Looking for iBroadcast alternatives?

iBroadcast is a music locker service. It allows you to upload your own music collection to the service, and then stream it to your devices.

There are multiple replacements for iBroadcast out there - we've collected information on a few, including (disclaimer! 😆) our own service, Astiga.

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iBroadcast

iBroadcast allows you to upload a music library to the service and then stream it to multiple devices. It has good device support, with apps for Sonos, Roku, Alexa and the ability to play through Chromecast, Android Auto, the Apple equivalents, and more.

But no music streaming service is perfect! There are a number of common complaints about iBroadcast which might make you want to search for a replacement.

Proprietary storage

iBroadcast stores your music library in its own storage backend. This means all access to it is via iBroadcast. You cannot use other tools to access the music, for example convenient backup or synchronisation tools.

Difficult tagging

Updating your library by changing tags and re-uploading can be cumbersome in iBroadcast. That’s because their control over storage means new uploads don’t replace existing ones. You must use the iBroadcast tools to re-organise your files.

Less control

As the storage is controlled entirely by iBroadcast, you have less control over it. For example, it is impossible to fully delete music from iBroadcast, although there’s a trash option. More importantly, there are no clear ways of re-downloading your library from iBroadcast.

No podcasts

Podcast listening has become an essential part of streaming services. There’s no podcasting ability in iBroadcast, so you’ll have to use a separate app/service for that.

If you've got tired of some of the limitations what are the alternatives to iBroadcast?

Comparisons of iBroadcast alternatives

What are the key differences between the different iBroadcast alternatives?

YouTube Music Spotify Apple Music Plex iBroadcast Astiga
Library Catalogue, limited uploaded Catalogue, limited uploaded Catalogue, uploaded Uploaded Uploaded Uploaded
Storage location No control No control No control Self hosted No control Any cloud storage or self hosted
Offline sync Max 10 devices, must login every 30 days. Premium only, max 10k songs, 5 devices, login every 30 days. Max 100k songs. Playlists only Unlimited Unlimited
Library integrity No control of catalogue No control of catalogue No control of catalogue No removals No removals No removals
Podcasts
Browsing Recommendations and catalogue-oriented "Discovery" and recommendation oriented Catalogue-oriented Library-oriented Library-oriented Library-oriented
Recommendations Algorithmic Algorithmic Algorithmic Algorithmic None None
Upload longevity Until subscription ends Until subscription ends Until subscription ends Unlimited; stored locally Unlimited Unlimited; stored in the cloud / locally
Advertisements In the free plan In the free plan None In catalogue content None None
Audio quality Medium: 256kbps in Premium Medium: 320kbps in Premium High: Up to 24/192kHz High: Up to 16/44.1kHz In Premium: unlimited Unlimited: Native
API Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Open; Subsonic
Company size Big tech Big tech Big tech Middle tech Bootsrapped/indie Bootsrapped/indie
Cost $14 $11 $11 Free/$4.99 Free/$3.99 $4.99
Catalogue
A rented music library, provided by a streaming service.
Offline sync
The transfer of music from a streaming service to a device for later playback with no Internet access.
Proprietary
Technical standards controlled by the streaming service.
Recommendations
The presentation of music the user may want to listen to.
Upload
Music files transferred from a user into a streaming service.

Comparing the streaming services

One-against-the-other, how do to the music streaming services compare? We've written these from the perspective of a music library owner, not a listener that will just consume the streaming services' rented catalogue.

iBroadcast vs. Astiga

Astiga is a similar service to iBroadcast; it is a streaming service for your own music. The main difference is where the music is sourced. With iBroadcast, you upload your music to the iBroadcast servers. With Astiga you upload your music to other cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive and others.

iBroadcast advantages

  • More device support
  • Free tier

Astiga advantages

  • Podcasting
  • Storage flexibility

For pure ease of use and getting started, iBroadcast is probably the better bet. As it only offers storage of music on its own servers, this means it can provide a more guided and controlled user experience on first use.

Longer term, though, Astiga’s embrace of other cloud storage services gives a lot of flexibility. It means you can administer your music storage via the tools provided by the cloud storage provider, and make use of third party apps written to work with the cloud storage.

Why choose Astiga vs iBroadcast?

30,000 music lovers trust Astiga as a iBroadcast alternative for your own music library.

Astiga is a music service that puts you in full control of your music library. Choose the music you listen to and its audio quality, including lossless and HD streaming. Sync your music for offline playback to your devices, and cast your music to playback devices around your home.

What makes Astiga different to iBroadcast?

iBroadcast and Astiga are similar services. You can stream your own music library to your devices inside your home or outside.

There are also some big differences.

Choose your own player

You are not forced to use the iBroadcast app or any other software. Astiga is Subsonic compatible; you can use the official app or any Subsonic music client to play and sync your music.

Choose your storage

We don’t force you to store your music on our servers. Instead, we have connectors to all the major cloud storage providers. This means you are in control of where you store your music and can use official and third-party apps which work with those services.

Your library, your way

Astiga allows you to re-tag your music so it can be organized in different ways. iBroadcast allows this in principle, but re-uploading files sometimes doesn’t show the changes, so you’re forced to use their tools to re-organise your library.

Don't take our word for it...

The music streaming service you control

Astiga is like your own private Spotify; a music streaming service that connects your to your music, wherever you are.

Wide storage support

Astiga supports a plethora of cloud storage services, including Google Drive, OneDrive (for Business), Dropbox, Amazon S3 (and S3-compatible providers such as Wasabi or DigitalOcean Spaces), Backblaze B2, FTP(S), WebDAV (like ownCloud, Yandex, Synology) and SFTP.

Works wherever you are

Astiga works in your home and out on the road. The official Astiga app supports Android Auto, allowing you to easily use Astiga while driving, plus you can synchronise for offline access.

Your home music network

Astiga's app supports Chromecast, and you can stream to your browser. There is support for your Google Home, allowing you to easily play back your music without using your phone.

Wide file format support

Astiga supports MP3, AAC (MP4), OGG, Opus, WebM, WAV, ALAC and FLAC.

Includes podcasts

Keep up to date with your favourite podcasts by storing them with Astiga. Download for offline access and to listen on a plan, in a car...

Offline music

We don't all have high speed mobile Internet nor unlimited mobile data plans. This makes offline important. Astiga allows synchronisation to your devices for offline, local playback. Ideal when travelling!

Switching from iBroadcast?

Ready to make the move? Here are the steps you need to follow. Remember we're always here to help you make the move!

If your music library is purely in iBroadcast, you’ll need to download it using the sync tools. There’s no obvious way of downloading your library en masse, so using sync and then locating the downloaded, synced files on your device is your best bet.

Altenatively, you might have your music collection already on your computer, in which case you don’t need to do anything at all.

Once your music collection is on your computer, you can upload it to any one of the storage services that Astiga supports. Or, you can setup pCloud as part of your Astiga signup process.

While your music is uploading - sign up to Astiga:

Let's get started!

Once you log in, you can connect Astiga to your music library.

On the Astiga home page, under Add storage, click your storage provider:

Enter your username and password for your storage provider, and then Astiga can begin synchronising with your music library.

You can immediately browse your music library via its files and folders, or wait for Astiga to synchronise with your library so you can explore your albums, artists, genres and more.

In the meantime, you can add podcast feeds and experiment with mobile apps to connect to Astiga.

Why wait? Switch now.