There are smartphone apps which give you access to millions of streaming
songs. But sometimes they don't have those rare recordings that you spent
months tracking down. And there are smartphone apps that kinda, sorta let
you connect to your home-based server or hard drive. But they can be slow
Point is, there aren't really any services that automatically
sync your library to the cloud so you can stream it on the go.
mSpot is here to help.
The cloud-based mSpot has been running on Android smartphones since June
with great success (over 1 million downloads), and as of today, it's up and running on the iPhone.
Essentially, you install a mSpot helper app on your computer that watches
your iTunes library and will automatically upload newly added songs to your
account on their servers. Then, when you're on the go, you can load up the
app on your phone and have your personal library ready to go. You can also
log into the site from a computer that's not yours and play songs back in
As for costs, mSpot gives everyone 2 gigs of storage for free, with
unlimited playback. Or, if your music library is a bit more serious, you can
pay roughly $4 for 40 gigs of space, which is about 8 gigs more than the
biggest iPhone can hold. You can download mSpot for iTunes here.