PairShare offers music streaming between iOS devices
By Joel Mathis, Macworld
The folks who made up the tiny audience for Microsoft’s much-mocked Zune had one clear advantage over their iPod-loving rivals: When they wanted to share tunes with each other, they could do so wirelessly, rather than resort to the unhygienic practice of earbud-sharing. A new iOS app aims to fill that gap.
Users can create a playlist to share with others. The app conducts an auto-scan for other PairShare users, and commences playing once a connection is made. Friends on the receiving end of the streaming experience can view the album art, song titles, albums, and artists in the playlist. One limitation: the app can’t stream DRM-protected songs.
The PairShare app is free, but only allows you to share a few songs at a time by default; you’ll need to spend $3 on an in-app purchase to upgrade that to unlimited. The app’s compatible with the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4; second, third, or fourth-generation iPod touches; or any model of iPad. The device must be running iOS 4.1 or later.