recently purchased a second home out in the country so my kids could
have a place to throw a football or fly a glider or just run around and
be carefree. I'd really like to have my entire music collection
available at this house, but I don't want to buy another music server
and then have the hassle of keeping it in sync with my music collection
At MP3tunes we're now beta
testing an ideal solution to my problem -
TiVo support for personal music lockers. TiVo is a digital video
recorder (DVR) that you connect to your TV to record programs, which
you can watch when you like and play back how you like. What many
people don't know is that TiVo is actually a Linux computer and can be
programmed to do more than just video. MP3tunes has taken advantage of
this expandability to make a TiVo browse and play your personal music
library. This means that if you have a TiVo, you can use it to play
high-quality digital music through your home entertainment system,
what I've done with my own music library. I now have my song collection
at my second home without the hassle of moving or updating music files
- I just turn on my TV.
What makes the TiVo an ideal music device is that it can connect
directly to your online locker. You don't have to keep a PC running.
There's no special software to buy or install on a PC or the TiVo. All
the music flows directly from your net locker to the TiVo to your
speakers. It takes just a couple of clicks on
TiVo remote control to make a TiVo aware of MP3tunes.
This is much more than net radio because you're controlling your own
music. There are no advertisements, of course, and you can skip songs,
pause, repeat songs, etc - all using the buttons on the TiVo remote
control. In addition you have access to any playlists in your account
or you can shuffle songs from your entire account. It has similar
access to the web locker
available via your browser, but on your television display. Take a look
I'm excited about music on a TiVo because it graphically illustrates MP3tunes slogan
of "your music everywhere." The TiVo uses our open API (application
programming interface), whereby any device can
connect to our system with the proper login information and play music
from a user's locker. Until now, we've released multiple ways to access
your music from a PC (winamp plugin, ajax
player, browser, iTunes, etc), but when I demo
the TiVo interface, people seem to understand the vision.
I believe you'll listen to music from 10 or 20 different devices
and places such as your home, car, PDA, phone, etc, which is
why all the music needs to be stored online so it can be accessed from
all those devices and more. Click here
for 10-minute video demo of music on PC, TiVo and even MP3 basketball
I recently visited the headquarters of a major technology company, and
demoed some future music devices for me (stereo devices, WiFi devices).
These devices seemed interesting but ONLY worked with the company's
DRM. So either you bought all of their products and nothing else or you
couldn't access all of your music. At MP3tunes, we're trying to achieve
the exact opposite. We want all devices to work together so you can
choose the best MP3 player, phone, PDA or DVR and not be locked into
vendor. The only way this happens is if you have an open system like
MP3tunes where we publish information
about how any device or service can connect to a personal music locker.
In the future, look for car stereos, WiFi players, home stereos,
Internet alarm clocks and phones to all connect like the TiVo does and
play your music.
All Series 2 TiVo users with an Internet connection (no dial-up) can try out this beta service because
we provide a pre-stocked demo account loaded with some great music and
playlists. Of course the service works better if you setup your own free or premium MP3tunes locker
and then load it with music you like from Sideload.com
or sync your own music collection. It takes less than one second for
newly added songs to be available for playback via a TiVo.
If you've got a TiVo I hope you'll try this new service. For those
without a TiVo, let us know what device you would like to have your
music on in the forum.
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