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The ZumoDrive folks are applying the cloud storage concept to your home computer so you can stream media files right to an Apple iPad or iPhone using ZumoCast. Adaptive transcoding offers optimal playback quality and you can download files for offline enjoyment without a connection.

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The ZumoDrive folks are at it again, but this time, they’re taking the cloud storage to your home computer so you can stream media files right to an Apple iPad using ZumoCast. The new ZumoCast service is a take on my “personal cloud” thought — instead of storing data on a third-party web server, ZumoCast shares the files already on your PC or Mac. You just tell ZumoCast which files or folders you want remote access to and the software does the rest. The company is wise to go after the iPad market since the device makes for a great mobile media player.

DRM-protected files won’t play on an iPad or iPhone using ZumoCast, but that’s about the only major limitation aside from requiring your home computer to be powered on. However, you can sync media files with ZumoCast for offline playback on a mobile device — in that case, the home computer can be sleeping peacefully. The ZumoCast desktop software handles all file-sharing aspects and it supports adaptive transcoding. That means the audio and video quality will adjust on the fly to offer the best experience based on your web connection.

Initially for iPad and iPhone, ZumoCast is planned for additional mobile platforms. That makes sense as ZumoDrive, the cloud storage service, is also supported on Google Android and Palm webOS handsets. The company also says that “video sharing and enhanced music and photo interfaces” are in the works. ZumoCast is in an open beta, so you can sign up to try it. At this time, no pricing has been announced for the media streaming service.

 

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  1. Air Video has been doing this for the iPhone and iPad for some time, and has a much cleaner interface.

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    1. It doesn’t do it over the internet though

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      1. Actually both AirVideo and Stream2me both work over the internet.

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  2. This is the first cloud idea I have seen that has merit and plays into consumers core need to access the content they OWN. The key will be their price point and how hard service providers grumble or will milk users for anything other than home Wifi. It has potential.

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  3. Jason Thrasher Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    The notion that “DRM-protected files won’t play on” X-device, as a limitation of the device, is a weak argument. The buyer of DRM content has implicitly accepted the inherit limitations of that content, therefore it’s a deficiency of the content that the user has accepted, that is limited. Kudos to ZumoCast, I hope they do well.

    Jason

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  4. I use Air Video on my iPad and yes , it’s really Good for transcoding on the fly and totally fluid (WiFi) films and movies from my Windows 7 computer. I see them directly on the iPad without they went out my big hard-drive.

    So Magic !

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  5. ZumoCast’s awesome! Will try it as well. For streaming music I’m using WiFi2HiFi App: http://www.wifi2hifi.com/. It streams audio from PC or Mac to stereo system or sound-dock in crystal-clear stereo quality, with an iOS device acting as a wireless receiver.

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