Miro
Miro 6.0
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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
What's New
Version 6.0:
  • Updated for faster performance.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • QuickTime 7 or later





MacUpdate - Miro



Miro User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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burypromote

+95
JCH2 commented on 17 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 6.0]


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+95

JCH2 reviewed on 11 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 6.0]


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+3

+41

Aargl reviewed on 02 Aug 2012
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
[Version 5.0.1]


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+1

+95

JCH2 reviewed on 17 Feb 2012
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.
[Version 4.0.6]


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+41

Aargl reviewed on 02 Sep 2011
So powerful and easy to use. I recommend it to all my friends.
Especially useful when you don't have a high bandwidth.
[Version 4.0.3]


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+95

iTruth reviewed on 17 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 4.0.3]


burypromote
-1

+124
Aeschylus commented on 15 Aug 2011
Quicktime 7 is built into Lion? I thought it was Quicktime X. I'd better tell Apple.
[Version 4.0.3]


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+5

Isilver reviewed on 20 Jul 2011
Miro doesn't like me - refuses to play more than 5% of my media library ... hard to get support for that problem, (latest OS and Miro).

Now I just noticed the cover-art folder Miro creates within user/library/app support/miro/cover-art has got 12.89GB of cover art (yes 12.89 gigabytes!). There is 58,727 images in that cover-art folder, most of them are repeated many, many times - I saw 5 or 6 cover art items in this folder repeated 62 times (then i stopped looking).

Pity, the feature set was appealing ...
[Version 4.0.2]


burypromote
+1

+60

Jeremyan reviewed on 17 Jun 2011
If you want to sync with android devices, the syncing capability is years behind iTunes. It is very unintuitive, and takes a lot of efforts to sync.
[Version 4.0.1]

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burypromote

+95
JCH2 replied on 17 Feb 2012
In part you can blame Google for that if you are using Android 3+. Google took out anything USB related except MTP protocol support (antiquated, and originall developed for moving data off the first digial cameras). OS X as of Snow Leopard does not have native MTP, so it's also any MIRO MTP driver, but MTP was never designed to move the types and sizes of files now involved. This is the ongoing device war heating up between Apple, Google, and Microsoft... and has only gotten worse since your original post.
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+1

+5

orhon reviewed on 24 May 2011
Works nicely and syncing with Android is definitely cool.

Although I believe it can be improved feature-wise. A little cosmetic update would also be good.
[Version 4.0]


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JT40 had trouble on 14 Oct 2012
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.
[Version 5.0.1]


burypromote

+41
Aargl had trouble on 28 Jul 2012
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... :-(
[Version 5.0.1]

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burypromote

+41
Aargl replied on 28 Jul 2012
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! ;-)
burypromote

+41
Aargl had trouble on 22 Oct 2011
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)
[Version 4.0.3]


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+41
Aargl had trouble on 10 Jul 2011
There's a bug in version 4.0.2 for French localization: it's actually in Spanish!
I succeeded in working it around by copying the French "locale" folder inside version 4.0.1 into the 4.0.2 package. ;-)
[Version 4.0.2]

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burypromote

+41
Aargl replied on 02 Sep 2011
partly fixed in 4.0.3 but some item in the "Fichier" menu remained in spanish... :-(
I wanted to give a hand on translation but you seem to enter soviet bureaucracy when you go on the translation page!!! Couldn't it be more simple to participate?
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+2

+43
Ponti had trouble on 24 May 2010
While Miro is great, I've found that my MacBook Pro's CPUs often go up to 100% while running Miro, causing my MBP to run at hotter temps and fans to spin at high rpm.
[Version 3.0.2]


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listohan had trouble on 25 Feb 2007
After installing .9.5.1, it indexed my movies, then crashed. I haven't been able to get that far again - it crashes before getting that far.

This is a real pity because the program concept seems brilliant.
[Version 0.9.5.1]



+15

Quiiick rated on 12 Apr 2013

[Version 6.0]



+15

Quiiick rated on 06 Nov 2012

[Version 5.0.4]



+7

Castle Rose rated on 12 Feb 2012

[Version 4.0.6]



+222

Jamus rated on 25 May 2011

[Version 4.0.1]



-3

craigfin74 rated on 18 Dec 2010

[Version 3.5.1]



-7

Jonassh rated on 01 Dec 2010

[Version 3.5]


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Type:Entertainment
License:Free
Date:11 Apr 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation: Participatory Culture says that it is a charity, and that all donations are tax-deductible.

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 Quicktime 7, which is built into the operating system, to play video. In addition, we use plugins for Quicktime that allow us to play even more video types. The Mac version can play MPEG, MP4, MOV, H264, Flash, Xvid, AVI, OGG, and more. Also, there is a free extension for OS X that will play Windows Media files seamlessly.


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