Using your Android phone as a remote control is nothing new. We have already discussed how to remote control VLC and iTunes right from your smart handset. What about a different kind of remote control, like remote controlling the streaming of music from one device to another?
2Player is an Android music player with integrated support for devices on your home network. It allows you to play your computer’s music collection on your phone; play from your phone onto your DLNA television; or even directly from your Windows 7 computer to your XBOX 360.
Unlike other music streaming software that require you to upload your music files to the cloud, 2Player works directly using the DLNA network protocol to move music from your media server devices, onto your media renderers, wherever they may be. While it may sound complicated, it is surprisingly easy to use.
Install the 2Player app from the market (market link)
Launch the 2Player app. You should see the following interface.
The top dropdown is where you select the music source (play from) while the bottom dropdown bar represents the target (play to). If there are no DLNA or UPNP network devices available, you can only choose the local device.
When “local device” are chosen for both the source and target, the app will become a local music player.
The magic happens when you have network devices connected. You will be able to choose from the different devices and stream music from one to another. For example, you can stream the music from the computer in your room to the PS3 in your living room, or just play the music from your Android device to your Home stereo system.
2Player is free to download/use. However it is licensed under the “Good Karma License”.
The Good Karma License is based on the following premise: that human beings are – more often than not- decent.
Here’s the deal: I won’t mine your personal data, expose you to literally thousands of ads for things you don’t want, or try to trick you into downloading a “free” application that is nothing but an elaborate ruse to make you pay for the “Pro” version. Instead, I’m going to give you a fully functional trial version of the software, for you to use as you see fit. In exchange, I expect you to pay for a license if you like and use my program.
It’s a simple proposition. I trust you to do the right thing, and hopefully, we all end up a little better off as a result.
The developer has certainly made it easy for anyone to use the app. The “Good Karma License” will cost you US$2.91. You have got the fully functional app in your device, it is really your call whether you want to buy the license.
I would. Would you?
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