There is a lot of really expensive, really nice options for home sound systems out there. AmpMe wants its fans to forget about those and make use of what they’ve already got.
The Montreal-based company has launched their app on desktop platforms starting today. Previously only available as an app, AmpMe connects any iOS or Android device to a PC and syncs them together down to the millisecond, allowing for multi-speaker experience when listening to music. This is achieved through AmpMe’s AutoSync algorithm, and the result is perfectly synchronized music from a bundle of devices.
The difficulty in launching an app like this lies in the latency and speed of each connected device. The algorithm accounts for any delays from a phone, PC, tablet or otherwise, and produces a perfect sound. AmpMe can handle Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and even personal music libraries. So far, the platform has racked up 16 million registered users.
“Since the beginning of AmpMe, I’ve always wanted to scale the platform in a way that allows people to listen to music together by connecting whatever devices they have on hand to amplify the sound, but most devices aren’t meant to work together so this proved to be a huge technical challenge,” says Martin-Luc Archambault, CEO of AmpMe.
“We started off syncing music and video on phones and tablets and that was the first step to reach our goal of making AmpMe’s sync technology device agnostic. We then added sync support for any Bluetooth speaker and then allowed users to chain them with their Sonos system – letting users create a portable and social sound system with whatever speakers they have.”
The next step for AmpMe will be to make their platform available anywhere there is a speaker. The company raised two funding rounds in 2016 ($1.5 million and $10 million) and has used that cash to develop this platform and reach new audiences.
“The main difficulty syncing music on desktop speakers is that we’re dealing with so many different pieces of hardware that it takes a lot of data to truly understand lag and calibration to achieve perfect sync between phones, Bluetooth speakers and desktops,” continues Archambault. “The more speakers the better sound – so I am thrilled to see our desktop app launch and allow us to reach a bigger audience.”