AudioBox.fm hits iPhone, lets you stream your music collection from the cloud

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AudioBox.fm, the cloud-based music service that lets users upload their music collection and access it anywhere, has added the iPhone/iPod touch to its list of supported devices through a native application.

Previously, iPhone users could only access AudioBox via Mobile Safari, a bit of a kludge since the QuickTime Player plugin effectively takes over the phone’s browser. There’s also existing support for Android, a nifty HTML5-based browser version and a Windows desktop app, with the Italy-based company touting itself as an open platform to store a user’s media library in the cloud, giving them “access to uploaded media from anywhere through the highest number of devices possible.”

Of course, with Apple’s expected launch of its own cloud-based music offering based on the company’s purchase of Lala, AudioBox is just as well to emphasize ‘open’ and multi-platform support. On that note, I’m told that the company wasn’t even entirely sure if its iPhone app would be approved by Apple for sale in the iTunes App Store to the extent that it delayed developing advanced features such as ‘offline’ playlists in case it turned out to be a waste of time.

As it stands, the iPhone app supports streaming of a user’s music library over WiFi and 3G, multitasking/background support thanks to iOS 4, and unlike AudioBox’s Android app, playback can start and resume from any point in a track.

Along with the possibility of Apple, AudioBox competes directly with a number of services, including Spotify with its recent support for syncing a user’s own music library. There’s also the likes of mecanto.com, bitspace.at, psonar.com, moozone.com, and tunesbag.com (see TCEU coverage). Update: And of course, MP3tunes (see TC writeup), founded by Michael Robertson, an early pioneer of music locker-type services.

Revenue-wise, AudioBox operates a freemium model, with Pro accounts starting at $3.99 and providing greater storage than 1GB and, crucially, mobile app access. The company, founded in December 2009, also claims to already be profitable.

  • @aaroncray

    michael robertson did this about 10 years ago got shot down in the US in a court ruling…

    • Steve O'Hear

      I think his service was even cleverer in that you didn’t need to upload the actual music in some cases, just put a CD in your computer to verify that you ‘own’ the music. Or was that another service?

      • @aaroncray

        yup that’s the same service. court deemed it illegal even though the user had proof of ownership.

    • leisahs

      Just wait what will google bring to the music-table…

      It’ll be explosive, for sure. http://2su.de/7Cj

  • Bram

    It is still an old model in new coat.

    The big plus at Spotify is that you don’t own music, but you just lease all the music you want including easy sharing, high quality and main USP: it’s hassle free… If I am in public transport and I would like to hear a number which isnt on in one of my playlists I just hit search and stream it instantly. That’s what I call complete freedom and in combination with a slick desktop app and support for all the main mobile devices $10 is IMO een way better offer.

    I am glad that there are more players in the field, but for now I will just stick at Spotify.

    • http://shortfilmshub.com Jai

      Its been years since i ripped songs of song music cd… I would prefer spotify than uploading my own songs…

  • http://www.flogs.com/ Martijn van Egmond

    This is another great service. However, I feel like there are so many music service releases lately that I find it hard to keep track of what is going on. Almost seems that we can predict that 2011 will be the great cloudmusic land rush! I’m very excited about the near future

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  • http://www.medialinkzone.com Mediaman

    Well this seems like a great idea. Can’t really see a downside.

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    This is called the ‘music box’ in all china’s several large internet company,just as:sohu, qq,baidu,163

  • http://www.mp3tunes.com Michael Robertson

    This company competes with MP3tunes which is the leader in personal cloud music.

    MP3tunes gives 10GBs for free which is considerably more than any other such provider. Audiobox charges $48/year for 11GBs.

    MP3tunes supports browsing to mobile phones (Apple and Android) for free while you must pay at least $48/year for this feature.

    MP3tunes has had an iPhone/iTouch app for more than 2 years so this isn’t really new functionality to have locker streaming on an Apple platform. It’s free to all users.

    The Android app for MP3tunes is superior to all others because it supports pre-fetching (to reduce wait times between songs) and permanently caches all played songs directly into the music directory. It’s free to all users.

    In addition, MP3tunes supports streaming directly to Internet radios such as those from Logitech, Reciva and Audiovox.

    MP3tunes has more than 500,000 users because of these features.

    You can sign up at: http://mp3tunes.com/signup

    — MR

  • http://www.danieldirico.com Daniel DiRico

    I remember when iTunes and the iPod originally released and at one of the keynotes, Steve Jobs said that “people don’t want to rent their music” that they want to “own” it.

    The concept of putting your own music in the cloud now blurs this line a little if you think about it.

    What’s the point of downloading it in the first place if it’s always in the cloud? If it’s always in the cloud, do you still “own” it as if the CD were sitting on your coffee table?

  • http://www.bestcloudserver.com John

    Great post. I just checked out their service and signed up for their free account. Can’t wait for Apple cloud services

  • Steff Davies

    Probably worth mentioning that this also scrobbles to Last.fm. Which is nice.

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    this is really cool…
    I was listening to fm already on my iphone with a cool app
    you can download apps and games for your phones @
    http://www.downhunter.com
    the site is really cool…
    you can even download movies, games, software, songs, graphics, templates, tv shows etc…
    and all for free

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    They are spamming every social site, blog.
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  • Lee

    I have never heard of audiobox.fm before I will have to check it out.  Accessing my music library from anywhere seems pretty handy as I’m always on the go.  Seems well worth the low price.  Buy Targeted Traffic

  • Sandy

    Can you tell me what is the difference between audiobox.fm and iTunes? May my brain is too slow to understand it this morning ;) Thx Thomas |wie richtig
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