See Things Differently
Anywhere.FM, a beta company based in San Francisco, have launched a digital-locker style site which allows its users to upload their entire music collection, then access it from any computer. It sounds very similar to MyMp3.com, which offered virtually the same thing only to find out they required a license from the record companies to do this since they were making a reproduction of a Master recording. It’s unclear whether or not Anywhere.FM have this license.
Assuming they do, then they also offer users a chance to receive recommendations based upon listening habits of other users, bringing it in to the space currently occupied by Last.fm and soon, Music Makes Friends. The site is designed with more than a passing nod towards iTunes, and the interface is simple, intuitive and quick. Garageband (I assume the website) supply enough free tracks to get you started.
I’ve always appreciated the strength of the ‘digital locker’ concept – especially if you’ve ever experienced hard disc or ipod melt down – and combining it with a radio concept is strong. However, this seems to be lacking depth and creative features and until the license situation is sorted, you could be taking a gamble taking the time uploading your music.