Users have long craved a method to upload music and have it
available anywhere they go, but very few services are available to cater to
their needs. Three Bay Area entrepreneurs, funded by venture firm Y Combinator,
created Anywhere.fm to allow iTunes users to upload their playlists directly
from iTunes to their Anywhere.fm account.
Although the service is fairly rough in the early beta
stages, Anywhere.fm could be an ideal solution for music fans who want to have
a playlist uploaded and available on the Internet anywhere they go.
The Anywhere.fm uploader works only on Microsoft Windows and
OS X, though Linux users can play the songs but are unable to upload additional
tracks. Support for other music players aside from iTunes - including Microsoft
Windows Media Player and Winamp - is currently being developed, with an
estimated arrival date unknown.
Anywhere.fm currently only supports MP3 file uploads, but
"we plan to add additional support" for other music files in the
Users are free to upload as much music as they want for free
during the beta phase of the service, but Anywhere.fm is working on a paid
service that will apply to users who upload a large number of tracks. The exact
cost was not revealed, but it is likely to be a flat rate that users pay once.
Initial user response showed concern over possible legal
issues that Anywhere.fm could face due to its service.
as a digital locker service for users to upload their licensed music and
listen to it anywhere," said Sachin Rekhi, Anywhere.fm co-founder.
"Users are legally allowed to make personal backup copies of their songs
for use with this service."
Rekhi added that the company's main attorney used to work
for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), allowing the
Anywhere.fm team to have great insight into possible legal issues of the
"Anywhere.FM enables sharing of music through Friend
Radio in the form of non-interactive playback and complies with the rules under
the statutory license for public performances," Rekhi said.
"Anywhere.FM pays the associated royalties to SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI,
and SESAC to legally operate these radio stations."
Anywhere.fm briefly thought about creating an on demand
service so users can select what kind of music they wish to listen to, but the
company's attorney cautioned the founders over possible legal ramifications.
quote: Why even go out to the internet and associate your name with illegal files?
quote: When was the last time you heard of someone getting arrested solely for the possession of illegal software or content.
quote: This is not a file sharing network, you are not making these songs available to other people. So i do not see what the fear is here.