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The Anywhere.fm 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 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 future.

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.

"Anywhere.FM serves 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 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."

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.



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RE: Hmm......mediadefender?
By Parhel on 9/20/2007 3:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
I understand your suspicions, and probably wouldn't sign up for it either, but it wouldn't make sense to use such a service to find people in possession of illegal copies of mp3s.

For example, let's say I used a site like that and I received a letter saying that I had 5,000 mp3 tracks on the web and I would be taken to court if I couldn't furnish proof that I legitimately owned them. I would dodge the issue for as long as possible, and then if a trial became unavoidable I would go purchase all of those CDs as cheaply as possible. Then, I'd countersue for legal fees, expenses, defamation of my character, and anything else I could think of.

That's a hypothetical example. I'm not saying I advocate piracy. But I think that any litigation that resulted from such a honeypot, so to speak, would be cheaper to resolve by just buying the music.


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