Upload all your music to the web somewhere, then access it on your phone. Sounds simple enough, but legal red tape and spotty network connections have a funny way of impeding progress sometimes. If you’re an Android user, though, you might want to give mSpot a whirl now that it’s out of beta.
You sign up at the site and then download a little background program that runs on your PC or Mac, monitoring certain folders you designate for new music that gets uploaded to mSpot’s servers. You can play back your music online at mSpot.com or download the mobile app from the Android Market.
I took mSpot for a spin this morning and found it to be pretty straightforward. You get 2GB of free storage to start out, and while the desktop program will upload all your music (up to 2GB unless you pay for more space), the Android app won’t download music until you tap on a song to play it.
Songs that haven’t been downloaded to your phone appear with their titles grayed out but start playing almost instantly when you want to listen to them. Any songs that have been transferred to your device become available if you’re in an area where you can’t get a signal.
As of 3:30 Monday afternoon, the servers are slammed so I’m not able to even sign back in to keep testing out the rest of the features but the initial setup and transfer process was relatively painless. You’ll need a phone running Android 2.1 or higher and, of course, transfer speeds will depend on your signal strength and network speed.
Pricing is free for 2GB of storage, $2.99 per month for 10GB, $4.99 for 20GB, $9.99 for 50GB, and tops out at $13.99 per month for 100GB.
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