OnAirPlayer Interview

OnAir Player co-founder Daniel Vocke tells us about their distributed music player that makes playing music across multiple devices easier.

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Marcus
All right, well, hi Daniel, I’m Marcus.
Daniel
Hi Marcus.
Marcus
And can you tell us your full name and the name of the company?
Daniel
Yeah, I’m Daniel Vocke and that is OnAirPlayer.
Marcus
Okay and what’s your role in the company Daniel?
Daniel
I’m the CEO and developer of the product.
Marcus
All right. Is there anybody else in the company?
Daniel
Yes, there’s co-founder and designer at this time and we have a couple of people that work for us too.
Marcus
Okay. So tell us about your product?
Daniel
OnAirPlayer, it’s a distributed music player. It unifies all your libraries, so you just install it on multiple devices and then you have all your music accessible wherever you go. So all the music you see here [has iPad] is actually on my computer at home right now, put a single click on with a finger and I can listen to the music right here. But the actual cooler part is I also have all the devices that I have it installed on, accessible with one click, so right now it’s playing on the MacBook but I can simply say, I now want to walk outside the door so I turn it off and have it continue play on the iPad and a few seconds later it should turn on here. So I can walk out the door, listen to my music. Here we got it, here’s the music coming through. Oh well, you can hear it.
Marcus
We believe you.
Daniel
You can hear it.
Marcus
Absolutely.
Daniel
No here it is—there it is. You can listen to your music on the go, even in any browser, you arrive at work, the same thing, you can listen to your music there. And using the stream, so you can sit on the couch and control it, say for instance on your TV, on your stereo at home.
Marcus
Okay.
Daniel
It’s unifying all your devices that you can stream to and all your music that is scattered on different devices. All in one handy little list.
Marcus
Very nice. How long has your startup been around?
Daniel
It’s success, so, we have been stealth for quite some time. We are in private beta for a few weeks only.
Marcus
Okay.
Daniel
It’s not yet really live, you can sign up with an e-mail address and we’ll be happy to give you access and let you play around with it. We’ll be publicly launching in a few weeks I guess.
Marcus
Okay what are you hoping to do here at Launch Conference? Why are you here today?
Daniel
I’m hoping to connect with some people.
Marcus
Uh-huh.
Daniel
Maybe find some bright minds that want to join the team and eventually also looking for investment.
Marcus
Okay, great. If your product or startup was a Super Hero, what would be their super power?
Daniel
[Laughing.] Turn all your little TVs and stereo systems into your best buddy who would listen to you all the time.
Marcus
All right, there you go.
Daniel
I’ve never heard that question before [laughing].
Marcus
Well, we like to keep it original. What did you do before this?
Daniel
I was working as a Developer at SAP.
Marcus
Okay. And is this your full time job now?
Daniel
Yes, it is. Yeah, I went full time about a year ago.
Marcus
And where do you guys hope to be in three months with this?
Daniel
Live and handling explosive growth I guess.
Marcus
And who do you think is your target market? Who’s your perfect customer?
Daniel
It’s Android users that want to--I mean many of these features that you saw right now are partially accessible to iPhone users, the Apple World already, right, you have the great Air Play, you have Personas Users but all that is if you only are Apple only so we want to open up that world to just stream anywhere across network boundaries to Android users, Windows users, so it’s pretty much everybody who does not spend a lot of money on hardware or Spotify, the other billion out there.
Marcus
Yeah. And are there any DRM issues with your software?
Daniel
You know, well, if you have—do you mean technically speaking?
Marcus
I just mean—so could I buy something on my PC or buy a CD, burn it on my PC and then play it through my iPad?
Daniel
You can. I mean if you have—technically if you have DRM-encoded music, that it would only work if your iPad is authorized for those same songs so that is a good question, I do not so if you are DRM-encoded and you cannot play it on your iPad, my app won’t allow you to do that.
Marcus
Okay. I wasn’t sure if it used some other technology just to stream it or if it was just using the player----
Daniel
No, I’m basically just streaming the file to your iPad and playing it there.
Marcus
Okay.
Daniel
If I can’t do it I can’t do it. So it’s mainly for non-DRM products. Music.
Marcus
That makes sense. Great. Anything else finally you would want people to know about it?
Daniel
Well, it’s accessible, www.OnAirPlayer.com and you can download it, play around with it, we are in private beta and yeah, just give it a try. It works across network boundaries and it’s pretty cool. It’s fun to use. Try it out.
Marcus
Awesome. Thank you very much.
Daniel
Thank you.