Mac Faithful Rejoice. Orb Now Available for OS X

Company: Orb Networks, Inc.
Published: 07 November, 2009
Orb Networks today announced the availability of Orb for Macintosh, delivering media anywhere functionality to Apple Mac users. Orb enables anything from iTunes to be enjoyed on any internet-connected device, without downloading titles beforehand or uploading anything to the cloud. Streaming media leader Orb, which released its media solution for Windows PCs in 2005, and developed the first streaming media player for the iPhone in 2008, boasts more than 10 million users.

Apple lovers are already familiar with Orb. OrbLive was the first application to deliver live TV on the iPhone, initially as a jailbreak application and then as an approved app in the iTunes App Store in 2008. In addition, the OrbLive technology has powered custom iPhone apps for The Masters Golf Tournament and the NBA All Star game, as well as college football. The OrbLive application has been downloaded by more than 500,000 iPhone owners and more than 1 million people have used the private label OrbLive apps.

The free Orb application and service enable the streaming of any media type from computers running Windows or the Mac OS to any other internet-connected device including laptops, mobile phones, and even TVs connected to a game console. Users can enjoy all their music, photos, video and webcams anywhere, anytime, without first having to download content before they leave the house, or upload anything to the cloud. All media stays on the computer and is streamed directly to the remote device. Unlike other mobile services that 'trick' iTunes into downloading titles to non-Apple devices, Orb for Mac simply streams the content over the internet.

"Orb users are a wildly passionate bunch. They let us know - how do I say this gently - 'frequently' about their desire for what they described as the best media application running on the best media computer," said Joe Costello, CEO of Orb Networks. "I am ecstatic to announce that for the first time, Mac users can enjoy the same high quality media streaming from iTunes to their remote devices as PC users have had for the past four years."

Orb for Mac runs on any Mac with OS X 10.5 or later. It can stream music, photos, videos, home movies, and webcam feeds stored in iTunes, on the computer, or any connected device (support for live TV, via a connected tuner card, will be included in subsequent versions). On-the-go access to this media requires only a browser, streaming media player, and an internet connection, so every laptop or netbook, virtually any recent generation mobile phone, and many other devices like media players, game consoles, and tablet-type computers can play content from the Mac. No other hardware, software or subscription fees are necessary.