This is a very welcome change of pace for the staff here at TheDroidGuy, after the countless times that thedroidguy and I were told an app or a startup is “launching first on iOS devices.” mSpot saves my sanity with their announcement of Radio Spotter – beta.
MSpot today is releasing their take on both music discovery AND cloud storage for your personal music collection. Mashing up the traditional music collection with streaming radio allows mSpot to, in their words,
– As you listen to your music on mSpot Music, the service will match the songs and artists you’re playing with similar music on hundreds of Internet radio stations. These stations will be available in the “Stations Suggestions” tab. The service keeps track of what you’re listening to and gives you new recommendations as the music you’re listening to changes.
– Radio Spotter puts the metadata in your music collection to work by matching whatever you’re listening to, and quickly adapts to offer new recommendations based on your changing preferences.
Due to the fact that I was up at TechCrunch Disrupt I was not able to fully test Radio Spotter much. I did not have more than an album or two on my work laptop. I am highlighting both my experience and summarizing the press release below.
- Google Music – I can confirm that unlike Google Music the media upload was a quick and painless process. The average time it took to upload a track onto Google’s Music platform was an agonizing 23 seconds per track. mSpot achieved a very brisk 23 seconds for each album.
- Slacker and Pandora Radio – don’t offer “real” radio stations – the suggestions from Radio Spotter are built from your personal library, as well as what you are listening to now.
- iTunes – For the time being iTunes does not offer cloud storage and most certainly will devise some scheme to convince you that you should really pay a premium fee to access the music that you have purchased. (Personal opinion – ed.)
- Paid Streaming services – Mog, Rdio, and Rhapsody all charge to stream music to your device. Radio Spotter comes with 5 GB of cloud storage and offers streaming free of charge. Streaming is limited to just one device on the free plan. If you need more storage or the ability to access your library and Radio Spotter streams on more than one device mSpot offerrs – 40 GB of cloud storage along with access for up to 5 devices.
Now that I have made it back home from TechCrunch Disrupt and have organised all of my swag, business cards, and thoughts; I believe that I will be able to give you a full run down of Radio Spotter and it’s uploading client for both Mac and Windows computers. You will be able to find Radio Spotter in the Android Market later today. (Due to the app not yet being published to the market I am linking to the developer to assist you in finding the app). Please check it out and let me know if it works for you.
The First Combined Streaming Radio and Cloud Music Service, Launches
mSpot Music™ Offers Radio Spotter™
– Match the Songs You’re Playing to Hundreds of
Internet Radio Stations
New Service Offers Instant Access to Free Internet Radio Stations Based on Favorite Genres and Artists – Initially Available for Android
Palo Alto, Calif. (May 26, 2011)—Popular cloud entertainment provider mSpot, Inc., today announced Radio Spotter™ Beta – the first digital music service to combine a cloud music and storage locker service with streaming radio. The new service offers two main features: Match the songs you’re playing from your personal online music collections, to similar music playing on hundreds of radio stations across the Internet; or, instantly select Internet radio stations you’ll like, based on music genres or your own artist searches. Radio Spotter puts the metadata in your music collection to work by matching whatever you’re listening to, and quickly adapts to offer new recommendations based on your changing preferences.
“Radio is still the easiest and most popular music discovery tool – people love its spontaneity and variety. Yet, it can take years to discover the best radio stations. We’re giving people a mash up between Cloud music and streaming radio: It’s a great way for people to find new music and enjoy their own – all in one service,” stated Daren Tsui, CEO and co-founder of mSpot.
How does Radio Spotter work?
- Put your music collection on the Internet: Go to www.mSpot.com and upload your music collection from your PC/Mac® into your own personal music locker in the Cloud. Now, you can access it anytime, anywhere from your Android or any PC/Mac.
- Download the mSpot Music Android App on your phone. Your music will appear on your phone.
- As you listen to your music on mSpot Music, the service will match the songs and artists you’re playing with similar music on hundreds of Internet radio stations. These stations will be available in the “Stations Suggestions” tab. The service keeps track of what you’re listening to and gives you new recommendations as the music you’re listening to changes.
- Favorite stations can be saved for easy reference on the app homepage.
- New songs can be flagged for future reference and automatically synced to their online accounts at www.mspot.com for later purchase, through Amazon or iTunes music stores.
- The “Browse Stations” tab offers an instant selection of Internet radio stations, which are always available through the service without matching songs to your own music collection. You can also search by favorite artists to find radio stations playing music by that artist, or similar artists.
- Genres range from Alterative and Rock to Dance and Electronic, Pop, Urban, Country, Reggae, Latin, Jazz, Spiritual, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Youth, Bollywood, French and Canadian.
How mSpot Music with Radio Spotter Differs from Existing Music Services:
- Unlike Pandora and Slacker; Play all of your own music alongside new music that is discovered on real radio stations: Your own music collection is the basis of all the new music you find and listen to.
- Unlike iTunes; Store your music collection in the cloud so that you can always access it, wherever you are. Your music is connected to the Internet, so you can match your preferences to hundreds of Internet radio stations to discover and play new music for free.
- Unlike subscription services like Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio; Listening is free. Match the music you already love with music playing on radio stations all over the Internet.
- Unlike Cloud storage services like Amazon or Google; Listening is not limited to your own music, or music for purchase; your music now connects you to hundreds of radio stations.
Radio Spotter Beta is available in the Android Market for Android users, in the United States only; iPhone, PC/Mac and other internet connected device support will be offered later in 2011, along with new premium features. mSpot Music is available at www.mspot.com for PC and Mac, in the Apple® App Store and Android Marketplace.
mSpot Music offers the following features:
- Instant access to music collections from mobile, PC/Mac® and Web-ready TV.
- Smart syncing across devices: No USB cords required; instantly syncs music from the cloud to user’s mobile; avoids playback interruptions.
- Automatically exports playlist, metadata, cover art, and more from iTunes.
- Continuous playback, even during spotty cellular coverage.
- Airplane mode: play cached songs on the phone without network connectivity.
- “Live Lyrics”: read the words to select favorite songs as they play on mobile.
- “Streaming only” option for users who want to save all the storage on their mobiles for other media.
- mSpot Music offers free cloud storage for the first 5 gigabytes (approximately 4,000 songs): Additional storage is available for purchase; 40 gigabytes for $3.99 per month.
The leading cloud entertainment provider, mSpot, Inc., delivers music, movie and radio content instantly to users – bringing effortless, Cloud-based syncing across all devices. The company offers three innovative entertainment services: mSpot Music ™ – the flagship music service, enables people to upload their entire music collections online and listen wherever they are; mSpot Movies™ – a premium Video On Demand (VOD) movie service; and mSpot Radio™ – an all-format radio service that includes over 400 channels of music. mSpot cloud entertainment services reach more than six million customers. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, more information is available at www.mspot.com.
© Copyright 2011 mSpot, Inc. All rights reserved. Radio Spotter, mSpot, mSpot Radio , mSpot Movies, mSpot Music are trademarks or registered trademarks of mSpot, Inc. All other trademarks are the marks of their respective owners.