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Aug
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I really like the Sonos system of wireless music servers and speakers. I also can't afford it due to a wretched and unshakeable habit of collecting novelty egg cups. But my job does give me a paper-thin excuse for buying tons of Android devices, and it just so happens that a new app will let me cobble those together to make a vague approximation of a connected music system.

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SoundSeeder is more or less a straight-up copy of Samsung's Group Play, with the obvious addition that you don't need Samsung hardware at either end to use it. Open up the music player on your host device and make sure that all your Android gadgets are connected to the same WiFi network. Then you can stream the audio and track information to phones or tablets running the companion SoundSeeder Speaker app. It takes a little setting up, but once you've got it all connected, you should be able to send audio to any Android device and control playback, volume, and connections via the host device.

Of course, putting all this together to listen through tiny mobile speakers is a bit pointless, so it's best to connect the satellite devices to speakers of some kind. It's also a bit of a downer that you can only listen to music stored locally on the host device through the app itself, so there's no way to stream Google Play Music or Pandora around the house. But for a quick and dirty solution, it's not bad, and the developer seems to be updating quickly. SoundSeeder is free to download in demo mode, but costs just shy of $4 to unlock for unlimited play.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • https://plus.google.com/109766515409503371323/about -benjy

    Hope these guys get their hands on a Chromecast or two.

  • Primalxconvoy

    This might be good to steam stuff from my phone to my ouya. Are there any apps that steam all media from Android to Android?

    • shonangreg

      CheapCast (ChromeCast receiver clone) and BubbleUPnP come to mind. Let us know if they both work.

      I'd also like to be able to stream music to two separate android devices with the left and right stereo channels being split between the two. I'd think the controller would need to be able to increase the lag on either one in order to get the music synced with or without the stereo separation.

  • Elias

    Pranking teachers in class, make all phones play a ringtone together and all students rushing to answer. Also, a nice option to those unexpected get-togethers where everyone has a phone but nobody has a speaker, and also for multiroom sound (just leave your tablet playing on the living room and use your phone as a portable speaker/wireless earbud, or drop an old phone in each room).

  • someone755

    Surround sound, just without all the surround, but with actual surround. :P

  • xxxseiglexxx

    argh... i've been looking for something like this to stream my google music from my phone to my google tv thats hooked to my stereo but, alas, this doesnt stream google music. does anyone know of such an app i can use? i found "music remote" but clicking on settings via my google tv, it force closes :(

    • Jaredsutter

      Use Cheapcast to turn your Google TV into a Chromecast. I haven't tried it and I don't own a GTV, but it *should* work, I think.

      • xxxseiglexxx

        beautiful. i will try this out tonight!

      • xxxseiglexxx

        worked flawlessly. thank you

  • Mark

    Sonos is nothing to shout home about anyway. It seems to have gained the hipster cred, but the hardware and tech is nothing special, neither is the sound quality.

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