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The service lets users upload and store their music online

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 to allow iTunes users to upload their playlists directly from iTunes to their account.

Although the service is fairly rough in the early beta stages, could be an ideal solution for music fans who want to have a playlist uploaded and available on the Internet anywhere they go.

The 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. currently only supports MP3 file uploads, but "we plan to add additional support" for other music files in the future.

Users are free to upload as much music as they want for free during the beta phase of the service, but 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 could face due to its service.

"Anywhere.FM serves as a digital locker service for users to upload their licensed music and listen to it anywhere," said Sachin Rekhi, 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 team to have great insight into possible legal issues of the service.

"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." 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.

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Already exists
By ninjit on 9/20/2007 2:03:31 PM , Rating: 2 used to offer a similar service, where you downloaded their program, which would verifty you owned a CD, then add that album to your online library for streaming anywhere.
But that was a long long time ago, before they were bought by CNET, the service isn't offered anymore.

Besides that, there's also

RE: Already exists
By michal1980 on 9/20/2007 2:52:41 PM , Rating: 1
thats what I was thinking of. sure it wasn't called cd(something)

they were in trouble of getting sued, around the same time napster was getting pulled under.

RE: Already exists
By BigLan on 9/20/2007 3:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
It was and they were sued out of business. The domain was sold, but the business is completely different.

This service seems different to though in that you have to upload all the music yourself. That wasn't the case with mp3 - you put the cd in and were granted access to a digital copy which I think the judge found to be unauthorized distribution.

RE: Already exists
By DCstewieG on 9/20/2007 4:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
R.I.P. Myplay, you were ahead of your time.

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