Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Your Music Goes Wireless

Now, even more devices connect you to the music and video in your MP3tunes Locker. Today, we're happy to announce the addition of EZAir Wireless products, featuring the EZView. It's ideal for an economical way to wirelessly connect your computer to your home entertainment system. In minutes you can enjoy the personal video and music in your locker on your TV with the best speakers in the house. For a limited time, buy an EZView at a specially discounted price, and get a Premium 50 Locker for free!

Check it out: http://ezairwireless.com/mp3tunes

To read the Press Release, click here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Major system improvements

MP3tunes is nearing a million users and our original system and architecture was struggling with the load. We're happy to announce we've done a major upgrade to increase the capacity in anticipation of the next 9 million users. One of the benefits is that you should experience faster browsing and searching for your music on all your MP3tunes connected devices. We hope you'll enjoy it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Your music locker is now your MEDIA locker

Now you can upload your personal videos to your MP3tunes Locker. You can view your videos in a web browser wherever you go. This is great for saving footage of your daughter's soccer game or your friend's rockin' party. But, it gets so much better.....

Not only can you upload your personal videos, you can share them with your friends and family with just a click!

Here's how you can add (and share) videos from your MP3tunes Media Locker:

1.) First, you have to add some videos to your Locker. There are 3 ways you can do this:
2.) Now, choose the video to send. Log in to mp3tunes.com and locate the videos you uploaded. Click the icon next to the video and select "Send to...."

3.) Type your friend's email address and click "Send". That's it! The Locker will send your friend or family member an email with a link to your video.

Try it out now!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Battle of the WebOS Apps!

We are happy to announce two new options for HP WebOS customers. If you have a Palm Pre or Palm Pixi phone you can now listen to your MP3tunes Locker on the go. Earlier this year HP bought Palm and they have announced plans to roll out a bunch of new phones, tablets, and devices running WebOS. So, by the end of the year, we expect to see a whole bunch of new WebOS devices that work with MP3tunes.

We encourage you to install both of these apps and try them out. Find the one you like best and let us know what you think.

You can install both of these apps directly from the Palm App Catalog:

Application Name: MP3tunesBeta2
Developer: Elvin Ibbotson
Contact: support@alittle.org.uk

Application Name: MP3 Tunes for WebOS Beta
Developer: Jesse Bowden
Contact: support@magicappsonline.com

Monday, October 4, 2010

MP3tunes for Android -- Now Even Better!

If you haven't tried the MP3tunes app for Android you don't know what you're missing. A recent update delivers even more musical right to your Android phone. Here are some new and improved features:

-- 2 GB of free online storage (with more available!)

-- Browse by Artist, Album or Playlist

-- Play an instant mix of your favorite music with "Shuffle"

-- Download music to your phone

-- Upload music from your phone

-- Bigger album artwork

--- Display upcoming track

-- Fast forward, rewind, unlimited playback

Just search the Android Market for "MP3tunes" and install the program. You can test it out by logging in with the demo account (username/password: demo). To upload your own music: go to MP3tunes.com and sign up for a free account. Then, upload some of your music using our simple web-based file mover. Now, log in to your Android app and listen to all your favorite music wherever you go. Check out this video to learn more about listening to your iTunes music on Android:

Buy it on iTunes -- Listen on Android

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MP3tunes is coming to WebOS!

MP3tunes is working on a new player for WebOS. We need beta testers who have Palm Pre (or newer) devices. If you have a Palm and want to help test and offer feedback then please send email to webos@mp3tunes.com

Update (Oct. 13th, 2010):
Install it now!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Looking for iPhone beta testers

We've been working on a new version of the iPhone app (Airband) and we are looking for some beta testers. If you have an iPhone and/or an iPod touch you can email us your Unique Device ID (UDID) and we'll add you to the list of testers. We'll send you instructions and a copy of the new software to try. But, in order to tests, we need your unique device ID. Here's how to find it:

1. Connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes.
2. In iTunes, select your device in the ‘Devices’ section and navigate to the Summary tab.
3. Click on the Serial Number label to reveal the Identifier field and the 40 character UDID.
4. Press Control+C to copy the UDID to your clipboard. (Use Command+C on a Mac)

Email your UDID to: support@mp3tunes.com

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Want An Apple TV Right Now? Buy A Roku

TechCrunch reacts to the Apple TV announcement:

"The new Apple TV, is, well, boring. Sorry, it is. But more on that later. Right now, I thought I should point out that there’s already a well-developed product on the market that not only competes directly with the new Apple TV, but in many ways, is vastly superior: The Roku."

Check out the full post here: Want An Apple TV Right Now? Buy A Roku

The best news?
Your MP3tunes locker already works with the Roku!
Get all your iTunes music on your TV today.

Upload iTunes music to your MP3tunes locker with a web browser

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

iPhone developers wanted!

We are currently looking for iPhone developers to continue work on a project called Airband. There are a few bug fixes and some requests for new features. If you are familiar with iPhone development and are interested in working on this project please drop us an email.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blazing fast web player!

We've made our web based music player even faster! Our engineers have optimized our web player to make your music listening even faster. Try clicking rewind/fast forward to experience the speed improvements.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

mSpot vs. MP3tunes

Friday, July 30, 2010

Add iTunes music with one click!

There's a great new way to upload your iTunes music to your locker and you don't have to even download software! Just point your web browser to http://mp3tunes.com/uploader

Upload your iTunes music and playlists with just a click. After you upload your iTunes music you can listen on the web, on your iPhone, on your Android phone, on your Logitech Radio and even on your TV.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MP3tunes and Roku Partner To Bring Personal iTunes Music Collection To TVs

An Industry First: No PC or home server required to play iTunes music libraries on Home Entertainment Systems

San Diego, CA - For the first time, music lovers can play their personal iTunes music collection on their TV without a home server. Roku, the market leader in streaming entertainment devices has added expanded support for personal music collections with the addition of MP3tunes. Available now on all Roku players, the MP3tunes channel connects securely to a customer's personal music stored online in their MP3tunes Locker. After a few simple steps to connect and sync music to a web-based locker, any Roku becomes a rich music player.

"Now customers can get their music library to their TV without the complexity or cost of a home server," said Michael Robertson, CEO of MP3tunes. "For less than $100, iTunes users or any music enthusiast can turn a TV into a home stereo and take advantage of the best speakers in their house."

Roku customers can find the free MP3tunes channel in the Roku channel store. By adding this channel to their Roku, customers can access their song libraries and playlists which have historically been available only on their PC in iTunes or portable players which they sync. The MP3tunes channel defaults to a one-click shuffle mode, which immediately plays a random mix of music along with a visual display of accompanying cover art. Customers may choose to browse their music and select artists, albums or playlists to hear.

All Roku customers receive 10GB of free storage space for their music which, on average, will store music libraries up to 2,500 songs. Additional storage for larger music collections is available with MP3tunes premium locker accounts up to 200GBs. For a limited time, customers may also buy a Roku player with a $30 discount and get a free MP3tunes Premium Locker. See www.mp3tunes.com/rokubundle for more information.

"Roku customers are increasingly taking advantage of streaming music services, and now with MP3tunes we are giving them access to their full iTunes music library right on the TV," said Jim Funk, vice president of business development for Roku, Inc. "In addition to being a terrific video player with support for Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, and a whole host of other great sports and entertainment content, the Roku player is also a gateway to rich audio entertainment thanks to MP3tunes."

By choosing Roku as its first launch partner in the home entertainment category, MP3tunes joins major streaming services like Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Amazon Video On Demand (Nasdaq: AMZN), MLB.TV, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. The Roku digital video player joins a growing family of devices that play music from a secure MP3tunes locker including Apple iPhone, iTouch, Google Android and Logitech radios. MP3tunes' unique open music API (www.mp3tunes.com/api) allows any net aware device for car, home, mobile to play a personal music collection.

A video tour of the service can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/mp3tunes#p/u/6/ctn4Dx0IGPE

About MP3tunes:
Based in San Diego, California, MP3tunes was launched in February of 2005 by CEO and founder Michael Robertson (founder of MP3.com). MP3tunes is a Music Service Provider (MSP) and the home of the MP3tunes Locker: the only secure, online music space to feature unlimited listening. With just a couple clicks, Locker users can sync their personal digital music and videos up to "the cloud" to enjoy from any web browser and a wide variety of mobile and home entertainment devices. The MP3tunes Locker is available in an ad-supported Free edition and in Premium levels with more storage space, support for larger media files, and full customer support. www.mp3tunes.com

About Roku, Inc.
The market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV, Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Over half a million happy customers later, Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value. Roku is privately held and based in Saratoga, Calif. For more information on the company and its products, visit: http://www.roku.com.

iTunes is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

Monday, July 12, 2010

MP3tunes Launches "Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere"

New initiative offers cable-free syncing of music between Apple and Google devices

SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- MP3tunes has launched the new generation of personal cloud music which makes all popular music stores and music devices work together seamlessly. "Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere" makes it possible for the first time to buy music from all popular digital music vendors and play them on a wide variety of music devices regardless of vendor.

"Apple wants to lock you into their store and devices," said Michael Robertson, founder and CEO of MP3tunes. "But what's best for consumer is to be able to shop at any store and use it with any device and that's what is now possible with MP3tunes' Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere." (For more information, please see www.michaelrobertson.com.)

For example, a user can buy a song using their Android phone, and be able to listen to it within minutes on their iPod touch. (See this in action at http://www.youtube.com/mp3tunes#p/a/u/0/7Uzi3c20FxI). Conversely, songs purchased from iTunes on a PC can be played almost immediately on an Android phone (View this video at http://www.youtube.com/mp3tunes#p/u/3/gtjjBrGpu4M). In both cases, no cable connection or traditional syncing is needed to move or listen to the music.

Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere works with these digital music stores:
  • iTunes
  • AmazonMP3
  • Napster
  • Walmart
  • Zune
  • 7digital
  • Rhapsody
  • ShockHound
And the service is compatible with these devices:
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPod touch
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Dream
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Legend
  • HTC Magic
  • HTC Tattoo
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • Google Nexus One
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Backflip
  • Motorola CLIQ
  • myTouch 3G Slide
  • Droid Incredible
  • Logitech Squeezebox
  • RCA internet radios
  • Reciva internet radios
Updated iPhone and Android applications are available now for all users:
  • www.mp3tunes.com/android - The updated Android app features automatic downloading of songs during listening as well as improved graphics and faster playback.
  • www.mp3tunes.com/iphone - The recently improved Airband app lets users stream their music from a Locker, saving space on iPhones or iPod touches for more apps, photos, etc.

Michael Robertson, michael@mp3tunes.com, 858-344-6911

About MP3tunes:

Based in San Diego, California, MP3tunes was launched in February of 2005 by CEO and founder Michael Robertson (founder of MP3.com). MP3tunes is a Music Service Provider (MSP) and the home of the MP3tunes Locker: the only secure, online music space to feature unlimited listening. With just a couple clicks, Locker users can sync their personal digital music and videos up to "the cloud" to enjoy from any web browser and a wide variety of mobile and home entertainment devices. The MP3tunes Locker is available in an ad-supported Free edition and in Premium levels with more storage space, support for larger media files, and full customer support. www.mp3tunes.com

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What is YOUR most played song?

What song do you listen to the most? Which are in your Top 10? It's easy to find out if you've got a MP3tunes Locker! Just log in and point your browser to mp3tunes.com/stats. This will show a list of your favorites and how many times you played each track. You can even listen to your songs right there by clicking the "play" button.

If you don't already have a MP3tunes Locker you can sign up for free: mp3tunes.com/signup. Then head over to mp3tunes.com/upload to start adding your own music.

Friday, June 25, 2010

All your favorites are just one click away

We've added a new feature called Most Played. Now you can hear all of your favorite songs with one click. Just log into your MP3tunes account and click on "Playlists" on the left-hand side. You can also get there by pointing your browser to mp3tunes.com/mostplayed. Check out this YouTube video for info:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Logitech Radio: World's First Internet Boombox

Check out Michael Robertson's blog for a review of the Logitech Squeezebox Radio with accessory pack (battery and remote control). Logitech devices all support the MP3tunes music locker so you can listen online without having to run a separate PC. His tests revealed that the device got more than 8 hours of battery life. Adding a battery and remote turns a tethered-at-home stereo component into a take-it-anywhere Wifi boombox.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Get your 10 GB Locker now

The queue is continuing to grow. Everyone is asking about our new 10 GB music locker. All requests are processed on a first-come-first-served basis. So, what are you waiting for? Just go to mp3tunes.com/invite and add your name to the VIP list today. After your account is upgraded we'll send you an email to let you know.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Start playing music faster

Lots of customers have told us that they would like to get to their music faster. For example, Mike N. from Ontario Canada wrote and said: "I love your player and your service. But, if I had one complaint, it would be that it takes too long to get my music playing. Can you speed this up?" Well, we heard you Mike.

We have made some significant improvements to our web player. When you are logged in to MP3tunes you now go right to the web player. No more extra clicks. We've also set it up so that your favorite songs begin playing automatically. You just have to point your browser to http://mp3tunes.com and you've got instant music from your Locker.

We've also made improvements to how the tracks load. When you fast forward (or rewind) between tracks the song starts playing instantly. No more delays or lag. It's just... click, click, click. Snappy! We've done some testing and found the new web interface to be at least 300% faster. We invite you to check it out for yourself. We want to deliver the best music experience possible when it comes to cloud music.

Try it now by going to http://mp3tunes.com/

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Less Robot - More Human

Our experiment with fully customizable radio called byo.fm illicited lots of feedback. One nifty feature is that you can have articles read to you which means a degree of customization far beyond what other audio channels allow. To read the articles we use TTS (text to speech). These voices attempt to speak as well as humans but users reported version 1 as being too robotic. Working with our partner we have improved the voices making them more natural and handling proper nouns better. Go build your own byo.fm station (it's free) or if you're already created one give it a listen on the web or Android client. A new version of the Apple client will support it coming out shortly.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Infinite Music

You know our goal at MP3tune is 'your music everywhere' but we also want to help you get music flowing to your ears and keep it flowing with a minimum of work on your part. With this in mind we just added a new feature we call "Infinite Playlist". The way it works is that you can start the music anyway you like (search for a favorite, select a playlist, or click the Random/Newest songs playlist).

When play back of that song(s) finishes, your locker will automatically find similar songs and automatically play them. When that list concludes the process starts again so you get an infinite flow of music.

After you have uploaded more than 250 songs, we're able to match songs to whatever genre or style you're playing using our 'fingerprint' technology. [NOTE: If you don't have enough songs in your locker then the web player will select a random list of songs to keep the music flowing.]

Other services may stop the music if you listen too often or periodically halt playback unless you interact with the system, but MP3tunes has no such limit and wants you to enjoy "always-on" music. We built this feature into the web player first but if the feedback is good we're going to expand this functionality to the iPhone/iPod, Android, and other clients.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Get 10 GB for FREE

Beginning this week, MP3tunes will be offering a substantial 10GBs of music storage for free - enough to hold about 2,000 MP3 files. The goal is to store every internet user's music collection in the cloud and make it available everywhere they want to listen. This will require a massive expansion of our system but we're ready to make the jump from hundreds of thousands of users to tens of millions. If you'd like to receive an invitation, please get on the list here.

Increasing the free storage by 5X will create a surge in traffic. To manage the demand and growth we will be metering out invites to keep the flow manageable and to make sure we can offer an uninterrupted experience to existing users. Our team will be constantly monitoring storage and deploying more servers on a daily basis to handle the increased usage, so if you request an invite please be patient while we get to your request.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

MP3tunes 31% Faster!

We've been on a quest to make accessing your MP3tunes music library faster. On mobile phones where slow data connections abound it can be slow to browse your music collection so we've re-engineered certain parts of the MP3tunes system to focus on efficiency and improve speed. We just launched this new technology so devices connected to MP3tunes such as Android mobile phones and internet radios (Logitech, RCA, Reciva, etc) should see an immediate speed boost when browsing your music library. We've measure this and seen noticeable improvements around 30%. We have even more improvements planned for the future. The goal is to make cloud music as fast as your PC.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Build Your Own (BYO) Radio

We're excited to tell you about a new idea that we've been working on behind-the-scenes here at MP3tunes. It's a project we call "byo.fm" (which can mean build-your-own or bring-your-own radio).

Imagine having a customized radio station that plays all of your favorite songs as well as news, weather, sports, and more. We just launched this site today and are starting to beta test. We will be announcing it to the general public in the future but, we wanted you to know about it first. We would love to hear what you think about the concept.

The good news is that if you already have a MP3tunes account then your BYO station is ready to go! You just have to go through the BYO sign-up wizard the first time to configure your preferences. Then, you can start listening to your own station immediately. (Most new customers will have to upload their music before they can listen).

1. Go to http://www.byo.fm and click the "Audition your Music DJ" link.
2. On the sign up page where it says "Already have an account?" type in your MP3tunes email address and password.
3. Next, select all of your DJs and set your preferences. When you are done you should see a "My Station" page where you can listen to your music along with news, sports, weather, and more.


You can send your feedback to: support@byo.fm

Let us know what you think. Did you find any bugs? Do you have a suggestion for a new feature or source? Let us know!

One other thing that MP3tunes customers might be interested in is the new Locker upload software that we're working on called "Station Builder". (You can download it from the byo.fm web site). This program allows you to drag and drop files from your computer and easily upload them to your Locker. We are still in the early stages and there are bound to be bugs. If you find some please let us know.

We'd love hear your feedback. Let us know how byo.fm works for you!

The MP3tunes Team

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MP3tunes Mobile Locker Tips and Tricks

If you have an Android phone or device we invite you to check out the FREE software that lets you listen to your MP3tunes music locker. Just go to the Android Market on your phone and search for "mp3tunes". Once you have it installed, just type your MP3tunes username and password and you have instant mobile access to your entire music locker! Learn more about the MP3tunes Mobile Locker for Android.

A lot of people have written to tell us how much they enjoy listening to their music on the go. We decided to post some tips and tricks that will make your experience even better:

  1. Download songs

    This is a recently added feature. (You can find out what version you're running by opening the Android Market and going to the "Downloads" tab. Then click MP3tunes and scroll down to find the number.) Starting in version 1.0.22 (alpha) we added a "Download" option. To find it, just navigate to a list of tracks. Then long-press on a track name and you'll see a new menu appear. Click on "Add track to local storage" to download.

    After the song finishes downloading you can navigate to the Android Media Player (called "Music") and the songs will be stored on your phone's local memory card. You can then use the Android media player to listen to songs even if you don't have a network connection. We plan to do a lot of work on this feature so stay tuned!

    The Android Media Player:

  2. Stop playing a song

    Another feature that we recently added is the ability to stop a song. You can see this option on the MP3tunes Mobile Locker Player screen. There is a square, 'STOP' button next to the play/pause button. Clicking this will stop the track and return you to the list of songs.

  3. This feature is actually located in two places: if you go to the Android menu button, you will also see an option to stop the currently playing track:

  4. Close the MP3tunes Mobile Locker program
    Some people have asked us about being able to quit, exit, or close the program. We have heard you loud and clear. To exit the MP3tunes Mobile Locker just navigate to the main screen (using the "menu" button in Android). Then, go to menu again and click "Logout". Once you are logged out the session will be closed. You can then click the "Home" button to return to your phone's start screen.

If you have any tips or tricks that you want to share with everyone send them along.

If you want to report bugs or suggest features you can go here.

If you're a developer, and want to get involved you can grab the source code here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

MP3tunes Android Player: New And Improved!

We have been hard at work to improve the MP3tunes Android music player. The new Google Nexus One phone offers a lot of exciting new features with a big increase in speed. The increased memory and the 1 Ghz processor make quite a difference when listening to or streaming your Locker. If you have the older version of the Android Player we recommend upgrading to the latest version. The first time that you upgrade you will have to uninstall the existing software manually. To do this just go to the Home screen, then select Settings then Applications. Choose "Manage applications" and scroll down and find the MP3tunes Mobile Locker and click on it. Here you should see an "Uninstall" button. You can install the latest stable version by going to the Android Market. Just search for "mp3tunes". After you install the latest version, all future versions will offer you updates and upgrade automatically. (You won't have to uninstall the previous version each time). You can submit feature requests and bug reports here.

If you like beta testing software and want to see the latest cutting-edge version of the Android MP3tunes Player you can manually install it. To do this you have to enable the manual installation of software on Android. To do this, go to the Home screen and select Settings. Then go to Applications and check the box that says: "Unknown sources: Allow install of non-Market applications". Then, grab the latest version from http://mp3tunes.com/androidclient

If you manually install the beta version you will NOT get updates automatically. Each time you install the .apk file you will have to manually uninstall the previous version. The beta testing version may offer different features that aren't available in the stable version. But, it may also contain bugs. So, if you install the beta testing version we ask you to please report any bugs that you find to mp3tunes.android@gmail.com. If you're a developer you can download the latest version of the source code from the Google Code site. We are always looking for Android developers who want to contribute to the project.