While we wait for iTunes in the cloud, we may as well begin using an iTunes in the cloud service that isn’t from Apple, a free service for iPhones from mSpot, the app for which is now available via the iTunes App Store.
What’s it do? Essentially it is like a music locker service to which you upload your music in order to then enjoy streaming access to that music via your mSpot app.
How’s it work? MSpot lets you sync up to two gigabytes of music from your hard drive to its servers, and then stream it via another PC’s browser, or download it your phone via 3G. You can purchase more music storage should you desire.
Is it legal? Hmm. I can’t tell you that. MediaMemo notes that it hasn’t yet agreed any licensing deals with music labels or publishers, and I’m minded to note the MP3Tunes case and other litigation in which music lawyers demand their slice of any pie.
The service has been running on Android for the last few months without label molestation, but this isn’t a guarantee. Now on the iOS I’d be little surprise if labels simply start knocking at the service’s doors demanding it cough up cold hard cash for rights to offer consumers online access to music they have already purchased and own.