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stream-your-music If you have a lot of music, carrying around all of it on an external hard drive may become a hassle, and maybe you would like to just be able to go somewhere else and listen to your music wherever you want. If this is the case, probably the best option you have is to stream your music online.

There are many ways of doing this, probably the most reliable way being to have your own media server. This though may be impractical for smaller archives of music or for sharing music on a limited scale. Thus, today I intend on showing you some of the best sites to access your music on-the-go with limited effort.

(There have been other posts on this subject on MakeUseOf here Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center (Part 1) Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center (Part 1) Read More and here Using Your Linux Computer as a Media Server (Part 2) Using Your Linux Computer as a Media Server (Part 2) Read More .)

MediaMaster

MediaMaster

MediaMaster is one of the best sites for setting up your own streaming music online. The amount of features are immense and, fortunately, signing up is easy.  Once you are in, you have the ability to view recently uploaded music, community related material, as well as the ability to upload your own music.

Formats currently supported include: MP3, M4A, non-lossless WMA, Ogg/Vorbis, WAV, Musepack V7 and FLAC. Once uploaded, music can be viewed through your library, edited, or added to a radio station and played whenever you like.

One cool feature of MediaMaster that most sites similar to it don’t have, is the social-networking aspect. You can add friends, listen to friend’s radio stations, rate them, etc. MediaMaster goes even farther to give you the ability to customize your profile, which adds more options. I highly recommend trying it out.

blueTunes

blueTunes

blueTunes is quite similar to MediaMaster, with an extremely simple user interface. With such a simple interface though, are not as many features. Such as the ability to only upload MP3’s, a larger array of options need to exist that do not yet. If all you need to do is listen to a small amount of music or don’t really intend on sharing your music, blueTunes may be your best option.

While features are limited, blueTunes is improving and adding more features, such as recommendations based on your songs, blueTunes facebook app, $.01 per song requirement (after your free 100 songs), playlists, etc.

MP3tunes

MP3 Tunes

MP3tunes is another extremely feature filled online streaming site that really is paving the way for the future of online music. One thing that sets MP3tunes away from many other online streaming sites, is the ability to sync your music on nearly any electronic device connected to the internet.

With such a wide array of devices come even more options, such as: recommendations, auto sync with a computer, plug-ins, etc. Uploading is easy with their new BETA drag-and-drop uploader, and listening to your music is, obviously, even easier. With a free account, you receive 2GB of space for music (approximately 400 songs), yet you can also upgrade to a premium plan for 50GB of space (approximately 10,000 songs.)

Another extremely neat feature of MP3tunes is their webload feature. Webload allows users to upload any song from around the web with a URL, obviously saving time when downloading songs and then uploading them. There is even a developer API if you would like to go even further and get your music onto devices that aren’t compatible. If features and access to your music virtually anywhere is what you are looking for, then MP3tunes may be your best choice.

Hopefully this helps some of you find the best place to store your music online! What do you use to access your music everywhere? Tell us in the comments!

  1. katheryn
    November 11, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I've recently signed up to a new site called Kerchoonz that lets you stream, make playlists, and download music. There are a lot of indie acts and a lot of major acts on that site already and I was one of the first to sign up to their beta to check it out. You can add video and audio to your playlist and the bands get paid when you listen. It's kind of like myspace and youtube and facebook and there are also a lot of extras like a 'digg news' section that let's you post links to interesting stories and blogs. It does just about everything I think. So it may be interesting for you to check out. The only thing that it doesn't seem to have yet is music recommendation and like a audio search. But in their newsletter it's something Kerchoonz is developing, so, if it is as good as the rest of the site is, I think it's going to be great. I like it because it focuses on paying indie artists and it's free for regular peeps like me.
    thanks for writing this, I will check out these services MP3tunes sounds interesting. I'm glad that the music business is making sites like Kerchoonz and we7 and mp3tunes. It's great.

  2. We7Steve
    November 10, 2008 at 11:13 am

    we7.com is a free music site which is easier to use and safer than piracy. You can stream all the music you want, on demand and because we've signed deals with all four majors and hundreds of indie labels, so you can play pretty much anything you want instantly.

    Steve - We7

  3. Kendall
    November 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    @Alek Davis --

    To answer your question.... yes. MP3tunes gives you a storage locker and you can put files into it and take files out of it. There is a free software tool called LockerSync (www.mp3tunes.com/downloads) that works on Mac / Windows / Linux that you can use to transfer music to and from your Locker. Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions.

    • Alek Davis
      November 8, 2008 at 12:24 am

      Cool, thanks. I'll give it a try.

  4. The Windows Fix
    November 7, 2008 at 10:57 am

    There seems to be several of these out there, but it's nice to see a few of the top ones reviewed. I can't remember the one that I was using previously, but it worked fantastic....I'll have to get to you on it.

  5. Gokhiel
    November 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Woww..nice tool..thanks for the info ..:)

  6. kuros
    November 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    my concern with these websites is who knows how long will they be around?

  7. Dokay
    November 6, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    If you don't mind leaving your computer turned on then using Winamp Remote is an easy way of accessing your music from anywhere with a connection, it even streams videos, although it does not work as good as with music, you only need to make a free account and password on which you use on their website anywhere. Orb.com is the same thing but uses more system resources (for accessing pictures) so i use Winamp Remote.

  8. Jack
    November 6, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I haven't tried these that you mentioned, but lala.com is awesome!

    • Will Mueller
      November 6, 2008 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks. I will definitely check that out.

    • Steve
      December 9, 2009 at 12:23 pm

      I am not so CRAZY about this Lala ..........!

      Steve

  9. Alek Davis
    November 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Do any of these allow users to download (not just upload) their own music files? The major problem with the like services (you could've included Deezer and Imeem to your list) is that you can upload a track, but there is no way to download it back. So far, the only service I found that allows downloading your own tracks is TunesBag, but they're currently in private beta, so I don't know how easy it is to get an account (I got an invitation in a couple of days of submitting a request, but can't tell if this is typical).

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