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24 May 2011, 09:06

Miro 4.0 arrives with Android & IPv6 support

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Miro Logo After more than six months of development, the Miro development team has announced the release of version 4.0 of its cross-platform open source HD Internet TV/podcast downloader and player. According to the developers, the latest version of the free music and video player makes transferring media from Miro to portable devices, such as Android phones and other players, even easier.

Miro 4.0 features what the developers call a "fast, seamless, easy and consistent syncing experience" on Android devices. In a press release, Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) President Dave Glassco says that "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," adding that, "This points to the problem Miro 4 is addressing – the open ecosystem needs a great desktop music and video experience."

Zoom Miro 4.0 in action on Mac OS X.
Additional features includes a new history page that allows users to see what they've previously played and adds shuffle/repeat playback options, as well as auto-download configuration options. Support for the Amazon Download Store is now built-in and users with iTunes can set their iTunes music library as a watched folder so that new content added to iTunes is automatically available in Miro.

On Mac OS X, a new volume slider has been added and, on Linux systems, app indicator support is included and, instead of being converted, copies now have their own queue. Other changes include a new 'Item details' pane and 'Stores' sidebar section, an extension system, support for magnet links and a variety of bug fixes. IPv6 compatibility has also been added in the new version.

Further details about the major update can be found in the release notes. Videos of the software in action can be found on Miro's Vimeo page. At the time of writing, an official release announcement has yet to be made on the Miro Internet TV Blog. Miro 4.0 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Miro source code is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv2) and is sponsored by the Participatory Culture Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

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