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Top 5 Music Streaming Services for iOS

In today’s day and age, everything is moving over the air to the cloud. With this, everyone is able to access their data wirelessly through the cloud. Streaming music is one of the most popular uses of cloud data storage and with the power of smartphones in almost everybody’s pockets these days, it’s now easier than ever. This article will give you the low-down of which applications on iOS devices are the cream of the crop as far as music streaming goes, in no particular order.

  1. Tonido (free) 

Tonido is a fantastic application available for both the iPhone and iPad. What’s especially attractive about this application is the ability to run your own personal cloud server from which you can stream your music from. This allows you to stream exactly the songs you know and love directly from your own personal cloud. Simply install the companion server application on your computer and your iOS device will immediately load all of your data, whether it’s documents, images, or music. Another great feature of this application is the ability to select the bitrate of the music you’re streaming. If you’re low on data, you can choose to stream a lower bitrate. On the other hand, if you have unlimited data, you can freely stream at 320 kbps without a hassle. Most other music streaming applications generally are restricted to 128 or 256kbps, so this feature is a welcome addition to Tonido. The application is currently free in the iOS App Store.

2. iTunes Radio (free)

iTunes Radio is Apple’s own brainchild. It’s baked directly into the music application on both the iPhone and iPad. Users simply enter a song that they enjoy which will basically create an internet radio station with music similar to the song you chose. It also streams music at the higher quality bitrate of 256 kbps which is great. However, it doesn’t allow users to listen to specifically their song of choice. To do that, they require you to purchase the full song and then download it via the store.

 3. Pandora (free)

What’s a top music streaming application list without Pandora, right? This is basically the app that started it all. Apple created their iTunes Radio to combat Pandora’s music streaming service. Like iTunes Radio, users simply create a station with a song they enjoy and the application will play music similar to the one they entered. However, there are two minor downsides to the application. The first is the pesky ads that display every few songs. Another downside is the limited amount of skips per radio station. Nonetheless, Pandora remains an excellent application to stream music through.

4. Spotify (free)

Spotify is a music streaming application that combines the highlights of Tonido and Pandora. While you can select which songs you want to listen to, it’s ad-supported. Of course, you can get rid of the ads by opting to pay a small monthly fee. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a power user, as the application allows you to also download the songs for offline use. You can also use the application on your computer to create playlists which you can listen to on your iOS device, which is quite handy.

5. Rdio (paid subscription)

 Lastly, Rdio is an excellent streaming service for iOS with one major caveat, its monthly subscription fee of $10. However, it features a gorgeous user interface and a vast music library from which to select from, with no ads whatsoever. Also, you can access this service from your computer with these premium features available on that platform as well. Also, you can select the bitrate to stream the music in, which is useful for those with limited data plans. Therefore, this application is great for power users who stream their music from multiple devices rather than just their smartphone.

Overall, these are the best five music-streaming applications for the iOS mobile platform, not in any specific order. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below.

Tonido introduces Automatic Media Indexing in upcoming 4.x

Even though it took longer, we wanted to do it right the first time. So here’s the next generation of Tonido software coming soon to Windows, Mac, Linux and the Plug with full automatic media indexing.

Here’s a sneak peek on the iOS app that will be released soon.

Android App – Music player improvements

For past couple of months, we have been working on improving performance of music player in our Android app. We faced many hurdles due to the limitations in underlying Android native player. In the latest version of the app (v39), for Android phones above Android 2.3.3, we have improved the streaming (mainly mp3) , mainly time to buffer and latency between two songs. This would also eliminate internment skips that some users faced while streaming music. Consider this update as one of many coming updates to improve user experience in music streaming.

Announcing Renewed Android App

We are excited to announce an updated Android app with many new features, focused mainly on providing superior user experience. Here are the highlights in this release:

  • Introduced tabs to navigate easily between pages
  • Saves multiple account/passwords
  • Can play music in the background
  • Option to share files (webshare links) via Facebook
  • Improved photo gallery view
  • Thumbnail view to simplify uploading
  • Importantly, UI changes optimized for Tablets (incl Kindle)

Tabs to navigate easily between pages

In this new version, we have introduced tabs that would help you navigate easily between remote file, favorites, local files, music, status pages without losing state in a page.

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Music Player Page

Saves multiple account/password

App saves account/passwords as you switch between multiple accounts. You can manage the saved accounts by clicking on “saved logins” in the login screen. BTW, you can even save guest account/passwords.

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Manage Saved Accounts

Play Music in the background

You can play music in the background, while you move to other pages or even other applications. When you want to get back to Tonido, you can use the icon on notification bar to get to Tonido app.

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Share files (webshare links) via Facebook

In addition to regular actions that you can perform on a file or folder, you can post a file or folder to Facebook. When you click on the action icon or long click on a file, ‘Share via Facebook’ option appears. Once selected, the app will create a webshare link to the file and share the link in Facebook.

Share Via Facebook

Facebook Comments

Post on Facebook

Improved gallery view

By selecting the “Image Gallery” in the menu, you can view the photos in your remote PC or device in a grid view. Clicking on any picture would open an image, and you can navigate to other pictures in the gallery by swipe gesture. A long click on the picture will open file actions menu.

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Thumbnail view to simplify uploading

When you want to upload files from your phone, you have an option to navigate local files either in regular file explorer mode or in a  new  grid mode. The grid view is very useful when you are uploading photos from the phone. You can directly select the thumbnails to be uploaded(the background color changes if picture is selected), which makes it easier to upload right photos.

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UI optimized for Tablets (incl Kindle)

We have optimized the UI to take advantage of larger screen in tablets. We have optimized UI for Kindle as well, we will be releasing a new version for Kindle soon.

Feel free to send us your feedback our way as it helps us continuously improve the app.  You could also visit our Tonido on Mobile Forums to discuss any issues.

Please post your comments and ratings in Android Market Place.

New Tonido for Blackberry Release 6.0

We are happy to release the new version 6.0 of Blackberry. Version 6.0 can be downloaded from the Blackberry Appstore. The long awaited music play supported is added to this release.

Music Player Support:

You can now hear music stored on your hard drive through Tonido running on your personal computer or TonidoPlug. Currently the following file types are supported mp3, wav, wma, m4a, ogg, flac.  You will require Blackberry OS version 5.0 and above to enjoy this feature.  You can use Blackberry desktop manager to update your Blackberry smartphone OS to 5.0.

For better user experience, depending on the connection type and bandwidth the compression quality and bitrate are automatically set. Sit back and enjoy.

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All this functionality is provided free of course without any sort of catch. No Ads, No “use X times a month”, No fee and No Gimmicks.

We, however, do ask you to add reviews and ratings to the Appstore and let us know your feedback on how we can improve the app via our Forums.

It would also help if you spread the word!

Tonido JukeBox Vs Jinzora: Installation and Configuration

Listening to music online is not a new concept to many internet users. However this habit has evolved more into listening to your own music collection online. With hardware prices getting dirt cheap and more users switching to faster internet connections (switching from dialup to cable/DSL), running your own personal radio station is fancier than ever.

In this article, we will take a look at the installation and configuration of two such software that lets user to run their own internet radio station.
(1) Tonido Jukebox – An application plugin from CodeLathe that runs on tonido platform.
(2) Jinzora – A PHP based web application that runs on LAMP stack.

Before proceeding with the installation let us look at the comparison of each of the above.

Tonido Jukebox

  • Setup very trivial.
  • Supported for different OS without any additional software stack.
  • Very Low memory footprint. (about 10M for music collection with 50 songs)
  • No need of separate Dynamic DNS (DDNS) setup.
  • Automatic UPnP port forwarding available if supported by users router.
  • Simplified user interface.

Jinzora

  • Setup is more involved.
  • Additional software stack (such as LAMP, WAMP, MAMP) will be needed depending on the target OS.
  • More memory footprint.  (about 50M for music collection with 50 songs)
  • Needs registration with a DDNS provider if a URL access is needed.
  • Automatic UPnP not available
  • Complicated user interface.

Let us look at the steps involved in installing the above two on a windows platform.

Installation of Tonido Jukebox

Tonido Jukebox is an addon plugin for tonido platform. Jukebox is bundled with the default Tonido installation along with few more other applications. Tonido also has the advantage of automatic dynamic dns (DDNS), so accessing your Jukebox with a URL is possible without any extra DDNS configuration.
1)  Download the latest Tonido from http://www.tonido.com/ . Click the downloaded file to run the setup.

2)  In the windows security warning window, Click “Run” to run the setup.
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3) In the Tonido setup welcome screen, click “Next”.
Welcome Screen - Tonido Install

4) In the next screen, keep the default start menu folder. Click “Next”.Tonido Install - Folder

5) In the next screen, keep the defaults. Click “Next” to start the installation.Tonido Install - Shortcut selection

6) After installation, click “Finish” to conclude the installation and launch tonido.
Tonido Setup - Launch

7) Tonido UI opens in a browser window. Click on “Create Profile” to create a new user id.
Tonido Installation - Select Profile (Empty)

8) Create a new user id by entering all the information and click on “Create”.
Tonido Install - Create Profile

9) A new user id is created in your Tonido. This instance of Tonido is completly local to your PC and no information is stored in any thirdparty servers. Login to the account by entering the password and clicking “Login”.
Tonido Install - Login Profile

10) In Tonido administration screen, click on Jukebox from the application list on the left navigation panel.Tonido Application List

11) When Tonido Jukebox starts for the first time, it prompts the user to add MP3 song collection. Enter the path to your MP3 collection and click “Add”. Jukebox - Add new collection12) Finally Jukebox is up and running. All the necessary configurations are completed and ready for access from anywhere.

Tonido Jukebox

13) Tonido Jukebox is already configured for dynamic dns (DDNS). So now you can access Jukebox anywhere on the internet by using the URL (http://tuxan.tonidoid.com:10001/ui/jukebox/index.html), assuming tuxan is the user id and port forwarding is enabled. Goto www.tonido.com/support for more information on port forwarding.

Installation of Jinzora

Jinzora is a PHP based streaming application that works on top of a LAMP stack.  So the steps include LAMP stack setup and then the Jinzora setup.
1) Download the latest LAMP stack from here. Click on the installer to start the installation. Click “Run” at the windows security warning window.
Lamp - Security Warning

2) Click “Yes” on the setup warning window.
WAMP - Install warning

3) Click “Next” on the welcome screen.
WAMP - welcome

4) In the next window, select “I accept the agreement” and click “Next”.
LAMP - License

5) In the next window, do not change the default path and click “Next”.
LAMP - Folder Selection

6) In the next window, select the shortcuts options that needs to be created. Click “Next”.
LAMP - Shortcuts

7) Enter the SMTP server information if you have one. If not keep the defaults. Click “Next”.LAMP - Email

8) When the installation is completed, click “Finish” to close the launcher.
LAMP - Summary9) Before proceeding with the Jinzora installation, the MySQL database user (root) should be assigned with a password.
Open URL(http://localhost/phpmyadmin/)  on a web browser. Click on privileges. Edit root user and set a password.
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10) After setting a password for root MySQL user, php admin application won’t be able to access MySQL database.
Edit the config file(Default : C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin3.1.3\config.inc.php).
Change the line from,
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘password’] = ”;
to
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘password’] = ‘password’;
Save the file and restart all servers from the windows system tray. Click on the WAMP icon and select “Restart All Services”.
WAMP - Restart services

11) Now its time to install Jinzora. Download the latest Jinzora installation from here. Open the zip file and copy the contents of the zip to apache web directory. (Default C:\wamp\www). After copying the contents the folder should look as follows.

Apache - Web Folder
12) Open a browser window and go to the URL (http://localhost/jinzora2/).
You will be greeted with the Jinzora welcome screen. Click “Proceed to Requirements” to move to the next screen.
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13) Jinzora will check for the requirements and will show the results. If nothing major is found missing click on “Proceed to License”.
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14) In the license screen, select “I Agree to the license terms” and click on “Proceed to Install Type”.
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15) In the installation type screen, select “Standalone” as the installation type. In the Jukebox mode, select “Streaming Only” as the mode.
Click on the “Proceed to Main Settings”.
Note:
Streaming Mode : Music will be streamed to the remote client and the music is played at the client side.
Jukebox Mode: Music will be played at the server side.
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15) In the main settings screen, enter user, password and theme details for the Jinzora webpages. Click on “Proceed to Backend Setup”.
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16) In the backend settings screen, enter the password details for the MySQL root user. Select “True” for the option “Create Database”. Click on “Continue with Backend Install”
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17) In the backend creation summary screen, the setup summary will be displayed. Click on “Proceed to Import Media”.
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18) In the import media screen, enter the path of the music collection and click “Import Media”. After the import is done, click on “Proceed to Save Config”.
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19) In the save config screen, config change results will be displayed. Click on “Proceed to Launch Jinzora”.
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20) Jinzora frontend opens in the web browser. Jinzora can also be opened using the URL(http://localhost/jinzora2/index.php) from a web browser.
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21) When the web page is opened, a login prompt will be displayed. Before proceeding with the login delete the install directory under the Jinzora web directory.
(Default : C:\wamp\www\jinzora2\install).

22) Now in the browser window enter login id and password (admin/xxxx) to login to Jinzora.

23) Now that you have Jinzora up and running, next step is to configure access to Jinzora from anywhere on internet. Unlike Tonido Jukebox, Jinzora doesn’t support Dynamic DNS (DDNS) automatically. DDNS for Jinzora can be setup following the instructions here.