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A few months ago we told you about a nifty music streaming app called SoundSeeder, which lets you stream audio directly from one Android device to another over WiFi. At the time I mentioned that it was a cool idea, but the fact that it didn't allow users to stream Google Music songs over the connection was a bit of a let down. Developer JekApps took my complaint under advisement, and let us know that there's a new version that enables Google Play Music streaming after all. Full marks for ingenuity!

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They've achieved this by spoofing the music server app as a Chromecast. So, set up your music server device with both SoundSeeder and Google Play Music, then enable Google Play Music Mode in the settings menu and enable it on the main screen. Install the SoundSeeder speaker app on one or more receiving devices on the same WiFi network, preferably plugged in to some kind of external speaker. Now you can play music in Google Play on the server device and "cast" it to the server app, which then broadcasts the streaming audio to the SoundSeeder speaker apps on the other phones. With a little setup and tinkering, you've got a cobbled-together home streaming setup with access to Google Play Music All Access.

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SoundSeeder Speaker, streaming the Google Play Music track from my Nexus 5.

You can see the various components of this setup working on my own devices in these screenshots. Though it sounds a little daunting, the process itself is not that difficult, and it's surprisingly effective once everything's up and running. You can try out both the server and the speaker apps in a time-limited demo mode, and the full version of SoundSeeder is a reasonable $3.89 via in-app purchase.

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.
  • ddh819

    missed this the last time it was posted

  • kevin

    Is this better than a Bluetooth speaker setup?

    • ddpacino

      This I have to know. Thinking about investing in Sonos for the Home as well.

  • Cat Astrophy

    Not sure I understand. What android device has better speakers than just the phone or tablet? Why would this ever make sense phone-to-phone or phone-to-tablet? I would just connect to Google Music or whatever from that device.

    • Pan Tau

      You can connect one or even multiple devices as wireless speakers. To connect them to your sound system or to listen to music with friends (like group play).

    • Anthony James

      and the full version of SoundSeeder is a reasonable $3.89 via in-app purchase.

  • Dennis

    Would multiple phones be able to connect to the same say....tablet? so all of my friends would be able to pick their own songs for some sort of que then play through the tablet, (that is plugged into a sound system.)

  • Sir Charles

    SoundSeeder Music Player ="PLEASE NOTE: SoundSeeder is not yet compatible to Android 4.4!", directly from the play store link

  • Ivan Martinez

    Sadly, I'm sure the ChromeCast spoof will get shut down server side. They really need to open up the Google Music APIs.

  • Anthony James

    You can try out both the server and the speaker apps in a time-limited demo mode,

  • WHO?

    I only use spotify. If it could do spotify I would be all over it.

  • Primalxconvoy

    They should make an official version for ouya. I use the free version for my phone and my ouya and it works but it's in portrait mode.

    Also the playback is limited to one song and the volume doesn't always work. I she to use my speakers' physical volume instead as the so only send to support "sound on/off" as its volume settings.

  • dave birney

    'on the dubliners!