Since I just got back to the US and picked up an Android phone. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about it, because I like to get the most out of the tools available to me. Miro has been on my radar for quite some time and the new version (that would be 4), is available and ties in some cool new features for the Google Android platform.

The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) launched Miro 4 today. For those that don’t know it’s an open-source desktop media player that will allow users to manage music including iTunes libraries, videos, playlists and apps in one place. Now it can also sync these digital libraries with Android devices.

“Android phones are surpassing iPhone’s market share, but most people still use iTunes on their desktop. The desktop player has been a missing component for managing media on Android devices”

Additional features of Miro 4 include:

  • Quickly and easily syncs with existing media libraries, like iTunes, upon installation and recognizes updates in these libraries.
  • Comes equipped with Miro’s award-winning video converter to ensure users have the ability to download and play almost any video or music format.
  • Streams and downloads files to and from other Miro-equipped desktops on the same Wi-Fi network, allowing users to manage libraries on multiple machines.
  • Allows users to purchase music, video and apps from virtually any online video and music store.
  • Streams and/or downloads from any website that offers audio, video or torrents.

This is pretty interesting as it can take your iTunes library, convert it and put it on your Android device. Now I’ve had an iPhone for years, but I never really buy anything from iTunes, I already had an extremely large music library and a lot of new commercial stuff doesn’t appeal to me.

Now Miro also hooks into a wide range of online video sites which is why I’m talking about it. I often get my Revision 3 shows through Miro as it does a good job of automatically pulling the stuff I want. With some of the other features, and the fact that it’s all free and open source, it is a lot of functionality in a fairly lightweight package…and free. Other online video services it is tied into include Hulu, PBS, YouTube, YouTorrent and ClearBits. It’s also hooked into the Amazon and Android stores.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fast way to get all your media into one app and out to all your devices, it should definitely be on your list of apps to check out.