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How-To: Streaming Music to Smartphone

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For those of us who are lucky enough to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan, you can use this method to stream any song in your music library to your phone to be listened to with a headset or what have you. This would definitely save some money in terms of memory cards and time in transferring songs all around.

I have written this for Windows Mobile, but anything with a media player and browser should work.

First, you will need to download and install the ORB software (http://www.orb.com/) You will also need to create an account on their site in order to access your library.

After installing, and Orb has started up, open the "Configuration" page. Head over to the "Media" tab and browse to find the media directories for each of the media types (Pictures, Music, Movies..)
For now just worry about Music because that is the focus for this particular guide.
Media Configuration Page:


Once you get the media you wish to stream selected, it's time to get it out there. If the Orb server has already started (green orb logo in the system tray) then right click on the icon and stop it, then start it again. This will update the library contents.

Head on over to the MyCast account you made (http://mycast.orb.com/orb/html/index.html)
Sign in and you should see a page with a whole lot of stuff on it, but most importantly should be showing a few songs as "Randomly Chosen" and will have buttons to link to your media. Feel free to explore around this site- its another great way to access your media and stream to any PC.
Your MyCast home page:



Before we do anything with the phone, first go to "Settings" in the upper right hand corner of the MyCast page. Use the dropdown in the "Settings" box to select "General". In the "Streaming Formats" tab, make sure Windows Media (.asx) is selected. This is assuming you have Windows Media Player compatibility. Otherwise, select something that the player on your phone supports.

After that, just point your phone's browser to the same page you just visited and you should be greeted with a nice mobile version of the page:



Just navigate through the different menus until you find the song you want, then just click on the link for the song or artist or album. It will measure your network speed and then open up Windows Media Player (or your phone's player) and begin to buffer and then stream.



Notice that my signal strength was at zero bars so my connection was rather slow. However with a decent signal this system proves to be quite responsive and allows you to carry around more music than a microSD card can hold.

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions. I am trying to find all the great things about Windows Mobile, so this is sort of the first in a line of cool WM programs.
Hopefully someone will find a lot of enjoyment in Orb and streaming music!
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That is really awesome. I wish I had an unlimited data plan so I could access that. I just broke down and bought a 2 GB Micro SD card.
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very nice

may i also add that iphone users can do stream music from their computers using simplify media (app and program) i use it and it works very well even over edge plus it gives you similar controls as the native ipod app. and it can also be used with the ipod touch over wifi.
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First try,first share.
If you are Mac users,try Best Mac DVD Creator Software, you will enjoy the convenience and high-speed.
Best DVD Ripper Software is an another wonderful software when you need rip DVD.
Have a try you will like it.
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