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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(s goog) app — new to me anyway — found by Pocketables, is a must-have.
Called Android HiFi, the free software uses Apple’s AirPlay(s aapl) technology to pipe audio files from an iOS device or a Mac that supports AirPlay to an Android(s goog) 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.