Have you ever wanted your phone, your PDA, or any mobile device to be able to access all of your files on your home computer? Since the creation of the Internet, people have always wanted the ability to access their files remotely, without having to bring around expensive media such as hard drives, CDs, Flash drives, or floppies. ZumoCast is an app meant for streaming music and videos from your home computer to your iOS device. What many do not know is that this application can do so much more.
How it Works.
ZumoCast is an app that requires an installation on a host PC or Mac, and the iOS application to be installed on your device. Once you have these installed, head over to http://www.zumocast.com, and create n account. Account creation is free. Once you have an account, ZumoCast will point your iOS device to your computer, and your computer will tell your device what it has as far as files, music, and videos. You can then select something to read, play, or listen to, and ZumoCast will stream the content to your device. The app will do one more thing. ZumoCast will also allow you to download any file, song, or video from your computer to your iOS device to be viewable offline, or through another application.
The initial screens of ZumoCast tell you how to set up ZumoCast on your computer, and how to sign up for an account. You may also sign up for an account from the iOS app itself. Each of these screens are VoiceOver compliant. All labels are read, and are centered on the screen. Once your account has been created, ZumoCast will ask you to install the computer based app, and log in. Once this is done, tell ZumoCast that the app has been installed on the computer, and the program will log in, and bring up all of your files.
The files section shows all available computers. You can also view which files have been downloaded from here as well. When you select a computer, ZumoCast will show you which folders have been shared. These usually include Documents, Music, and Movies. Though the desktop app, you may add more shared folders. Once a file has been opened, tap the download button on the top right to download the file. VoiceOver will read any document opened by ZumoCast assuming the document is text based. Once the file is downloaded, you can go to the downloaded section, and open the file again. From here you can open the file in other iOS applications, such as Documents To Go, or iWork.
The music section also shows two areas. All music, and downloaded music. Under all music, you can see all of your music stored on your computer. You can then select to view by album, artist, songs or playlists. Below these items is a label that states the number of songs. All labels are VoiceOver compliant. Selecting an option will bring up the sorted list. The audio and video player is based off the iPhone iPod player, and is VoiceOver compliant. You may also download these songs to your iOS device. This comes in handy if you have audiobooks that you would like to listen to offline. This will not put music in the iPod list however. Any audio you download will stay in ZumoCast, unless you have other apps that support the file type.
The video section is also set up like the music section, but you will see a list of all videos on your machine. these are not sorted in any order. You may also download these videos to your device, and open them with other applications, such as VLC Media Player. The videos section uses the same iPod video player, so will be VoiceOver compliant.
This screen shows you all active downloads. Tapping a transfer will tell you all current data, which includes the file name, speed of download, percentage, and how much has downloaded. When a download finishes, the transfer will be removed. There is also a bar at the top of this screen that shows how much space is being used on your device. This will show how much space you are using with other apps, how much ZumoCast downloads take up, and how much available free space is on your device. All labels are VoiceOver compliant.
The settings area lets you sign out, change the video orientation, and to set a passcode lock. This is to make your downloaded files more secure. All settings are VoiceOver compliant.
ZumoCast has shown itself to be one of the best remote storage and download apps in the App Store today. For the low low price of nothing, I feel that this app is a must have for all iPhone and iPad users out there. I have only found one issue with this application. VoiceOver users will find that this app is a bit high on memory usage. While running this app with VoiceOver, your speech will slightly stutter. If you are on a device with a pre-A4 processor, such as the iPhone 3GS, you will find that the app will not properly run, and VoiceOver will act up fairly badly. I have really not had a problem with this issue on iPads running VoiceOver. If this changes I will let everyone know. Even though this is an issue for some, I still would recomend this app for anyone wanting to access their home computers.