Download of the day: Audiogalaxy makes streaming music from your desktop dead simple
Aug 25, 2010 (Lifehacker.com - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) --
Windows/Mac, Android/iOS: Want to stream music from your main stash to an iPhone, Android phone, or any browser? Audiogalaxy, once a Napster-like peer-to-peer service, seems reborn as a straight-up service for streaming your own music, and it's brazenly easy to set up.
One hitch: Audiogalaxy is limiting the number of users during what was supposed to be a quiet launch. More sign-up opportunities should be available in the near future. But once the site is up, just head to Audiogalaxy.com, sign in with a username and password (or, even easier, through Facebook), then download software for your PC or Mac. All the software really does is find your music files, but you can click on the Audiogalaxy agent in your system tray to point out exactly which tunes you'd like to stream. If you want iPhone or Android access, download those free apps through your Store/Market, or click the appropriate icon on the Audiogalaxy page.
With the software installed, you're instantly ready to stream tracks through the Audiogalaxy player online, or through your phone. Create playlists, shuffle your entire collection, pick out particular albums or artists, and, if you'd like, have those playlists sync back through your iTunes library. It took me literally five minutes to get Audiogalaxy up and running from my main PC laptop to an Android phone, a MacBook and even a Chrome Incognito browser, just for the heck of it.
Audiogalaxy (http://audiogalaxy.com/) is free to use, and there are no apparent limits on collection size, though the service only supports DRM-free MP3s and AAC files. There's an Audiogalaxy Gold that provides a vague "unlimited access to your music on ALL your devices."
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