mSpot To Bring Your Music To The Cloud
Mobile entertainment provider mSpot is debuting a free service to today at the Google I/O Conference that provides cloud based access to an individual's music collection synced across smartphones and PC's. Users upload music into the mSpot Cloud for playback. Only Android mobile devices are supported at today's private beta launch, but the company says that more platforms will be added soon. Public launch is scheduled for mid-June.
From lawsuits with Michael Robrtson's Mp3tunes.com to recent reported talks with iTunes, the major labels have resisted efforts to bring music to the cloud claiming it constitutes additional an additiona l use of purchased music and demanding extra payment. An mSpot spokesperson told Hypebot this morning that the company believes they "are covered within the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) in part because "the service only lets you upload music from one device, but lets you access it from five".
mSpot already has working relationships with the major labels through its other mobile music offerings, and it's hard to imagine them risking lawsuits without at least the majors's tacid approval. If so, today's announcement heralds a softening of the major's position and leads further credance to rumors that Apple may launch it's own music in the cloud service on June 7th.
Get Your mSpot Private Beta Invite
The new mSpot service includes a smart application that operates in the background of your computer managing the upload and automatic syncing of your music library across all devices. In addition, it can upload playlists, coverart, ratings and song information entered using iTunes or Windows Media Player.
Access to the private beta is available by invitation only, but Hypebot has 500 special invites. Just go to mSpot.com, click on “download mSpot” and enter the password, “mspotmusic”.