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Dropbox/Google Drive Based Music Streaming Service With CloudPlayer for Android

Music streaming services are very popular nowadays but many people don’t want to spend $10/ month or more on a streaming service, especially if the service doesn’t have the songs you want.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make your own music streaming service that would stream your own music collection no matter what device you were using?

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Well, there’s no truly decentralized, user-controlled music streaming service yet. But it’s kind of the idea behind doubleTwists’s new CloudPlayer app that’s “launching on Android first” (iOS version should be tagging along soon?).

doubleTwist CloudPlayer lets you hack your own music streaming service that’s currently limited to Android and the storage space you have on Dropbox/Google Drive. You upload your entire music collection to either/both cloud storage services (which can take a couple of hours to a couple of days), then get the Android app, connect respective accounts and let CloudPlayer do its thing. The app will scan your cloud storage, identify songs and sort them in the app. I tried it with a couple of albums and it worked surprisingly well. But it’s yet to be seen how it handles a library filled with 10,000 songs.

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The streaming was almost instant. Just like you’d expect with something like SoundCloud or Spotify. And you can download songs for offline use as well.

Here’s the complete feature list.

  • Supports Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
  • Advanced 10 band equalizer with 17 presets and Preamp
  • SuperSound™: Customize your sound with headphone enhancement, bass boost and widening effects.
  • Support for Lossless file formats such asFLAC and ALAC
  • Support for MP3, AAC, OGG, m4a, wav and more
  • Chromecast and AirPlay support
  • Scrobble to
  • Small and large widget support

You can try the app for 7 days by logging in with your Google account but after that you’ll have to pay $4.99 using IAP to continue using the cloud features. That means after 7 days, the core features of the app will be disabled and the app will turn into just another local music player.

Of course, CloudPlayer is no streaming service killer, even though doubleTwist’s Jon Lech Johansen makes a really compelling argument against Google Play Music.

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