Miro

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 196 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    346,625
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    275.39KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    160
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #42 in Media Players

Editors' Review

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Providing one-stop shopping for all your video and audio management desires, open-source and cross-platform Miro deserves much of the praise that's been heaped upon it. The latest major point to version 4 introduces strong support for importing iTunes libraries and Android device syncing, in effect attempting to become iTunes for Android. Somewhat remarkably, it does a good job at this challenging task.

The concept behind Miro is brilliant, yet simple: create a jukebox video and audio player that can subscribe to and download podcasts while managing your locally saved media. On the face of it, this might sound like iTunes, but the sharing component is an essential aspect of the program. The new version now heavily resembles iTunes, with a left nav area for navigating between your audio, video, and connected devices, the Amazon MP3 store and Appstore for Android, and Google's Android Market. New to version 4 is a right nav area that links to recently watched videos, recently played songs, and recent downloads, while the center of the program is where your media discovery and playback happen. Playback controls are on the bottom.

The new Android syncing worked smoothly and ought to feel comfortable to anybody familiar with iTunes syncing--although, notably, it came without the iTunes headaches. Importing more than 10,000 tracks went quickly because Miro recognizes iTunes and Windows Media Player media libraries that are already on your computer.

Main interface of Miro 4

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Miro's other features include support for downloading torrents and viewing their content in the same app; folder watching; resumable playback; channel surfing, which organizes video feeds by topic; robust video conversion, sharing, and hosting; and assistance in creating and distributing videos. While version 3 introduced extensive subtitle support, better metadata management, and a higher maximum volume, the new version 4 focuses on more substantial gains. In addition to syncing movies and music with your Android phones and tablets, Miro now lets you stream your files and share them with other computers running Miro on the same Wi-Fi network. Basically, you can use it to manage media libraries on more than one computer.

Also new is the ability to browse both Amazon.com's Appstore for Android and Google's homegrown Android Market. Click the link in the left nav for either and you'll be able to access full marketplace features from within Miro. The same goes for the Amazon MP3 store. Miro 4 does not yet support Wi-Fi syncing for Android devices, although that feature is expected sooner rather than later.

Be warned that Miro's installation process not only opts you in to installing the Bing toolbar, using the Bing search engine, and setting Bing as your home page, but if you uncheck all three, Miro asks you if you're sure you want to harm its revenue stream. That's fairly aggressive for an open-source program, although this is unfortunately not new to Miro. It's not likely to change anytime soon, either.

Miro has long since passed its unstable early days, and the Android support is clearly geared toward building a user base beyond the niche of open-source fans. It's a solid tool, as long as you can get past that noxious installation.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 196 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 40
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 34
    • 1 star 47
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5 stars

"i like this!"

June 06, 2011  |  By markedcards2

 |  Version: Miro 4.0.1

Pros

work with everthing!

Cons

haven't found any yet!

Summary

its on my pc, and the $ is right!

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4 stars

"A good product."

June 05, 2011  |  By Frans M. Hartanto

 |  Version: Miro 4.0.1

Pros

It works as expected.

Cons

Does not show significant over earlier verssions.

Summary

A good product that is nice to have.

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2 stars

"Seems to work OK"

June 01, 2011  |  By colinmc1965

 |  Version: Miro 4.0.1

Pros

Load through Pirate Bay as a source and the download data is clearly displayed

Cons

Seems to take a while to launch

Summary

Not bad for a free piece of software

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5 stars

"Excellent program, simple and efficient"

May 31, 2011  |  By hugh2112

 |  Version: Miro 4.0.1

Pros

Intuitive and efficient GUI

Quite fast - importing 5580 music files took about 2 minutes. Videos take quite a bit longer though.

Cons

It looks like an iTunes clone with a Ubuntu feel? Not necessarily a bad thing but still...

No auto-update of music info (album, year, etc.)

Summary

The editor's review is now out of date as the installer for Miro now asks for Yahoo (toolbar and homepage) and the message that pops up is much more courteous (although it still mentions their revenue loss).

Seems to work perfectly for what I use it for - a music and video file organiser. Can't say I have any complaints except I'd love to see a function that automatically updates the info on a song by searching on the web.

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1 stars

"i hate its search engine and the toolbar"

May 29, 2011  |  By educer74

 |  Version: Miro 4.0.1

Pros

i used to love this program ...

Cons

... but now i can't say anything in favour of it

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.1
Version 4.0.1 added the following new features:
  • Syncs to Android phones and tablets
  • Stream and share music and video on your local network
  • Works with your current iTunes library
  • Convert almost any video format
  • Very fast torrent downloading
  • Beautiful new user interface
General
Publisher Participatory Culture
Publisher web site http://participatoryculture.org
Release Date May 23, 2011
Date Added May 27, 2011
Version 4.0.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 275.39KB
File Name Miro_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 346,625
Downloads Last Week 160
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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