The rumors have been circling for quite a while about an official iTunes cloud solution that makes streaming your music anywhere at anytime a reality. While we do think it’s inevitable that iTunes will one day ride the cloud, those who are getting impatient now have an unofficial option.

mSpot is that option. An app that has been around for a while on other platforms, but just recently landed on the iPhone.

mSpot makes all of your unfulfilled fantasies about iTunes cloud storage come true; right now you can store 2GB of your music, and download the official mPlayer app free of charge. For those of you with larger music collections (note: like, everyone), mSpot offers you a fairly generous 40GB worth of storage for $3.99 a month…

How It Works

To get the whole shebang working, you’ll need to download the mSpot client to your computer and setup a new account. The client runs in the background and performs tasks like monitoring your iTunes library, and of course uploading music to the cloud.

All of your file management is done via a browser window. I did notice that mSpot is a bit taxing on system resources, but that may just be because I’m using a Chrome beta browser.

Next you’ll need to download the iPhone app, and enter the same account info you entered into the desktop client, and from there it just works. You can choose to have the app download each song and store it in cache, or you can choose the streaming only option.

Even when going the streaming only route over 3G, my music played fairly quickly.

Not Quite Ready For Primetime

Overall, mSpot works decently, but it’s a somewhat unpolished experience thus far. For one, there’s a noticeable lack of landscape support, which takes things down another couple of notches, along with jerky touch functionality.

Lastly, the desktop app isn’t very intuitive at all, and the syncing itself seems to suffer from a few bugs when it comes to filtering the music you want to sync.

mSpot is an okay app to take for a spin, if nothing more than to see what iTunes will be like once it finally does feature cloud syncing. For those of you who are really serious about the cloud, you’d be better off waiting until Apple comes along with a more polished product.

You can download mSpot today from the App Store for free. Will you give it a go?

UPDATE: Uninstalling and reinstalling a few times made the backgrounding work like it should, so I’ve removed that note in the article.

  • Erik

    How is the sounds quality? Any idea what bitrate it streams at?

    • Sound quality is on par with HQ Pandora streaming. Not sure about the bitrate as of yet. Let me do some digging around.

      • Okay, it’s reportedly 48kbps AAC+. It sounds fairly decent, but this was just listening from the speaker. Can’t really tell much from that.

      • Erik

        I got it set up. Sounds good through speaker, but Ill have to give a go in the car on the way home for the real test. For what its worth, it seems to be playing in the background just fine for me. I added 4 songs totaling 26mb and after you download them to the phone, they are 9.7mb. So like you said, there is some loss in quality I’m sure. This is still an exciting app to play with.

  • I just reinstalled a couple of times, and that seemed to make the backgrounding work. Bizarre, but I noted that in the article. The app is a little quirky and jerky for me.

  • Freebo

    Let’s hope Spotify launches in US soon. It’s a gods gift, I promise 🙂

  • Interesting…AAC+ is a great codec but most devices do not support it. I wonder how the sound quality is compared to Didiom’s 128kbps.

  • daniel

    There are so many apps that do this … how is this better (for streaming)? [zumocast, etc]

  • Instead I went with Audiogalaxy. It’s free and there’s no limit on space. Plus, I’ve been using it for the past hour and it’s excellent. Just saved 8 gigs worth of space on my iPad.

  • Condios

    So, let met get this straight:

    “and of course uploading music to the cloud”

    meaning:
    a) I donate these mp3’s to the guys running the service (MAN, I WOULD LIKE TO WORK THERE!)
    b) I will pay for donating even more of my mp3 collection to them
    c) somewhere in the nearer future – if you folow Steve Jobs’ ideas – there will be no more records selling, but renting of the streaming servers by Apple and other media companies.

    Euh… sorry, guys, I’m not jumping on this bandwagon. I want my mp3’s, on my disk, with me. I think this is the beginning of “give up your rights to own music”.

    • Andy

      I know this is kind of late in the game to be replying to this, but I was looking up music streaming and stumbled across this, and felt I had to reply to this post. As a professional musician myself, I can tell you that music is not something you, or anyone for that matter, owns. Music is not property. Music is feeling and expression that inspires and should be enjoyed, also shared. These cloud based services are just a way of making it easier and more efficient to get more music more of the time. Jump on it or not, this is where the industry is heading, a Public ‘Library’ of online, cloud based material. Not only music, but also all other forms of media. Owning a right to listen to it doesn’t make the experience of the song any better.