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When AudioGalaxy comes to mind, I think of the music download service from back in the day that was anything but legit. Of course, the service did turn itself around and get on the right side of the law after a bit, and has since become a fairly popular music streaming service with internet radio. Looks like the AG days are quickly coming to an end, though, as the company was just purchased by Dropbox.

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According to a blog post on the AudioGalaxy site, the company is no longer accepting new users, and current users will only be able to use the streaming features until some time next year. This, of course, basically means that DropBox will be shutting the service down.

Perhaps we'll see AG emerge from the ashes as part of Dropbox - it's hard to say for sure, as both companies are being coy about future plans. Only time will tell, but I, for one, am pretty excited at the prospects of streaming media becoming part of the cloud storage service I can't live without. I just hope Dropbox elects a better interface than the existing AG app.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Sqube

    This could be interesting or irritating. We'll see.

    • Paul_Werner

      I'll vote irritating. I thing AG is going to totally change for the worst. Just how I'm reading it anyway. It's my favorite music app too which sucks

  • Billy Kent

    i love audiogalaxy, been using it exclusively since it came out. no reason to sync anything with this app.

  • Allan Mosher

    Wow, I don't know much about AG, but I can picture a special folder in dropbox that gives you the Google Music cloud playing functionality via the web and/or a mobile app. I still feel like someone has to combine the best parts of Google Music (cloud streaming/playing your own physical music files from anywhere), Spotify (essentially renting a music collection but might not have EVERYthing you could otherwise purchase), and Pandora (still my favorite internet radio solution), maybe dropbox will take a swing at that. here's to something new anyway!

    • Spencer Hedrick

      Considering how Dropbox is great for 3rd party apps it should be so much better than Google Music. I really wish they would just release an official API so others could make apps to use it.

  • Guest

    What happened to the comment I just left? I don't see it so I'm posting again, forgive me if it dupes:

    Wow, I don't know much about AG, but I can picture a special folder in dropbox that gives you streaming from the web or mobile app. Hopefully ability to add multiple watch folders on the desktop app so we don't have to move our whole music collections though, lol. Still waiting for someone to make the best combination of google music, spotify and pandora, maybe dropbox will take a crack at it! anyway, here's to something new!

  • Oliver Petruzel

    I'll be quite bitter if the client/server functionality goes away. I have absolutely ZERO interest in uploading my collection to "the cloud" when it currently works perfectly fine on my own private FIOS connection.

    The fact that they're no longer accepting new users doesn't bode well... :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      There are other services that do the same thing as AG, like Subsonic, for example.

      • Floss

        While AG acted as a direct portal, Subsonic requires you to setup your own port forwarding. Makes it no less useful but more out of reach for people who don't know how to run a basic server setup.

  • Jamie

    Dropbox got to keep up with rivals who integrating there stores and or adding media player functions!

    Ahead of an Google Drive hub with the needs to allow access to Google+ Photos and picasa in an file manager way. So with Google Play "My xyz" -mainly Magazines and Music!

  • Nicholas Semrau

    Awww, this is a bummer. I love having streaming access to my music files (100+ GB). Looks like it's time to give Subsonic a try.

  • QwietStorm

    I used to live through audiogalaxy in my dorm room years ago. Was way better than Napster ever was. I didn't even know they were still around.

  • hollywoodfrodo

    So bummed! AG has been one of the most amazing apps. It streams flawlessly - always had even on 3g when other giants like Amazon and Google Music stumbled. I'm not big on streaming from "the cloud". It was great to be able to stream my entire collection from my home PC especially because it's a HUGE collection and none of the cloud services offer enough memory for free.

    I guess all I can say is Congrats to the AG team. They probably made a lot of money and shows it pays off to make a great app even if you don't make a lot of money up front...

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