Want to take all your music with you, and listen to it in a variety of different ways? Then Jukebox may be right up your street.
Managing huge music libraries across multiple devices is nothing short of a nightmare, especially as our music collections continue to grow. You can always move, or copy files around manually, but the whole thing reeks of the 20th century, and a time when the internet wasn’t quite as useful as it is today.
One thing we love about the internet right now is the way it is changing the way we take everything with us when we leave home. Music is one great example, and Jukebox for Android is all about taking your music with you, wherever you go. So long as you have an internet connection, you’re golden.
The app itself needs a free Jukebox account, which allows users to upload their music, playlists and ratings to the cloud. Playback is handled by either the web-based client, or one of a collection of mobile apps. Right now there is an Android app, available to download from the Google Play Store, but we hear that both iOS and Windows Phone versions are in the pipeline for those not packing a phone or tablet running Google’s mobile operating system.
Both the apps and the cloud service is currently free, though we wonder how long that will be a viable business for those behind Jukebox. Servers with massive amounts of storage as well as the bandwidth to match don’t come cheap, and someone’s got to pay for it all. Still, we’ll reserve judgment there.
In addition to the cost issue, the people behind Jukebox are quick to say in the Android app’s description that the service is currently offered as a preview, so expect odd bugs, problems and downtime as and when it arrives. You’ve been warned!
At the very least though, Jukebox is a very good start to a service that goes into direct competition with Google Music and iTunes Match though, obviously, this is cross platform. And free, which can be a big consideration.
We’ll keep an eye out for developments across the Jukebox suite of apps.
(Source: Jukebox for Android on Google Play)
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