that allow you to take your music on the go. While two out of three of them allowed you to listen to a radio-like feature, you really didn’t have much of a choice as to what they gave you to listen other than skipping the song. And while Spotify gave you choice in the matter, you would have to pay a fee to get a full experience of streaming music on the go (unless you mind taking a laptop with you everywhere). Fear not, I have a few more services you can use to get your music fix.

Google Music

The first, and mostly painless, one of them all is Google Music. Part of the Google Play package that the internet giant rolled out, Google Music allows its users to upload up to 20,000 songs in their own personal library. I spoke about this before   back when it was beta invite only but now it’s free to the masses. The only thing with Google Music is that you have to have their Google Music Manager Software in order to upload your songs which isn’t bad. Once downloaded, you can direct the manager to watch a folder for music and any music that shows up will be automatically uploaded. From there, you can load up Google Music on any browser by heading to the site and listen away. For the to-go part, you can download the Google Music App for Android Devices (iPhone users can use the browser version) and all your music will be there.

The Add bonus of this is Google Music is slowly trying to be an alternative to iTunes. If there is a track you want, you can buy it from their music store with prices ranging from US$1.29, $0.99, $0.69, and free. You also get recommendation of other songs based on what you have been listening to.

Streaming DIY Style

Alright, maybe Google Music isn’t up your alley. If you want to really have streaming powers all over, you are just going to have to do it yourself. One way of doing it is through a DropBox account. Now, I don’t know how to go about that correctly but the folks at lifehacker have directions on how to stream music to your phone. Not only that, they did an article on how to stream music anywhere  you go. One way I found from them is streaming it to the Xbox 360. It requires a streaming app that will let you get to your folders from your computer such as PS3 Media Server.

PS3 Media Server
PS3 Media Server running on Ubuntu 12.04

Don’t worry, while it uses PS3 in the title, you can stream stuff to everywhere, not just music. It’s simple to set up as well. And unlike most stuff, you can use it for any OS you have.

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Really, that’s all to it. Is there a method out there that I haven’t covered in these two post? Let us know in the comments and also let us know if you tried any of this stuff.

One thought on “Streaming and You: A guide to streaming music (Part 2)”

  1. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after going through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

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