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May
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Miro is an open-sourced, free solution to your media problems with Android. It's touted as an all-in-one solution, and with its feature list, I'm not about to disagree. It offers a media player, BitTorrent client, video encoder, music store and device sync component all wrapped up in a single program, which covers some of the problems Android has run into without its own downloadable client.

With your phone connected to your computer, you can use Miro to sync music and video to your phone. It maintains a library by scanning folders, and can even import your current iTunes library on first load. This is a welcome feature, as it eliminates the hassle of re-tagging all your music, in case it wasn't perfect before.

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While Miro doesn't have wireless syncing options like its main alternative, DoubleTwist, features like the ability to convert video into Android-compatible formats and podcast support definitely keep it attractive. I had a chance to play around with the program, and it definitely made syncing music a little easier than managing them in your OS' file explorer; I don't keep nearly enough music on my SD card (or change it often enough) to make Miro a daily use for me, but for people who don't have a secondary music player, this service is likely invaluable.

Miro also allows you to import video feeds via RSS, which makes it an efficient way to keep on top of YouTube (and other) feeds. You can download flash videos instantly (if it's in the compatible format) using the program's search engine, as well.

It features links to the Amazon Music Store, App Store and Google Android Market as part of a built-in browser; this allows for further purchasing in-app, giving you the complete package from within Miro.

Miro is a free download from the company's website, and doesn't require an app installed on your phone to function: just plug it in and go.

Matt Demers
Matt Demers is a Toronto writer that deals primarily in the area of Android, comics and other nerdy pursuits. You can find his work on Twitter and sites across the Internet.

  • David

    I played around with Miro a bit yesterday. I still think MediaMonkey is better, at least for my needs. It syncs perfectly, has full podcast support, and in my opinion, has a better interface for organizing my music. I like that there are a growing number of contenders in this space though.

  • Ralph Coffin

    I downloaded miro 4 and tried to install it on my PC. When I started the
    newly installed miro 4, it tried to convert a database and failed. I could
    find no way around that.

    Worse yet, the miro installation made a wreck of my Internet Explorer
    configuration and I'm having a difficult time trying to restore that to it's
    previous state. I do many operations on my IE. Why on Earth would miro
    presume to be the focus of attention on my Internet Explorer?

  • Andy90

    Installed and running, though am struggling to sync music. Struggling to make the playlists bit work though, the songs transfer to device to miro folder, but no playlists appear :/

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