A Cloud-based music-storage feature available on many CE devices might be going dark now that MP3tunes, a Cloud-based music-locker service, has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation.
MP3tunes enabled users to upload songs to its music-locker service, then stream the stored songs to broadband-connected devices, such as select Onkyo AV receivers, the Wii and PlayStation3 game consoles, Tivo DVRs, the Roku set-top box, and tabletop Internet radios from Grace Digital, Acoustic Research, Tangent, and Oxx. Users could also stream to any PC and to iPhones and Android phones equipped with an MP3tunes app.
A custom-installed music server available from Autonomic Controls is also available with MP3tunes compatibility. The server lets users back up their music collections to MP3tunes, but the company says not to worry. "MP3tunes is one of three available Cloud services that can be used with the Mirage Media Server," said Michael de Nigris, Autonomic CEO and co-founder. "Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple iCloud with the Mirage Media Sync are two other options that allow customers to synchronize content between locations, playback media from the Cloud, and back up their files.
de Nigris called MP3Tunes "a pioneer of Cloud-based music lockers, and we would be sad to see them go away," he said. "However, should they fail to emerge from bankruptcy, customers can shift over to one or both of the other available services very easily and with no loss of functionality."
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