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Nullriver losing on Netshare, but winning on MediaLink

(Update 4th Oct ’08: I had some friends over again and finally paid Nullriver for the code.  Only thing: I couldn’t then get it to work.  Then, this morning, without me doing anything, it works (and works beautifully).  I’ll have to invite people over again.  In the meantime, I’m sitting in my living room writing this while my TV sings me songs from an iTunes Genuis playlist based around Jackson C. Frank’s Blues Run The Game.  Right now it’s Easy Way Out by Elliot Smith.  Wonderful.)
Pain in the App
Pain in the App

Poor Nullriver have made a great-sounding iPhone app called Netshare which shared the phone’s cellular network with your laptop wirelessly, so you could get proper internet without a wi-fi network.  Sounds good, except that Apple pulled it from App Store after only a few hours.  It came back the next day, only to disappear again.  This has pissed a lot of people off.

While browsing Nullriver’s site, though, I found an program that shared my iTunes library with my Playstation 3, including video, photos and all playlists.  I had previously tried a program called EyeConnect by Elgato, but so far I’m way happier with Nullriver’s MediaLink.  I can’t afford the $20 to get the full version ’til next pay day, but I got the 30 minute trial version which is cool.  After my half hour, it disguises all the filenames with ‘Please register MediaLink!’ which is fair enough.  It still works fine on shuffle.

I only wish I’d had it last time we had friends round on a Friday night.  I had to hook my laptop up to the TV via a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and mini-jack to phono for the audio.  The iTunes visualiser was distracting on the 46″ screen and the sound was quiet through the analogue cable.  Never again!

By Kenny Park

Kenny Park, pro video editor in Avid and Final Cut for over a decade.

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