App review: AmpMe

Play your favourite music across all of your (and your friends) devices.
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App review: AmpMe

If you like your music played loud then AmpMe is definitely for you….

Availability

Android, iOS

What does it do?

AmpMe is a newly launched app that lets you create a giant, multi-speaker setup across different devices. Simply download the app, create a playlist of songs and then start syncing with any nearby devices for a bigger sound.

You can sync tablets, smartphones and Bluetooth speakers all at the same time. So when you and your friends are at the park, you can sync all of your phones for a louder, more powerful audio experience.

How it works is simple. One person needs to be the host and is given a four-digit code to share with others. When other people wish to join the party, they simply need to input the code into their own app and it will automatically start playing the same song in sync.

AmpMe - Be The Speakers from AmpMe on Vimeo.

What did we like?

The first aspect of AmpMe we have to commend is how useful it is. It’s such a simple but effective idea that could really catch on. Not only can you boost the volume when you’re listening to music at home on your own, the app really comes into its own when you’re out with friends.

Plus it removes the need to lug heavy speaker systems around as it works amazingly well just with smartphones

The syncing quality is also surprisingly good, and the app is super-simple to use navigate and use.

What could be better?

When you start using the AmpMe app you can tell it’s newly launched and needs few minor tweaks.

First off, you can only stream music from SoundCloud. This means you can’t play music from more popular streaming services such as Apple Music or Spotify, so the music choice is very limited.

There is also no host device playback, meaning that you can’t play music from your phone’s music library. This is probably the biggest disappointment, but it seems an obvious and quite simple thing to fix to make AmpMe more attractive to more people.

AmpMe also say that they will be updating the app soon in order to allow more music streaming services – so watch this space.

Another slight drawback is the syncing. If you are syncing a range of devices, all it takes is for one to be half a step out and it’s horribly noticeable. Lastly, though you can boost the volume, don’t expect huge sound quality – smartphone and tablet speakers are still limited in audio quality even when played together.

Our verdict

AmpMe is a great idea and a great app to use. It’s not really designed to be used at a big house party, but as a way for you and your friends to stick some tunes on, it’s amazing.

With a few tweaks, AmpMe could become a hugely popular app. By introducing some more popular music streaming services, and allowing you to play music from your music library, it would be perfect.

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