I was recently celebrating the festival of kites where everyone gathers 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! That’s when I started looking for music sync apps to stream music to multiple devices at the same time. In this article, we’d explore all the music sync apps. Let’s begin.
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 and iOS are either filled with ads or don’t work at all. Fret not because we did the hard work for you and found the best apps to turn a few phones into a sound system.
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 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 that 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 music sync 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 to listen to Spotify in sync with your remote friend, then check out JQBX. It not only syncs music like other apps on 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 can still 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 unfortunately, it works with Spotify Premium account only and no Windows client.
SoundSeeder is one of the best music sync apps for streaming tracks together. 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. What that means is that you can enter the URL of any song to play it on multiple devices. Soundseeder can also play music from local storage, however, it can’t detect any music available on your external SD card, only the internal.
One of the highlights is the ability to sync and stream music on up to 16 devices at once. That’s insane and cool. 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. This is why the app will only work when all devices are connected to the same WiFi network. I wish it supported iOS and web.
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. That resyncs automatically in the background and you can set its frequency.
The app is ad-supported and the free version 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.
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 it. 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 (Android)
AmpMe shines where SoundSeeder falls short. While it’s not as feature-packed as SoundSeeder, it definitely is easy to use and comes 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 are officially a DJ now.
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 popular music sync 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”. That’s a rather long name but no need for Bluetooth or LAN.
Verdict: AmpMe is clearly the best and one of the finest music sync apps for streaming music to multiple devices at the same time. It supports YouTube and Spotify and is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
Chorus is another music sync and streaming app that is completely free with no ads whatsoever. That’s generous on part of the developer. You can connect to other Android phones using a local WiFi network or hotspot and then sync and play the same music at the same time. The app supports gapless playback and you can sync again if things go out of hand.
There is also an automatic sync feature that works in the background so you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Chorus has a beautiful and functional UI that works nicely but occasionally, throws a hiccup here and there. For the most part, it’s an awesome app. Note that the song will restart and play from the beginning when you resync manually. The only drawback is that it works with locally stored files only.
Download Chorus (Android)
6. Vertigo Music
Vertigo is a serious AmpMe competitor. You can create a channel and then broadcast your favorite tracks around the world. Anyone and everyone can join in the fun and listen to what you are listening too in no time. You can easily create a playlist and share upcoming tracks too.
There is a discussion section where you can communicate with the world and take part in discussions pertaining to the music track playing. The best thing about Vertigo Music is that it supports two of the most popular music streaming services namely Spotify and Apple Music and more. Use it to listen to the same track, sync music, and stream it either in the same room or in different corners of the world.
It is completely free with no ads.
Download Vertigo Music (iOS)
Which is the best Music Sync App?
AmpMe and SoundSeeder are the two most popular music syncing and streaming apps out there and have similar features such as playing songs from local storage and popular music streaming services but SoundSeeder is only available on Android devices, whereas AmpMe is also available on iOS. 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. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.