Orb is great for streaming tunes from a PC to a handset, but it doesn’t natively support music purchased from iTunes and you can’t run it on an iPhone or Touch unless it’s jailbroken. Enter Simplify Media, which supports music streaming from either a PC, a Mac or Linux box to your Apple handheld. The host application is free and if you hurry, you can grab the corresponding iTunes / Touch version for free from the AppStore; after 100,000 downloads, the software will cost you $3.99.
Simplify Media for iPhone works over WiFi, 3G or EDGE and doesn’t just stream your protected and non-DRM’d tunes; it also lets you share that music with up to 30 friends. I doubt I’ll use that feature because I don’t want to subject anyone to my eclectic mix ranging from New Age to Country. I just grabbed the free application because my 8 GB iPhone was loaded to capacity with music as my home collection continues to grow. My approach to music management just became much simpler: if this works as expected I’ll add around 4 GB of the music I want with me all the time and save the rest for streaming as needed. Note: the FAQs indication that Simplify Media won’t work for DRM protected WMA files, vorbis, WAV and FLAC files.