mSpot lets you store all of your music in the cloud and stream it to any computer or mobile device.
Music streaming services have been cropping up all over the place lately, so veteran mSpot decided to add more free storage to its service to stay competitive.
Where mSpot is ahead of the competition is the variety of easy settings it offers to cache music on your mobile device if you never feel like syncing with iTunes.
mSpot can automatically sync your iTunes library to the cloud so you can access it on the go and even choose what you want to sync to your mobile device.
So–mSpot specialises in cloud music storage, not cloud storage in general (like Amazon, SugarSync, Dropbox, and more), so its product is very easy to use and optimised for music listening.
Another standout feature is that mSpot gives you 5GB for free, but we love their offer for 40GB for $3.99/month plan even more. It’s a great value.
The next thing to do is open the installer (for Windows) or drag the mSpot icon to the Applications folder shortcut (for Mac). Once you've installed the application, launch it from your Applications folder.
Once you finish installation, mspot.com should open up in your browser. If not, click the link to head to your online music library.
Click the new menu bar icon to find out how far along your uploads are, and to change preferences in your account.
This the mSpot music player home. Your currently playing song appears up top, and songs that are currently being uploaded appear in grey. Double click a song to listen to it, or click a column to reorganize your music.
By clicking the L in the music player bar, you can access lyrics to the song you're currently listening to. A convenient feature, but we wouldn't really miss it.
You can try experimenting with different streaming settings, but if you're experiencing lag or trouble at higher settings, bring it back down to 'Good.'
We got in touch with mSpot and they informed us that Good streams your music at 48Kbps AAC+, Better at 64Kbps AAC+, and Best is 96Kbps AAC+.
We tried out the different bitrates, and surprisingly, 48Kbps sounded pretty good. If you'll be plugging your device into a set of speakers, probably best to select Better or Best.
Now it's time to download the mobile app. Find it in the App Store (or Android Market) and tap it to launch the app.
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