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broadcast music androidI love it when MakeUseOf readers suggest new apps and programs to me. With every article I write, I’m just waiting for all of those comments that point me in new directions and expand my own library of cool software. That’s how I stumbled across this cool new Android app that will surely come in handy at future parties – Music Pool.

For those of you that don’t know (which is probably 99% of you since this app is so new and hidden), Music Pool is an app that lets you sync up your Android device with other Android devices nearby, using those devices as extra speakers to amplify your music. Instead of having a flat song playing from just your phone, you can play it simultaneously from multiple phones in order to create a surround sound experience.

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? I was a bit skeptical at first, but having taken a closer look at the app, I’m surprised at its design and how well it works.

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The very first impression that I got was… unimpressed. The aesthetics for Music Pool are absolutely horrendous: it’s just two big buttons with a bunch of text beneath it. And what about that color scheme? It’d be hard to intentionally make it worse. However, beneath all of that ugliness, Music Pool is a fine app indeed.

The yellow text is a simple text box that gives instructions on how to use the app. Fair enough. The green text is your current “Nickname” which is something that’ll come in handy later on. Otherwise, Music Pool is split into two functions: Playing and Listening.

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In any group of Music Pool devices, one should be the Player while the rest should be Listeners. The Listeners will sync with the Player and play the audio in unison.

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So what sort of audio can a Player play? Anything that’s available on your device, pretty much.

The playback for Music Pool is called the Music Chooser. With it, you can toggle various albums, artists, songs, and playlists that are already on your device. Once you’re satisfied with your selections, you can hit Play Music to start streaming your music Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service? Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service? Online radio is picking up steam now that there’s a good bit of competition driving the technology. You might be familiar with services like Pandora and Spotify, but now that you can stream music on-the-go... Read More as a Player.

If we’re to be honest, the music playback control is a bit rusty. However, we should keep in mind that Music Pool is quite young and still has a lot of development ahead (as long as the creator keeps up with it). But even if it isn’t the most feature-perfect playback app, it’s usable enough that I don’t have any dealbreaking complaints.

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Remember how I mentioned “Nicknames” back on the main Music Pool screen? That nickname is how a Listener can find and connect with a Player. If a Listener knows the nickname of a Player, then they can directly connect while the Player is active. Simple enough, right?

But Music Pool has another option that uses a map to locate Players nearby. Fat chance that you’ll coincidentally find another Player currently running (since this app remains an unknown), but if you do, you can use the map feature to connect to them and sync up with their audio.

In terms of ease-of-use, Music Pool gets it right. Nickname connection is smart and it gets the job done quick.

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Lastly, Music Pool is sparse when it comes to customization. If you want to change your Player nickname to something more memorable or easier to type, you can do that here. You can also toggle the map feature for finding other Players.

The other two options in the settings menu weren’t very useful and I found no difference while using them. Perhaps in the future we’ll see a lot more features and preferences to play around with.

And that’s about it. I’ve never encountered another app like Music Pool, so as far as I know, it’s the first of its class. It’s a very cool concept, too – especially useful when you want to pump some music with your friends but no one has a portable sound system How To Connect Your Android Phone To Your Car Audio System How To Connect Your Android Phone To Your Car Audio System Most of us enjoy music while we’re driving, but often radio doesn’t play the right tunes. At one time the obvious choice would have been a CD, but of course these scratch easily. Fortunately mobile... Read More . Give it a try and let us know how it goes!

  1. Lina
    August 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for one more cool streaming app! I use MyAudioStream which allows streaming, playing, sharing audio files to any DLNA/UpnP compatible devices. Just ensure that they are in the same network. Also I like that you can save the file on the device and then listen whenever you want.

  2. Mark
    April 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Oh, I'd prefer it be done via WiFi, as where I want to stream from is often outside and 150' or more from the playback device...

  3. Mark
    April 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I'm looking for a way to stream music from my smartphone to several playback devices in and around the home 'simultaneously'.... Id' probably have to buy a cheap used cell phone or laptop to receive the music and output it to the stereos and what not....

    Could this app be used to do this for me?

  4. music pool
    March 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks Joel for the review, you ruined my interface... but well... you are right :)
    I really wish to improve my app and I will do for sure, I only need more "free" time.

    Thanks to all for hints very valuable that I for sure will take in consideration!

    • Ayotunde
      June 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Joel/Music Pool,
      Over what interface is the music actually transmitted? Is it Bluetooth or WiFi? Just need to be sure it is not using the costly GSM bandwidth (thought most unlikely).

      • music pool
        June 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        Music Pool needs internet connection so I suggest you to connect via wifi otherwise mobile data plan will be used. I hope to develop the inrernetless version on September. Cheers

  5. null
    March 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This is a good start the idea is great and I can see a lot of ways to build on it.
    An option for a live input would be useful for large events where the PA system is not enough, Having an option to share the audio from a game or voice chat would be great. If it could also link to the video stream from a device camera it would be a powerful tool in an office where seating is limited for an important presentation.

    • Joel Lee
      March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Very nice ideas. This sort of concept really has the potential to transform any situation where a large speaker system is needed. Like you said, distributed PA systems would be AWESOME. Perhaps at a concert?

  6. Garris Rago
    March 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Haha used this earlier, I LOVE IT!
    Thankyou! I think MUO should do a review/tutorial article on AllShare app for Samsung Smart TV which lets you wirelessly stream files like photos or videos to and from your samsung tv, samsung phone, samsung tablet, any computer, i think iOS devices. But it is SO BUGGY but there's not any alternatives to my knowledge

    • Joel Lee
      March 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Glad you liked Music Pool. It really is awesome! No promises on the AllShare review but I'll keep it in the back of my mind. Thanks!

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