With only a 16G iPad, I don’t have enough space to fill it up with all the media I’d love to have with me. I also have lots of files that aren’t in the ‘official’ iPad format, for example I want to play avi and flv files, which the iPad does not natively support, and don’t want to spend all my time converting files.
Enter Zumocast, a free (universal) app that’s quickly become my ‘go to’ media consuming solution.
Once you install the app you’ll need to download the companion server for your Mac or PC. Once you’ve signed up for a (free) account you can stream movies and TV shows from your computer to your iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch), from practically any format (all the avi’s and flv’s I have tried so far work beautifully).
The quality has been perfect for every file I’ve tried so far, at least on my home wifi network. And if you do want that movie on your iPad, no problem, just hit the download button and it will transfer wirelessly. But be prepared to wait; it takes a while (depending on your connection speed).
The magic doesn’t stop there. You can also listen to (and download) music from your iTunes library, view your photos and even access other file formats (PDF’s, Word and Excel documents and so on). In fact, the only files I couldn’t seem to open with Zumocast were epubs and lit files.
So, although I’m excited about the VLC app’s imminent appearance, I’m loving Zumocast.
What media solution(s) do YOU use? Let us know in the comments below.
Danielle Saul is a technical writer and all round geeky chick. You can follow her on Twitter at @GeekyCh1ck
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