If you are the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G smartphone, you have most likely discovered the AllShare application, which allows you to share multimedia with other devices. The application is incredibly simple to use, but it does require a little setup on the target device.
I'll show you how to share out your music library to your AllShare device from Windows Media Player. After completing the steps in this tutorial, you will be enjoying streaming music to your device from your target source.
What you need
- Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G phone with a data plan
- Wireless access to your network
- Windows 7 computer with Windows Media Player and files in your music library
Ready Windows Media Player
The first thing you'll want to do is set up Windows Media Player so it will stream your music to your phone. If you don't set it up, you will not see your machine on your phone. Here's how to set up Windows Media Player.1. Open Windows Media Player and then open your Library. From the left navigation, right-click the Music entry and select Manage Music Library from the resulting window (Figure A). (If you can't seem to get to the Library screen, click CTRL-1 to instantly open that screen.) Figure A
2. When the new window opens, you need to make sure your Music library is added to the list of to-share folders. If it isn't, navigate to it and add it.3. After the Music library is added, you will most likely have to enable Music Streaming. To do this, click the Stream drop-down menu in the library window and click Enable Streaming. This will open a new window (Figure B) where you can configure your streaming options. Figure B
The Default Media Streaming Options allows you to give users access to star ratings, as well as control parental ratings.
Once you complete these steps, it's time to focus on your phone.
Search for your stream
1. Fire up your phone and open the AllShare application. From the main window, click Play File From Server On My Phone. (It might take a while for the server list to populate.)
2. When the server list is populated, select the server your Windows Media Player is set up on and then click Music.
3. Navigate to the file you want play and add it to your playlist. You cannot add a folder to your playlist, but you can navigate within the folder and check off any music you want to add. The best method for adding multiple songs to a playlist is to click All Music, check all of the songs you want, and then click Add To Playlist. After your playlist is populated, your music will immediately start playing.
Don't forget — you can do this exact same thing with movies too.
The built-in ability to stream music from stream-able music players gives the Galaxy S an advantage in the world of media-ready, media-dependent smartphones. This can be accomplished on other phones, but generally speaking, you will have to add a third-party application for this feature. With the Samsung Galaxy S, it's built right in.
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