In the first post on making the switch to a Chromebook I spoke of my desire to first find out if it’ll all works. It’s not nothing to go from doing everything local on your pc or laptop using our trusted applications to doing everything online using nothing but apps. Is there an app for everything? And does that mean added costs, or are those free? Time to find out.
Today I want to take a look at what the deal is with music, music in the cloud to be exact. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably have an extensive music collection containing hundreds of albums and thousands of songs which you don’t want to give up on. Many of these I bought years ago on CD and imported them later into iTunes. I really don’t want to lose them, and there’s no way I’m gonna pay for ‘m again moving into the cloud.
The search for an online equivalent to my own music collection was worth it however. Not only is it possible to find virtually any song or artist you’ll ever want to listen to, there are good services letting you listen to them for free!
The only decision here is more about which service to go with then if you’d wanna stick to your local solution or not. Because let’s face it, unless you’re an uber-geek that has all his (or her) stuff synced over the web using your own server there’s really no reason not to go with the cloud option.
Considering the different services out there I kept these questions in mind:
– Can I upload my current collection?
– Can I purchase music in their store?
– Can I use my mobile device with this service?
– Does it have an intuitive interface?
– Is there a web app in the Chrome Web Store?
– What are the costs?
I myself choose to go with Grooveshark. Grooveshark is an online jukebox service. You can search for artists and add them to your own playlist, of which you can create new ones endlessly. Next to having access to all the big international names in entertainment there are many local artists as well. Great for when you look for none US artists. It’s a completely web-based player and management interface and, it has web app in the Chrome web store.
Uploading your own collection is not an issue. Once you join you will receive a welcome mail with a link for you to upload your own collection. To test this, I randomly selected 87 songs to upload. It should take you a few clicks and you’re good to go. It is a slick, easy process to click through. After that it is, depending on your connection a long, long wait until there uploaded.
Here’s a list of all the services I took a look at. You should really check ‘m all out. For now I’m going with Grooveshark, but that might change. Competition is fierce.
- mSpot Music
- Spotify (no web app as far as I can find out)
- MOG music
- Google Music
- Audio Tool
- ShownToMe Music
- Mix Cloud
So far my first steps into cloud computing via the Chrome browser have been awesome. I never thought that the number of services out there, and the quality they offer, would be this mature. Switching my music to the cloud has been a breeze and really enhanced the way I enjoy music. I now have my collection available where ever I am, not just at home anymore. My next post will be about watching movies online. If music is anything to go by, that also will blow my socks off!
I’d love to hear what your experiences are. Both with music and movies.
Have fun Chroming and until next time!