The name “Ymitri.webmusic” does not exactly roll off the tongue, but after a day of testing, we’re happy to report that it works like a charm, for the most part. A simple link uploads MP3s from your hard drive. Once they’re stored in the cloud, you can log in from any other computer using the same Google ID you used to create your account, to listen to the songs as if they were stored on that computer.
This is the same “cloud” we’ve come to expect from paid services and those that require the use of bulky uploading software, but in simpler, easier-to-deal-with form, and it’s free to use in unlimited form.
Ymitri.webmusic lets you drag-and-drop your uploaded music into playlists and even smart playlists, by specifying a genre, search term, artist, bit rate, and other terms. It can sort those by “Hotness” (using an API from The Echo Nest, publisher of Evolver.fm) or chronologically. The app also uses an open-source version of SoundCloud’s The Cloud Player, stores files on Amazon S3, and relies on other third-party technologies to make this all work.
As with Spotify, any playlist can be designated as collaborative, although that appears to be a future feature, because we were not able to search for or connect to other users’ libraries.
Further, potentially legally problematic methods of music sharing are reined in by this web app’s use of Google ID, which means you can only share your locker with other people if you want them to have access to your Gmail, Google Docs, or other Google services.
We have a few bones to pick with Dmitri Cherniak’s Ymitri.webmusic, which after all, was a product of the 24-hour hack-a-thon Music Hack Day New York. You can’t upload an entire music folder including subfolders, so uploading your library could take quite a while, assuming your music is organized by folder, which is the default method used by the most popular music playback software. This means that uploading an entire library could take quite some time, despite the otherwise lightweight nature of the app.
In addition, there’s no way to delete songs once they’re in your library, so if you upload duplicates, you’re stuck with them. Finally, the app lacks a mobile version that works on the iPhone — for now, anyway.
But if what you need is a music library you can share across your various computers without requiring the use of a client-side helper app (especially useful in office scenarios), the lightweight, effective Ymitri.webmusic works much better than its name would imply.