Mobile entertainment provider mSpot Inc. recently announced a free music cloud service that allows users instant access to their music collection synced across smartphones, Macs, and PCs. Unveiled at last week’s Google IO Conference, the service lets users upload their music files into an online mSpot Cloud, and access it from a desktop browser or cell phone.
The invention of the mp3 music file format has granted music listeners a great deal of freedom, as a tremendous number of songs can be fit onto a tiny, portable device. However, while these sound files are small compared to earlier audio filing systems, a cell phone, or even a PC can only hold so much of a constantly growing music library.
mSpot offers a solution. The service acts as an off-site storage facility that operates in the background of your computer, managing the upload of your music library, as well as playlists and cover art. It also includes ratings and song information entered in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
In addition to managing a user’s music collection, the mSpot application updates all connected devices whenever changes are made to the library.
“We recognize that portability is key to a compelling music experience for consumers, and the biggest challenge for music cloud services to tackle today. mSpot has spent the past five years perfecting its proprietary over-the-air delivery technology so music plays from the cloud so fast it feels local—even when cell coverage is spotty or nonexistent,” said mSpot CEO Daren Tsui in a press release.
But before you make plans to upload your entire music library, note that there are a few restrictions. The mSpot service is currently available through invitation only, with public access available starting next month. The service will initially be offered on the latest Android phones.
More importantly there are strict storage limits—mSpot does not give away an unlimited cavern of available space. Total capacity for the free service will be around 2GB, which can hold roughly 68 hours of music. Larger storage capacities of 10GB and 20GB will be available for a monthly fee of $3 and $5 respectively.