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tunesBagtunesBag is a free online audio library where you can store your music, create playlists and share with friends and other users.

Unlike other services tunesBag currently puts no definite limit on how much you can upload. However, they expect fair use, and should you intend to upload more than 5 to 7 GB, you will want to get in touch with them. Supported files are mp3, m4a, wma, and ogg.

There are multiple ways how files can be added to the library. There’s a browser and a desktop uploader. Files can be mailed to the library or uploaded from a source on the web.

music upload

Using the desktop uploader, whole iTunes and Winamp libraries or specific playlists can be uploaded automatically.

desktop uploader

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With the desktop and browser uploader, tunes can be added to your tunesBag playlists right away. The cool thing is that when you cancel an ongoing download, it will complete uploading the current file and pause until you decide to resume the upload process. So when you need some bandwidth, don’t hesitate to “cancel”, you can resume anytime.

In the library you can sort your music by genre, artist or album. There are various options for each song, such as adding it to a playlist, sharing, commenting, lyrics, videos, and through this menu you can edit and download the song.

library

Next to each track is a rating option from 1 to 6 points. In the sidebar to the left you’ll see that there are some basic playlists based on friends’ stream, recently added, recently played, recommendations or top rated items. Furthermore, your custom playlists, bookmarked playlists from other users and your search history are listed in the sidebar.

Integrated social services include Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, and Last.fm. Furthermore, whenever you listen to a tune, a sidebar opens to the right that features recommendations and comments, based on what you’re currently listening to.

Using tunesBag you’ll see more useful features. For example when you search for music, results you’re interested in will open in tabs. In the meantime you can continue listening to your library or playlists, which run in their own tab while you’re busy finding new material.

At the very bottom of the page you can manipulate the playback, add a track to one of your playlists, rate or share it.

playback

Taken together, tunesBag is a very convenient service, which allows you to store your favorite music online, making it available to yourself and your friends wherever you go.

Should you ever lose the local copies of your collection, you can restore your music, i.e. collectively download playlists or your whole media library, using the desktop uploader.

tunesBag has been in private beta for quite some time. However, it appears that invitations are sent out frequently. I received mine only a few days after signing up. Additionally, I have 15 invitations for MUO users (update: we got another 100 invitations, see below). Leave a comment or request your invitation directly through Tina at MakeUseOf.com and you shall be rewarded. First come, first serve.

UPDATE: Signup up with TunesBag here (100 invites)

  1. Aswath
    October 16, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Thx for your awesome website!! can i have an invite pls thx again :)

  2. W
    April 15, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Yay for the extra invites. Thanks!

  3. phenarius
    April 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    A fascinating service, to be sure! May I have an invite for this, please?
    Keep up the good work!

    Phenarius

  4. Aibek
    April 12, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Guys, we just got another 100 invites:

    http://tunesBag.com/i/kw/?makeuseof

    • Tina
      April 12, 2009 at 4:43 am

      That's awesome. Thank you Aibek!

  5. baskinghobo
    April 12, 2009 at 1:35 am

    invite please

  6. Roeli
    April 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Darn, would this be comment #16?

    I'd love to be invited to such a goodlooking service ;-)

  7. XxDeepxX
    April 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I got 20 invitations! email me! @ x0xdeepx0x@gmail.com with y u want 1 :D

  8. Tina
    April 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I just sent out invitations to everyone above and the one private request. With that I have no invitations left.

    Thank you very much for the extra help Deep, it's very much appreciated!

    It would be awesome if everyone who received an invitation from me would follow Deep's example and offer a share to MUO readers. Thank you very much in advance.

  9. Gihan Perera
    April 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Great article! Looks interesting. Would love an invite if u still got' em.

  10. w_boodle
    April 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the head's up on this beta. Please send along an invite if you have any remaining. Cheers!

  11. John
    April 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Invite please.

  12. chtrich
    April 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I'd like an invite, but I wonder about the leagalities of this site. How can they let one upload music and then share it with with friends. Isn't that the same idea as a torrent. The internet is just one big group of friends. :-)

    • Tina
      April 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      According to the site's FAQ the service complies with Austrian law. And you cannot download music from your friends, you can merely listen to their playlists and download the tunes you uploaded yourself. So that's the difference to torrents.

    • chtrich
      April 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

      Ah, always glad for foreign laws. :-)
      I didn't realize you could only listen to your friends playlists, not download. Sounds great!
      Thanks for the invite. I'll be checking it out.

  13. Christopher Repotski
    April 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I would love an invite. Thank you!

  14. imran ahmed
    April 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    tina, you write some great articles. Could you please send an invite as well? thanks.

  15. Corey
    April 10, 2009 at 11:37 am

    If you still have invites I'd love one. Thanks!

  16. Paul D
    April 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Hi Tina

    Great idea. Please can I have an invite. Thank you.

  17. Omar
    April 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Tina,

    I would love to be invited to this. Thanks.

  18. Shaeflan
    April 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Looks interesting. Invite please!!

  19. gerrit
    April 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

    That sounds very cool. Could one get sent this way please?

  20. Marco
    April 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for the review, I would like an invite as well

  21. Jill
    April 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I would love an invite as well.

  22. Will Bowling
    April 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

    That would be great! May I please have an invite? Thanks!

    -will

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