CNET Editors' review
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.
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.
From Participatory Culture:
Miro is a free and open-source music player, video player and converter, and torrent downloader. It can sync to Android phones and tablets and other devices. Buy music and apps from Amazon and Google right in the app. Miro is a free alternative to iTunes with more flexibility.
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All versions:3.1 stars
out of 195 votes
Current version:3.5 stars
out of 4 votes
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"Lot of features"
Version: Miro 4.0.2
Speed, Internet apps
I am using Miro and have some questions about it. I have already checked the website of Miro, tried Google and Wikipedia but could not find an answer.
- Does Miro supports the same container-, video-, audio-, subtitle-, and playlistformats as VLC Media Player, since Miro is based on VLC?
- On which version of VLC Media Player is the internal media player of VLC based and are new updates of VLC supported in Miro? And is Miro a good alternative for VLC?
- Miro supports various internet protocols for video and audio (streaming). Some protocols supports streaming in browser and other protocols also support downloading the stream.
HTTP: browser support: yes download support: ???
HTTPS: browser support: ??? download support: ????
DAAP: browser support: yes download support: ???
Podcasts: browser support: yes download support: yes
Bittorrent: browser support: yes download support: yes
RSS: browser support: yes download support: yes
Silverlight: What is the name of the protocol that supports Silverlight streaming? browser support: ??? download support: ??
YouTube: What is the name of the protocol that supports YouTube streaming? browser support??? download support????
What are other important protocols and are these supported by Miro and does Miro supports browser support and download support for these protocols? If not, is this on the wishlist/plans?
- Does Miro supports plugins and/or extensions (based on API's)? If not, is this the plan?
- What are big modifications/adds for new Miro versions?
Hope someone can answer my questions.
Thanks in advance.
"Miro 4 doesnt work!"
Version: Miro 4.0.2
Simple interface, easier to use than uTorrent. However........with Miro 4 there are no pros really. Version 3.5.1 worked flawlessly, but the latest version is just crap.
Pirate Bay has been removed, and the feed cannot be added. But worse, this thing is filled with so much bloatware my system goes from 1.4G used RAM to 5.7G used when I open Miro.This is a common problem discussed on the Miro forums.
This was my preferred downloader but V 4 doesnt work, and you cannot go backwards with Miro, it wont let you.
"itunes for android"
Version: Miro 4.0.2
beautiful layout, easy to use, very intuitive.
took me a while to figure out that in order to close a media file, you have to hit the stop button. once you figure that out, it makes a lot of sense and i have had no other problems.
i never use itunes any more
"A Nice product. I Like it."
Version: Miro 4.0.2
Easy to use and install.
I have been a satisfied user of this product for several years.
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