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Summary:

Thanks to Apple’s AirPlay, it’s easier than ever to stream content over Wi-Fi between Apple devices. And Android devices too thanks to Android HiFi, a free mobile app that lets you listen to your iTunes library wirelessly on an Android phone or tablet.

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Using so many mobile devices has caused me to stop syncing and start streaming whenever I can, particularly with music. I don’t want to carry the same audio files on every device nor worry about if I even have them stored locally. And with the limited amount of storage space on some phones and tablets, I’d prefer to use the internal storage for applications. That’s why this new Android app — new to me anyway — found by Pocketables, is a must-have.

Called Android HiFi, the free software uses Apple’s AirPlay technology to pipe audio files from an iOS device or a Mac that supports AirPlay to an Android device. I’m now using this software, for example, to stream songs, albums and playlists from my iTunes library to my new Nexus 7 tablet.

Granted the small speakers on my Android tablet and phones aren’t the best quality, but a pair of headphones solves that problem nicely. And there’s no need for me to sync and carry my iTunes library on my Android devices; at least not when using them on the same Wi-Fi network as my Mac.

It’s not perfect: The app is essentially a server app, so there’s not much to look at and it doesn’t support video. You can’t control music playback either. Still, it works as advertised and extends an iTunes library.

Last year, I looked a similar product, but it was in reverse. DoubleTwist added AirPlay support for Android phones and tablets to pipe audio and video to an Apple TV. I still use DoubleTwist for that purpose and now I’m adding Android HiFi to my bag of streaming media tools as well. It should come in handy to listen to my iTunes music while surfing the web, reading e-books or using other Android apps.

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  2. Unless I am mistaken, Google Music already does this. I have my itunes collection from my Mac on both my Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 7. In addition, you can access it from any other computer that you authorize, via the web.

    1. If you upload your music from iTunes to Google Music then yes, this is another option. Android HiFi doesn’t require the upload of music to any cloud service for local streaming.

  3. Why not just use Google Music?

    1. Kevin C. Tofel ian Tuesday, August 21, 2012

      Certainly an option if you want to upload your iTunes library to Google’s servers. If you have more than 20,000 tracks, you’ll also have to buy storage; this solution uses local storage and is meant for listening to iTunes music on a home network.

  4. Can you get this app for a sony google tv

  5. I haven’t tried it yet (nor have the ability to at the moment) but can this work in reverse?

    I have an Android phone and want to stream to my Klipsch Gallery G-17 speaker. And must it use iTunes or can I just use the phone’s media player (Google Play)?

  6. Will this also allow you to mirror you android tablet thru the Apple TV?

  7. Please define free. I checked it out and there is an app fee associated with Android HiFi.

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