Simplify Media have released an iPhone app to go with their desktop streaming app.
Basically, Simplify Media allows you to stream your music library to your iPhone via wifi or 3G. You do need to download the desktop app and sign up (it just requires a name and email for password retrieval purposes) in order for the service to be enabled, but it’s free, and also allows you to stream to friends using the service, as long as they have your username and you’ve granted permission.
Setup on the Mac is fairly simple – it just requires a username and password, before it starts cataloguing your music library. Depending on how large it is, it may take some time, but it gets there. You can start listening to your music before everything is read, so you don’t have to wait, either. Mine started off with over 700 files accessed, and after about 15 minutes, is up to 6,500.
Streaming is fast – once your iPhone (or iPod touch) makes the connection, you can navigate by artist, album, genre or song, and playback is almost instant. I haven’t noticed any playback errors yet.
What I like about Simplify Media is that as well as allowing you remote access to your entire music library, it displays album art, artist biographies and lyrics, downloaded as you listen. It’s a cool little feature.
Though having to sign up for the Simplify Media service and have a desktop app running to enable streaming may put some off, until Apple enable streaming straight from iTunes itself, this is probably the best option available. The interface is simple to use, it’s quick, and the extra info is a nice touch.
The iPhone app is free for now, but only for the first 100,000 downloads. The desktop software is available from Simplify Media.
(This was originally published on MacTalk.com.au)