With all of the advancement in music access & portability that’s been driven by mobile over the last few years, there’s still been a pretty significant hurdle, at least at scale: how to broadcast music from a central location simultaneously across a wide variety of not just smartphones but through the litany of stand-alone speaker systems in existence. The team at a company called Boombotix thinks they’ve figured it out with a new app they’ve developed for iOS and are turning to Kickstarter to help fund the Android version.
This is the company’s first foray into software. They started out developing a line of ultra-portable speakers in the vein of devices like the Pill from Beats but quickly found out the lack of options for syncing tracks across networks, whether the music was local or on a streaming service a la Spotify. The app they’ve built allows that to take place seamlessly and will function with any Bluetooth-enabled speaker hardware, not just their own line of speakers. You can use the app in two distinct ways: as the central hub (DJ mode) or as a listener to hook up and listen to another DJ’s stream. Their Kickstarter page brings up a number of interesting use cases besides those summer parties at your buddy’s house: synced tracks for group exercise sessions & bike rides, the ability to share music with your friend without having to split headphones, etc.
As of now, they’re almost to their $15,000 goal to develop an Android app, which I think is really paramount to their success to ensure listening experiences are stable across all platforms. Check them out at their Kickstarter page; they have a few more videos that show the app in action as well as some cool swag for backers.