mSpot Music Streams Your Favorite Tunes Directly to Your Android Phone
At a Glance
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Underpublicized mSpot runs one of the best audio-streaming services for Android and iOS devices. Even in low-reception areas, music playback is nearly flawless, and personalized-radio features make the...
mSpot Music (not to be confused with the preinstalled Music app) allows you to stream and play your music collection wherever you go. You can also use your music to create custom Internet radio stations, much like Pandora.
To get started, you'll need to sign in to the application with an mSpot Music account. If you don't already have one, you can sign up for free on the mSpot Website. Each account comes with 5GB of free cloud storage; you can get 40GB for $3.99/month.
Any music that you upload to your music locker can be streamed to any device with the mSpot Music app (so long as you sign in with the same account). The Music app will also play any music you have stored locally on your device, in case you don't have a connection or don't want to upload anything.
Playback over 3G was a better experience than with Amazon's Cloud Player or Google's new Music app. I heard little to no delay between songs, and buffering was never an issue. Users can select the audio quality of songs when they upload them, though I was quite satisfied with the default quality setting.
The latest version of mSpot Music features tons of Internet radio stations. From rock to gospel and everything in between, Music has a station for just about every genre. The app can also build customized radio stations based on what songs or artists you play the most. One cool thing about browsing through radio stations is that you can see what song is currently playing on a station before you launch it.
The app layout is clean and responsive, though a bit limited in playback options. You can create simple playlists on the device and shuffle through songs, but you can't adjust EQ levels. Users should also keep an eye on how much data they are using, as you might burn through your allotted amount if you are constantly streaming music.
If you are not satisfied with the preinstalled Music application, and Pandora keeps playing the same songs over and over again, mSpot's Music app is a solid alternative to both.
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