I was recently celebrating the festival of kites, where everyone gathered on rooftops of their houses to fly kites. But then due to a sudden power outage, the speakers went silent. While we were looking for ways to bring back the music, someone started playing songs on his smartphone, but the volume wasn’t loud enough. We then tried to press the play button on all of our smartphones at the same time, hoping hopelessly to amplify the effect!
Music Sync Apps
Thankfully, there are a handful of apps on Play Store that will help you sync and stream music across a number of mobile devices, to amplify the effect. But many of these music syncing apps for Android are either filled with ads or doesn’t work at all. Fret not, we did the hard work for you and found the best apps to turn a few phones into a sound system. Let’s compare and see which one offers the best solution.
1. Group Play for SoundCloud
A lot of people are using SoundCloud to listen to songs. It’s free and you will often find obscure and indie pop songs that are hard to find elsewhere. Group Play for SoundCloud was built to allow users to play songs in sync with the popular music streaming app.
The moment I tried to log in using Facebook, I got an error saying the app is still in “development mode“. But signing in with email works. Within two minutes, I was greeted with 3 pop up video ads, that won’t allow me to search for a song. Finally, I found Freedom from the movie Django Unchained, but before I could send an invite, another ad!
The app is ad-supported and you can upgrade for $0.99. I finally managed to connect to group play, but it didn’t work as expected.
I went back to the Play Store page and found this message:
Bugs and other issues will be present in this application. Instead of rating 1 star please send me your problem regarding app issues and i will do my best to fix them.
Verdict: It only works with SoundCloud so that is something you should keep in mind. During our tests, the app kept showing ads and was a little buggy. Go check it out on your device and see if it works for you or continue reading for better solutions.
Download: Group Play for SoundCloud
Rave is a social music player app that was built on the idea that it’s more fun when you watch or listen to content with your friends. As such, you can use Rave app on Android and iOS to watch and listen to videos on YouTube.
Rave also supports other media streaming web properties like Netflix and cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. A lot of people use cloud storage to save music, so you can now stream this music with your friends to create a speaker system.
Rave also comes with a built-in messaging system so you can chat with your friends, or the DJ, in real time. It comes with audio support which means you can hold a karaoke night, and sing along to the tunes of the song for others to hear.
Rave comes with a contacts section so you can send invites to friends who are not on the platform yet. It also supports Vimeo in case you use that to stream music. We have covered the app in more detail here.
Verdict: Rave is an amazing cross-platform app that will allow you to sync and stream music from YouTube, Vimeo, and cloud storage. If you are using SoundCloud, Spotify or something else, this is not for you.
If all you want is listen to Spotify in sync with your remote friend, then check out JQBX. It not only syncs music like other apps in the list but also has a desktop (Mac) and a web client. So, if your partner is working on their computer while you are out and about, you still be able to connect on the same song.
You can either create a new music room or join an existing one. There is also an option to chat with existing members.
JQBX is free to use but unfortunate, it works with Spotify Premium Account only.
SoundSeeder is one of the best music sync apps. Now that I have got that out of the way, let’s see why you should use it to sync music. SoundSeeder supports Google Play Music, comes with DLNA, UPnP, and HTTP stream support, meaning, you can enter the URL of any song to play it on multiple devices. Soundseeder can also play music from local storage, though, it can’t detect any music available on your external SD card, only the internal.
You can also sync music from your local storage. Note that the app won’t detect any files stored on SD cards.
The Android-only app will allow you to stream music from soundcards and USB devices using the AUX cables. This really opens up a host of possibilities to use the app in new ways.
Instead of Bluetooth, SoundSeeder uses WiFi direct, i.e. it connects both phones via the Android’s portable hotspot feature. Which is why the app will only work when all devices are connected to the same WiFi network and only supports Android.
You can control music, playback, and song selection from the host device without having to touch the other devices. There is a sync button on the top right in case you feel sync is not perfect. The resyncs automatically in the background and you can set its frequency.
The app is ad-supported and will allow you to connect up to 2 devices for a max duration of 15 minutes. The pro version will cost you $4.49 and is totally worth it. The question is, why pay when there is an even better option for free and without ads?
Verdict: SoundSeeder is feature packed, and works exactly as advertised but all your friends must carry an Android mobile if you are planning to use. The design is more utilitarian than intuitive. If you are not a geek, you might have a hard time using the app at first. Not to forget it’s paid.
Download: SoundSeeder for Android
AmpMe shines where SoundSeeder fell short. While it’s not as feature packed as SoundSeeder, it definitely is easy to use and come with neat UI.
To get started, simply download and log in using Google or Facebook account. I suggest using Google because AmpMe also supports YouTube. Next, you can create a party which then your friends and people nearby you can join. Even total strangers can join you in the fun. There is an inbuilt chat feature that will allow you to communicate with the person who is hosting the party. Ask him/her to play your favorite song.
You can play songs from YouTube and Spotify in addition to the local media storage. Between these two services, you will find every song you ever wanted to hear. There is also video support so everyone will watch the same YouTube video that you are watching.
Because social is a big part of AmpMe, you can join parties from around the world and listen to what others are listening to. This is a good way to discover new regional music. You can connect to a nearby Bluetooth speaker to amplify the sound even more.
The app is totally free with no ads to annoy you. Just open the app and start amplifying. It uses a proprietary tech called “server-centric proprietary audio matching technology”. No need for Bluetooth or LAN.
Verdict: AmpMe is clearly the best music sync app for streaming music to multiple devices at the same time. It supports YouTube and Spotify and is available for both iOS and Android platform.
Difference between AmpMe and SoundSeeder
AmpMe and SoundSeeder are the two most popular music syncing apps out there. And on the surface, both look same, but internally they carters to a very different audience.
Both devices can play songs from local storage and popular music streaming service, but SoundSeeder offers a bunch of other nerdy features like DLNA, UPnP, and HTTP stream support.
SoundSeeder is only available on Android devices, AmpMe is also available on iOS.
SoundSeeder works only when all devices are connected to the same WiFi network, AmpMe works on WiFi and Data, both.
The free version of SoundSeeder supports 2 device sync for 15 mins, AmpMe is totally free with no ads.
Overall, AmpMe might look clear winner here but in the end, it all comes down to what you want. In my opinion, SoundSeeder is for geeks or advanced users while AmpMe is more suited for beginners. Whereas, if you are looking to sync YouTube video, Rave would be a better choice.