Picture this: you’ve set aside four or five hours to catalog your baseball card/stamp/wine bottle/My Little Pony collection, and would like some television to entertain you. Your Special Collection Sorting Table isn’t anywhere near a TV – or an outlet. You’d like to catch up on ABC’s Castle while you’re doing it, but don’t necessarily need to see the TV (Stana Katic notwithstanding) because you’ll be cataloging. And you don’t have Hulu Plus. Then you need SoundWire, an app that lets you stream audio – any audio – from your PC to your Android phone.

SoundWire works sort of like a remote desktop viewer in reverse. Install the server application on your Windows PC (sorry Mac folks) then connect it to the app on your phone over your home’s WiFi network. After a brief authentication, all your PC’s audio from any application will be broadcast through your phone’s speaker, headphone jack or Bluetooth connection. It’ll even mute the volume when you get a call. That’s just downright convenient.

The free version of the app includes an audio nag every half-hour, but the $4 paid version is distraction-free. Both apps work with all recent versions of Android, and can connect to multiple PCs for different streams of music. Technically you could use it over a wireless broadband connection as well, but you’ll have to know your way around a little port forwarding and keep an eye on your data usage if it’s limited.

[via Reddit]

  • Guest

    Stana Katic notwithstanding ? Whoever you are, you have good taste 😉

  • Brie

    This would be amazing if it incorporated ALL my media on my PC  🙁

  • rogerdestroyer

    wen change the aplication on android , music stop, dont run in background, sorry for my inglish

  • SoundWireNotWorking

    I have soundwire server installed and soundwire app on my phone. When i try to connect the app to the server , it says unable to connect to the server. Not sure what i am doing wrong. Any help would be great.

    • J

      You probably need to forward the port on your router.

    • UNENO

      You should Put an audio jack in your Pc I had the same problem. Dosent matter if the end of it is broken

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  • bob

    I prefer wifi speaker. Its easier to use, has less latency, and completely free with no interruptions.

  • Nancy Drew

    Even at lowest buffer setting, latency is around 0.1 seconds, which is like being 100 feet from the speaker. Great for remote audio, where you cannot hear the PC sound directly, not good for trying to follow a movie from another room. It should come with detailed instructions on how to create the SoundWire_Server_Port environment variable. Most users will not be able to figure this out on their own.