MP3jam – A Spotify Competitor With Full Download Support [Windows]

mp3jam   MP3jam   A Spotify Competitor With Full Download Support [Windows]It was only weeks ago that I posted about Songr, an awesome and easy way to stream and download free music from multiple online sources. Since then, I may have found a little gem to completely replace it.

Who would need any alternative to Spotify though? While Spotify seems to be the head of this class, lots of people are still fixated with downloading and keeping music (rather than streaming it). This brings up many questions in regards to legality, and many services (such as Songr) manage to slip through the cracks by only acting as a way to index or search files existing on third-party servers rather than offering the files themselves. MP3jam behaves extremely similarly to Songr.

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The first thing to marvel at is the website design itself. MP3jam’s website is beautiful and gets across the application’s functionality and features very effectively.

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MP3jam’s website is in a single squeeze-page format and you’re able to download the (free) application quickly and easily. Where other websites make the download process long and exhausting, MP3jam’s is brief and to be very appreciated.

The download is only 3.5 MB in size. The application’s interface follows the same scheme as the website.

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The functionality of MP3jam is explained very well on the website and it comes across as obvious, but let’s take it for a quick spin. Think of any artist, track, or album that you’re interested in and begin searching.

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From here, results are split up based on album. There’s a lot you can do on this page. Under the name of the album itself, the Download album button will allow you to immediately do just that. There are then two social network buttons (Facebook and Twitter) that will allow you to immediately share the album at those respective places.

Beside each track, there is an arrow pointing down and a play button. The down arrow will allow you to immediately download a single track and the play button allows you to stream it. You can click more tracks to see an entire track listing of the album.

The folder icon beside the Even Flow track represents that I’ve already downloaded that song. All music is streamed internally using MP3jam’s built-in player.

At the top-right of the interface, there is a cog that represents the application’s settings.

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From this window, you can change the location of your downloaded music, language preference, and check for application updates.

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All downloads are able to be paused. When downloading, your time remaining is also shown. Every track that you’ve downloaded through MP3jam can be accessed through the user-specified folder or the Downloads tab within the application itself.

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Please be advised that you’re responsible for the way you use MP3jam! Depending on your country, certain use of this application may or may not be legal. We trust that you’ll use discretion when downloading MP3jam.

MP3jam is what you get when you take Spotify and mash it together with Songr. Which of the three applications is your favorite? All three are awesome and I’ll leave that decision up to you guys. Let us know in the comments section below!

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Jesse Manalansan

Thank you for sharing this with us!! :)
Way more better than Songr .. :D

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ha14

this looks nicer on the screen.

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Tara Moser

looks like i might give it a try.

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Alan Wade

I see this going from strengh to strengh!
There was a couple of tracks (obscure stuff) that came back as currently unavailable but nothing to whine about.
I listened to covers that I havnt heard of before – very interesting.

Hopefully they will release a couple of skins, dont like the pink that much but all in all a great alternative to spotify AND you can download the tracks/albums!
Will it stay free I wonder…

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Austen Gause

the governments probably going to go after them.

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vineed gangadharan

will try it out for sure,,,thanks for sharing :)

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Gerald Huber

I am going to check this out. I use spotify Free now but lately it feels like its plays the same ten songs over and over.

I also am not a fan of the skin/ color on this but im sure it will be able to be changed soon.

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Nicola De Ieso

This app is better than Songr at the first impressions

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jasray

Portable? If not, then it can’t replace anything, only an additional tool.

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Gideon Waxfarb

I give ‘em a month before they’re shut down (unfortunately).

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James Cameron

I downloaded this and tried to listen to (i.e. stream but not download) about 20 different tracks. Every single one was returned as “Track not available.” Not impressed.

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Alexander

I have the same issue :/ Not sure if the problem is my antivirus software or MP3jam’s software

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Mac Witty

Installed it on a friends computer last week – seems very user friendly

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

What do you mean may or may not be legal? Where does a praticular song come from?

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Patrick

at the bottom of their page: “Free Mp3jam collects content from YouTube. The use of Free MP3jam is governed by the program EULA terms”

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Guest

I still use BeeMP3.com, which doesn’t require you to download any programs, because it’s just a website. And you still can’t beat BitTorrent (regardless of legality) for downloads of CD-quality FLAC and high-bitrate MP3 files.

Or just download a YouTube video and demux (split) the audio and video streams. Sites like KeepVid and its sister site SnipMP3 allow you to do this on-site (requires Java), while Firefox addons like Video Download Helper, YouTube Video Downloader, and various GreaseMonkey scripts do this for you in-browser. JDownloader, which is commonly associated with downloading from file share sites like Rapidshare and Mediafire, works with YouTube too. It allows you to download all formats separately (different qualities and file formats, such as HD .mp4 and standard definition .flv, along with the audio .mp3) en masse. If you just download the video as is, you can demux it using a program like AviDemux, VLC, or FFMPEG (and GUI counterpart WinFF).