Google has been a little busy sending out invitations for its cloud storage service, but that hasn’t stopped others from rolling out the same. If you’re still waiting for that invite, you might want to check out a new service from mSpot. Actually, there are two new services that work hand in hand. The first is that cloud storage service. The second is streaming radio. You might like your Pandora or Slacker — even the new Slacker Premium — but mSpot’s streaming service adds a personal twist that the others don’t quite have. The cloud storage works as you might expect. You can head over to mspot.com and sign up for a free account. From there you can upload your music, up to 5GB for free. After you download the Android app, you can access those songs from the cloud. This is clearly a feature that we’ll see more of in the coming months and years. Everyone seems to be releasing a cloud storage service, since it means streaming without using on-device memory. mSpot is also offering a premium plan, which allows you to upload 40GB and access those songs from up to five mobile devices (from the free plan you get just one device). That costs $3.99 per month, which is pretty reasonable given the cost of other music services. What really interests me about mSpot is its new Radio Spotter, which is a streaming radio service. That might not sound much different from what we see from so many other apps. But this has an interesting twist, since it determines your tastes based on the music you upload. This is easier for the user than defining the bands and genres you enjoy. With mSpot you can skip all that and move right onto the listening part. As long as it doesn’t play too many songs from your actual locker — that would pretty much defeat the purpose — it figures to provide a personalized radio station on the level of Pandora and Slacker. In addition, mSpot has its own collection of genre-based streaming radio stations. With these you can flag a song, so that you can purchase it later. This works right with the Amazon MP3 store, which you very well might have on your Android device already. It also provides lyrics for songs, which is another popular feature. Basically, mSpot takes features from other popular music services and combines them into one. It certainly has its shortcomings, but as a free offering I haven’t seen much better. Once you sign up for your free account at mspot.com, head to the Market to download the mSpot app. From there you should be off and running.
mSpot brings cloud storage and streaming music service to Android
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