PlugPlayer UPnP iPhone App Offers Some Interesting Functionality

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It occurred to me that the Apple iPad has no native, cross-platform media streaming capabilities (a big missed opportunity if you ask me). Being the case, I did a quick search on Google for an iPhone app, since most are compatible with the new iPad, and discovered PlugPlayer (iTunes – $4.99). What’s interesting is that not only does PlugPlayer allow you stream and playback music (including FLAC and OGG Vorbis), photos, and video from any network connected DLNA/UPnP storage server or PC it also allows you to remotely control a music player docked iPod Touch (similar to the Tango remote app we covered earlier) with your iPhone — and I’m guessing via the iPad as well. Below is a quick user-created video demo of the software in action.


An application to stream music from UPnP media servers.

Finally, a simple way to use your existing UPnP™ software and devices from your Apple iPhone™ or iPod® touch. Introducing PlugPlayer, an application to stream music from UPnP™ media servers or control UPnP™ media renderers – all from the palm of your hand.

– Stream Music* or Video* from a UPnP™ Media Server* to your Apple iPhone
Already have a UPnP™ media server running on your home computer or server? With PlugPlayer you can access music from your UPnP™ media server and listen to it on your iPhone.

– Control PlugPlayer from another Apple iPhone
Like listening to your iPod touch while it is docked to speakers, but hate having to physically walk over to change the playlist or volume? With PlugPlayer, you can use your iPhone to remotely control another copy of PlugPlayer.

– Control a UPnP™ Media Renderer* from your Apple iPhone
Already have a UPnP™ media renderer hooked up to your stereo? No need to fumble around looking for the right remote. With PlugPlayer you can control your media renderer using your iPhone, creating a playlist from media on your UPnP™ media server.

– No Additional Software or Configuration Required
Other solutions require proprietary software on your home computer, but PlugPlayer uses the UPnP™ media server you already have. Plus, PlugPlayer automatically discovers UPnP™ devices on your network without the need for manual configuration or settings.

– Advanced Features
Of course, should your UPnP™ device not be discoverable due to your network circumstances, there is also a way to manually add a device. With PlugPlayer’s advanced device configuration, you can stream music and video from remote servers or even over VPN. You can even use PlugPlayer to help other media renderers discover your remote servers.

* Please see for supported audio/video file formats and UPnP servers/renderers known to work with PlugPlayer

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