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Miro (was Democracy Player) makes video on the Internet way less frustrating and way more enjoyable. You can subscribe to channels of Internet video, download videos, and watch them fullscreen, one after the other, all in one application. A built-in channel guide brings you new content every day. It's free and open for everyone to watch and to broadcast.

The Mac version of Miro uses more...

What's New

Version 6.0:
  • Updated for faster performance.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • QuickTime 7 or later

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Pettifogger0712 Member IconComment+41
Pettifogger0712
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New links for are available for version 3.0.3 (ftp://ftp.osuosl.org//.2/pculture.org/democracy/osx/Miro-3.0.3.dmg) and 4.0.6 (ftp://ftp.osuosl.org//.2/pculture.org/democracy/osx/Miro-4.0.6.dmg)

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Version 6.0
JCH2 Member IconComment+392
JCH2
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Six more months down the road, and 6.0 is still a "release candidate" and hasn't grown up to a full version as yet.

If it's just music support that you need, peek at Clementine. If you need something for all media, and can spend a little time doing step, VLC Media Player can fulfill all of your needs except major syncing and streaming. If you are primarily interest in the networking and streaming, get Plex.

Anyone of these will not do all that Miro claims it will (one day) do right. And that's the catch... it doesn't do any of its many things right.

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Version 6.0
JCH2 Member IconReview+392
JCH2
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I keep following Miro and (unfortunately) keep getting disappointed. I just tried 6.0 and overall, it choke, crashes, and or bogs down on a system with 8g memory, a dual core processor and loads cache space on a 3/4g drive.

So what gives? I really do not know and do not have the time find out. I even went as far as disabling all resident memory modules that I could and the improvement was barely noticeable.

In addition, the Miro team has been claiming there is Android app on the way... for over two years. Also... album/season recognition of connected files in music/video is the same as far back as the pre-5.0 releases. It would still take hours (days) to fix all fo the miscatalogued files scanned and searched. It does not even recognized main information available in international standards for file naming used by many other multimedia managers.

Sigh. Two years of hope are now over for Miro.

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Version 6.0
JT40 Member IconComment+0
JT40
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HI there,
I'm a novice at this so I hope someone can help me out.
I have been using Miro on my Macbook for the past year now. I only started experiencing problem a month or so.
First, the movies I downloaded just disappear on me. I've search my entire computer for that particular file and can not locate it so I needed to downloaded again. That's no biggie. Just time consuming.
Next, I made a mistake in designated my miro ext. drive as my time machine back up drive also. Ever since, I could not open miro to change the download folder. Miro comes up saying that it does not have permission to write to that drive and gave an option to either cancel and manually change it or "change folder" button. When I clicked on the "change folder", Miro sits on the background and nothing happens. First few times I thought the system just needs more time so I left it for entire day. Nothing changed when I returned.
I even gone as far as to delete every files associated with miro on my Macbook and download it again and reinstalled it. No different. I have put in multiple tickets to Miro tech support but as you may know, it's usually takes them awhile to response back. It's been 3 weeks now and I'm still waiting for their reply.
If anyone knows of any solution for this problem, please help. I simply can't go on without having a working Miro.
Thank you.

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Version 5.0.1
Aargl Member IconReview+353
Aargl
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First of all, there is no other software to compete with Miro, a multimedia player dedicated to your local media (XBMC and Plex have nothing to do here, as they are intended for networking media centers — to use in your sofa with an Apple Remote).
I've mainly used it to collect and watch internet videos to avoid glitches due to low bandwidth, and it excels in that.
I've tried playing music and it certainly isn't an iTunes replacement.
I don't use all the other functions for the moment, and I partially agree with JCH2: I haven't seen many changes through the updates and it probably should concentrate on what it does best and leave the rest aside.
Features that I would like to have:
- the ability to classify your media in virtual folders, without a distinction between your local media and Internet subscriptions.
- downloaded files having the name they have in Miro, and not a cryptic one, and keeping the trace of the original URL somewhere (they lose it if you move the Miro folder or if you rename the file...).
- the ability to move your Miro folder to another disk without losing the names of the downloaded files
So yes it's perfectible, but I still recommend it for fluently playing stuttering Internet videos

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Version 5.0.1
Aargl Member IconComment+353
Aargl
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There is a bad bad thing in Miro, to me, it's when you move your Miro folder to another disk: you lose the names of the files, they all become something like videoplayback-fallback_host=tc.v5.cache5.c.youtube.959E816DACF39B38E589A98802FFF4D6772395E7_upn=tvYI
Why don't they name it in the finder as they appear in Miro? It would be so simple?
Otherwise, they could put an index file in that folder, so anyway you move it, you don't lose the names!!!
I've also tried creating a symbolic link to that folder, on the same disk, then putting it in place of the folder, but it loses names all the same... :-(

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Version 5.0.1
Aargl
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Actually, I've found a "solution": every time you download something, rename the file manually and reput it manually in Miro, it so stupid boring and time consuming, but if the app doesn't do it... :-(
And for the lost names, no way: Once they're gone, they can never come back... Now you're out of the blue and into the black! ;-)

JCH2 Member IconReview+392
JCH2
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Overall, Miro is still a wannabe. Much as I hate iTunes bloat and invasive nature, Miro doesn't cut it. There's no way to really sync the content with anything except maybe plugged in Apple product, and even in that it falls way behind. During import of iTunes data, it does not read embedded tv shows and I end up spending hours correcting it. The flat listing or epsiodes or songs in an album means I have multi select or create playlists for everything in order play anything in an organized one shot launch. I keep hoping Miro will catch up, but it's another case of the development not listening to what is really needed by the users... just like with DoubleTwist ... though DT actually does have a few ways to sync with many devices.

I'll keep watching, but I'm not hoping much since it's four major versions now without the developer getting what's really needed in this day and age. Focus on how to get the files into devices, for yet another music player/converter is not enough, especially since it has some critical weaknesses that need to be address. Diversity of features doesn't hold up in the long run if the features are weaker than in other applications that individual do the needed task better.

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Version 4.0.6
Aargl Member IconComment+353
Aargl
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About the "not so easy" way to participate in localization ;-), I found that the browser Sunrise is a real model of simplicity for that!
May be you can get some inspiration out of it?
http://www.sunrisebrowser.com/ (the Development tab indicates the procedure, which is integrated in a menu of the browser)

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Version 4.0.3
Aargl Member IconReview+353
Aargl
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So powerful and easy to use. I recommend it to all my friends.
Especially useful when you don't have a high bandwidth.

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Version 4.0.3
iTruth Member IconReview+247
iTruth
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I've always liked Miro from day one but it was in serious need of polishing which is exactly what has finally happened with this release! Miro has become my default player for all movie files and my default bit torrent app. Miro has a very smooth and polished feel to it. It is simply awesome.

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Version 4.0.3
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Quiiick
Version 6.0
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Quiiick
Version 5.0.4
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Jamus
Version 4.0.1
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craigfin74
Version 3.5.1
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Jonassh
Version 3.5
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Date 11 Apr 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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