SoundWire (free version)

SoundWire (free version)

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SoundWire lets you send any music or audio ("what you hear now") from your Windows or Linux PC to your Android mobile devices. Use it as:
- A wireless extension of your PC-based music or home theatre system
- A remote speaker or wireless headphones
- A way to listen to music and movies from your computer anywhere in your house or out on your deck.

This is not just another file streaming app... you can use any music player on your PC or laptop like Grooveshark, Spotify, YouTube, or iTunes and feed the live sound directly to your Android device. SoundWire lets you listen to the free versions of Grooveshark and Spotify on your phone.

SoundWire has low latency (audio delay), which means it can even be used to listen to the soundtrack of a movie or YouTube video while you watch (**Note you must adjust the buffer size in app settings for low latency). There are other uses too... SoundWire can work as a baby monitor or listening device with a computer such as a netbook that has a built-in microphone. Hook up turntables to your computer's line input and stream a live DJ set to another part of the house over WiFi, or anywhere else over 3G/4G.

Before using SoundWire on your Android device you must install and run the SoundWire Server application on the Windows/Linux PC or laptop which is your source of music, web audio streaming, or other sounds. Raspberry Pi is also supported. Download the server at http://georgielabs.net (do NOT obtain the server from any other web site).

Features
- Live audio capture and streaming
- Excellent sound quality (44.1 / 48 kHz stereo 16-bit, PCM or Opus compression)
- True low latency (unlike AirPlay, Airfoil)
- Easy to use
- Compression option greatly reduces network usage
- Stream music from PC to PC running x86 virtualized app (Linux/Windows)
- Save everything you hear to a file (MP3 or WAV)

For more information see the getting started guide at http://georgielabs.net/SoundWireHelp.html
** New section on achieving lowest latency using Android native audio.

If you have any problems please see the troubleshooting tips at the above link. For example if you get choppy audio try restarting your wireless router, then try the other troubleshooting suggestions in the guide. The most common reason for connection problems is incorrect firewall settings at the PC or router. Please contact support at soundwire@georgielabs.net before giving a low rating because of trouble connecting or some other setup problem.

The free version of the application identifies itself by voice every 45 minutes and displays ads. There is a 10 minute compression trial in the free version. The full version enables unlimited Opus audio compression, can handle multiple clients (up to 10 connections), and has no ads or voice identification. It also has a special Pro Mode to set and display buffer latency precisely in milliseconds. Please consider purchasing the full version of SoundWire if you'd like to support the developer.

You may want to use a remote control app together with SoundWire. Some good choices include: Grooveshark Remote, Spotimote (Spotify remote), Remote for iTunes, Android VNC, Unified Remote.

Please rate the app and comment on Google Play to let us know what you think of SoundWire. If you have a question or bug report send email to soundwire@georgielabs.net. If reporting a problem please give your phone's Android version and make/model.

Permissions
- Network communication: Communicates with the server program on your PC.
- Phone calls: Mutes audio when you receive or make a call. Without this permission music would continue to play, interfering with your call.
- Prevent phone from sleeping: Keeps app running while connected (playing music) or attempting to connect. May be disabled in settings.

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Recently changed in this version

-Added support for native audio (OpenSL ES) on Android 2.3+ devices, including low-latency audio support for Android 4.2+ devices which support it.
-Added settings option to select native audio.
-Low buffer sizes (8k/40ms) now possible on every Android 2.3+ phone.
-Now automatically reconnects if needed on settings changes (with settings option to disable).
-Removed "Reliable communication" settings option, not useful, now always "on".


Comments and ratings for SoundWire (free version)
  • (66 stars)

    by Play Max on 19/08/2014

    Saved my day when my laptop speakers were gone

  • (66 stars)

    by Russell Meier on 18/08/2014

    great for listening to your computer from a distance.

  • (66 stars)

    by Itamar Marom on 16/08/2014

    Solved my problem in a second.

  • (66 stars)

    by Saiful Juhanas Muhd Jeffry on 15/08/2014

    server file corrupt

  • (66 stars)

    by Matthew Wallace on 13/08/2014

    Works, but not very consistently.

  • (66 stars)

    by Akien MacIain on 12/08/2014

    I really love this idea, but the sound quality just wasn't there. I was hoping to use it for an entertainment system, and on the big speakers it sounded like AM radio. And while it's low latency, it's not no-latency. Wouldn't really work for a video stream. Cool idea tho.

  • (66 stars)

    by Luv Dalvi on 11/08/2014

    Nice app.....start using it guys