Style Jukebox: Cloud-driven music syncing convenience
Having a mobile device means that you can take your work with you when you step out of the house, read your latest RSS feeds when you’re on vacation, and stay connected to the music you like. Unfortunately, unless you’re very religious in syncing music between devices, chances are you’ll forget a song at home and your playlist just won’t be complete without it. You might not be able to enjoy your newest music find when you’ve left it on your computer and you completely forgot to load it up on your phone.
Imagine that scenario happening when you just have one mobile device. But, chances are, you don’t have just one gadget that you bring around with you. You might have a phone and a tablet. You might even have two phones. Next to being very religious with the USB cable whenever you get new music, how are you supposed to keep all these devices synced with the music that you want to listen to?
The Jukebox Team has a solution for you and it’s called Style Jukebox. This app lets you enjoy your music wherever you are, just as long as you have your mobile device and a Wi-Fi connection.
You’ll need to make a Jukebox account if you want to log in. At this time, however, the app does not support creating an account using it yet. You’ll need to go to the Jukebox website and download its Windows counterpart. This desktop program also lets you upload your music to the cloud so you can access your songs on the mobile app. Signing up is free and you get to enjoy uploading 1,000 songs for no charge at all.
Once you’ve signed up for an account and have the Style Jukebox program on your Windows computer, it’s time to select some folders that you’ll want the program to monitor for changes, such as adding a new song. Whatever changes are made to this folder will appear in the Style Jukebox program and on the mobile app. Songs will be uploaded to the cloud and once they’ve been fully synced, you can start enjoying them on your mobile device via Wi-Fi.
You can view your music library in a number of ways. Toggle between a list view, a thumbnail, and title view or just a collection of tiles for your music library. Tap on a song that you’d like to listen to to start streaming it.
Any playlist you make on your computer will also be synced to the mobile version of the app but you can also add some of your locally added songs to existing playlists. Similarly, any playlist you make on your device will reflect on your computer or on other devices you’ve linked to your Style Jukebox account.
The most obvious snag to Style Jukebox is that you need its Windows counterpart to register for an account and be able to upload your music to the cloud. That means that unless you have a Windows machine or a way to run Windows programs, Style Jukebox is only an effective player for your locally stored songs.
I also experienced some unfortunate bugs while testing the app on an HTC Sensation. Every time I leave the app to check on another one, my list of songs from the cloud disappears. I’ll have to quit the app if I want to see my songs from the cloud again. I experienced one or two force closes, but they didn’t seem to be triggered by anything in particular. The Jukebox Team, the people behind this app, have already mentioned that Style Jukebox is only a preview so you can expect some bugs.
I have my fingers crossed that Style Jukebox will be in stable condition soon and that these bugs will be worked out. The app has great potential in helping forgetful music junkies, such as myself, in keeping their music libraries up to date across all their devices.
Start syncing your music across all your devices by downloading the Style Jukebox app from the Google Play Store for free. Remember, you’ll need to download the Windows program from the Style Jukebox website in order to sign up and start syncing songs to the cloud.