You're probably familiar
with the term
downloading (moving files from the net to your local computer). And
maybe you've heard of the inverse - uploading (moving files from your
computer to net storage). Chances are you haven't heard of sideloading.
This is where you move files from the net directly to online storage
without the pit stop at your local computer. Sideloading will become
commonplace as people grow accustomed to personal lockers and security,
ubiquity and versatility of online storage.
I first heard
"sideload" while CEO of MP3.com.
One of our partners was iDrive, an online storage company
founded by Jeff Bonforte who would go on to become President of SIPphone and
now head of Yahoo's messaging group. MP3.com
to each song file labeled "sideload" which would move a
free promotional song into an iDrive locker. It was a smashing success
with hundreds of millions of tracks sideloaded but alas, the concept
vanished with the disintegration
of the original MP3.com.
The rapid growth of
sideloading even more practical today, so I decided it was time to
revive the concept. I recently purchased sideload.com
for $1,300. At sideload.com, we've created
a huge index of high quality
music files from all over the net. Integrated into the website is a
MP3 player so you can click the play icon and immediately stream the
song. If you like it, then just click the icon and
the track will
be sideloaded directly into your MP3tunes locker. It's free and quick
to setup a locker at MP3tunes.
It's a fantastic way
to discover music and store it permanently in your private music space
so you always have it and can play it from anywhere.
launches with more than
15,000 tracks from about 5,000 artists in all genres. The tracks are
collected from MP3tunes Oboe locker users who use the sideload plugins
with Firefox or Internet Explorer. This clever browser plugin adds a
icon next to any music files encountered while you're browsing.
Clicking the link
loads that track to your Oboe locker and it also submits the
link to be added to the sideload.com list. As more people
plugin, the index at sideload.com naturally grows.
The sideload hall of fame
nicknames of people that have helped build the site. If you would
to help build the sideload site or just want the fastest way to load up
your own locker from music on the net, simply
install the sideload plug-in from here and then
sideload tracks on the net. Within an hour, any song you sideload
should be listed at sideload.com for others to
There's an enormous
amount of great
music on the net, but it's sprinkled all over on artist sites,
label sites and online music distributors, making it hard to find. Sideload.com
brings the music
together into one index where you can
quickly find and stream tracks. The tunes you like you can sideload
into your locker with a single mouse click, or simply download it.
music websites, but none easier for finding tracks to load to your
|Here are some great tracks to listen
to then add to your locker to get
your personal music collection started. [Note: All the songs listed
below are available for free in their entirety to stream online or add
to your locker.]
Universal Hall Pass
electronic infused rock from
the voice of Melissa R. Kaplan. Then go buy the entire CD and sideload
the entire album of MP3s to your locker here.
One of my all-time
favorites from the British electronic
sensation. If you like this, buy Simple
every tune is a stellar work.
by Depeche Mode
Sideload this entire album of mashups and remixes of some of Depeche Mode's greatest hits for your listening and possibly dancing pleasure. (Yes, all these tracks are free.)
by Chris Whitley
This recently passed
blues man was one of
America's best. Add this soulful (aren't they all) song to your locker
then go buy Big
in the Hay
You might have heard
folk song on television and movie soundtracks including The Royal Tenenbaums.
Was $1,300 for sideload.com a bargain or a ripoff?
Do you think sideloading
will take off as users build their online lockers? How many tracks have
you sideloaded to your locker? Let me know in the forum.
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