The hardest part about music-sharing is trying to do it legally. Since the onset of the Internet, that’s what has continued to be a challenge. iTunes and other music outlets keep making it harder and harder to share without buying songs. The MyStream App for iPhone aims to change all that, to give you an easy way to share your music without the fuss.
MyStream is a device-to-device music broadcasting app which allows the users to stream to others the music they are listening. Imagine the scenario where you are listening to a song and you want to share it with a friend, instead of sharing earphone, MyStream app can stream the music to your friend’s device so both of you can listen to the song together.
Immediately when starting the app, you get a welcome screen telling you how to get started. The first step is to create a User ID. You can also connect to it through your Facebook account. Click on the MyProfile tab in the menu at the bottom and add a picture and join the community as well. You’ll need to add in the genres of the music on your playlist, such as rock, pop, country, etc.
The next step is to set up your playlist. Use the MyPlaylist tab in the menu at the bottom and create your playlist with the music you have on your phone or iPod. What it is missing here is a “Songs” option. Any time you do something iPod-related to either play music or make playlists, there are usually options of adding through artist, album, songs, genre, etc. This includes all that, but not just viewing by “song.” There’s also a “Save” function on it that can be easily missed. If you don’t click Save after adding your music, nothing will be added and you’ll have to go through that process all over again. You also can’t add any music on your device that hasn’t been added via iTunes or something similar. Songs added to your iTunes off a CD won’t work with this app.
If you didn’t do so when you were setting up your profile in the beginning, you need to set the Privacy and Streaming options. If you want others to be able to view your playlist, make sure you leave these options turned on. In the MyStream setup process, this is steps three and four.
After this, you’re ready to listen to other users’ playlists. Going to the Streamers tab in the menu at the bottom will take you to a listing of all the other uses that are signed on. You can either listen to the same thing they’re listening to simultaneously, or you can listen to ninety-second samples of all the songs in their playlist. If you’re with someone who also has an Apple device, they use the same app, and you can listen to music together, but both on your own devices.
Ideally, that’s exactly how it’s designed to work. However, I couldn’t find any other Users other than myself. I did read in the FAQs that if you’re having trouble locating other Users, you can turn off WiFi and turn on Bluetooth. It explained that sometimes public WiFi is protected. I’m in a hotel moving my son into college, so I thought this might be the problem. However, after I turned WiFi off, and turned Bluetooth on, I still showed as the only user. I was only able to listen to my own playlist, something I could do without this app.
Ideally, the most people that use this app, the better the app would become. To be able to listen to others playlists and have choices, you need to have multiple other people signed in at any given time. It’s a great idea, and one that could possibly become very popular, but until it does, the usage of the app is limited.