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MyStream app allows users to share music wirelessly

MyStream on Thursday launched an app that lets iPhone users wirelessly share the music they're listening to with half a dozen or more friends in the same room.

MyStream The free app, created by 23-year-old New York entrepreneur Richard Zelson, is meant to re-create the functionality of a earphone splitter, those $20 doohickeys that plug into a mobile music player and have up to four jacks for other wired earphones, allowing multiple people to listen to the same device.

In MyStream's case, the app uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect multiple iPhones and iPods. Users can create a playlist in the app and begin broadcasting (or in this case, narrowcasting) the songs. Others who have the same app and are nearby can tap into the playlist and listen along. If they like what they're hearing, they can click a "Buy" button, which sends them off to Apple's iTunes store to purchase the song.

Zelson said connecting via Bluetooth, which nearly all cellphones now have, lets up to six listeners share music. A Wi-Fi connection, because it's more robust, allows more people to get into the party -- a dozen or more.

"We've had 12 people on at the same time without any problems," Zelson said. "You can host a silent disco party in your house, if you want."

Sharing may be a virtue on the playground and at parties, but when it comes to digital music, it can easily turn into a dirty word. 

Depending on how the app works in the background, it raises intriguing questions about the legal tripwires within a byzantine network of music copyrights -- along with a phalanx of organizations such as American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Broadcast Music Inc., the Harry Fox Agency, SESAC and SoundExchange, which all zealously collect royalties on behalf of musicians and publishers.

Zelson said he believes his app should not trip any copyright alarms because of some safeguards built into MyStream. It only lets others listen to full songs that are currently being played in real time by the host player. Other songs on the playlist are playable as 30-second samples. Zelson also said the songs are "mapped, not copied" to other players.

Zelson argued that record labels should welcome MyStream because it encourages people to buy the songs after they've listened.

That said, history shows that labels and publishers prefer to be the ones deciding what's kosher. To decide what you think, go here to check out the app.

-- Alex Pham

 
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Excellent app and love the idea of a Silent Disco Party...that could catch on...especially for New Yorkers who have to worry about partying late at night, worried about disturbing the neighbors. No speakers, no central system...nice...and very abstract. Imagine the low cost for a club that wanted to incorporate this hi-tech/cool space for the public. You could unplug and actually have a great conversation in a corner with someone special after a hot dance.

Ha ha ha, what's next?

Here is another great iPhone app that lets you share music between and iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

PairShare.com

PairShare is the first application that allows you to select music on your iOS device and stream it live with a nearby friend's iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using Bluetooth.

Whether it be hiking, biking, at the gym or at the library, PairShare is a great way to enjoy listening to the same music with a friend.

SHARE YOUR MUSIC WITHOUT SHARING YOUR HEADSET

FEATURES
- Share your music or listen to your friend's music wirelessly
- Connect over Bluetooth
- Select a music ShareList for you and your friend to hear
- Auto-play once connected
- View friend's album art, song title, album and artist
- Auto-scan to connect with nearby friends
Coming soon: chat, intercom, share shuffle and more.

PRICE
“Free” version allows playing of one song at a time, with unlimited listening to a friend's stream.
“Unlock Continuous Song Play” with an in app purchase for only $2.99.

REQUIREMENTS
- iPhone (3G or newer), iPod Touch (2nd gen or newer)
- iPad (1st gen or newer)
- iOS 4.1 or later
- Bluetooth enabled
- Other device must have PairShare installed

Hasn't Microsoft's Zune been able to do this for years?

www.Pairshare.com

PairShare was engineered for reliability, practicality and ease of use.

How does it work
Create a music “Sharelist” and stream it to a friend’s iPhone, iPad or iPodTouch. Search for nearby users and request to hear their music or have them listen to yours. View the album art of the music being played. With a swipe of your finger, switch back and forth between listening to your music or theirs. The music sync between devices has been engineered to play in near perfect harmony. If a listener does not like the song being played, either party can click their headset to advance to the next song on the playlist. Bluetooth technology allows for up to 300’ of distance between the devices that are conducting a wireless share session. The auto reconnect feature allows users to go in and out of range wherein the app will reestablish the connection without any manual intervention by the user.

Whether on a hike, on a bike ride, at the gym or at the library, PairShare is a great way to enjoy listening to the same music with a friend.


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