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.
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.
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 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!