March 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Free, Clean, Cloud-Based Music Locker Ymitri.webmusic Deserves a Better Name

If you’re looking to upload music from your computer to the cloud so you can access it from your other computers, you may have just found your answer — as unlikely as it might sound.

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.

Uploading is a snap, and you can listen to your music while uploading more tracks from any of your computers.

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.

For now, Ymitri.webmusic is designed to work only with computer web browsers. Our attempt to access it on an iPhone was unsuccessful.

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.

  • http://twitter.com/zmitri DLC

    Hey Elliott,
    Dmitri here (creator of app).
    To actually share libraries, you need to be given a share link… you can’t just see anyone’s music, it has to be granted to you. After you do that, you can use the search box to get a combined search of anything you have access to. And the smart playlisting will have access to that too.

    For example, to see some of the stuff I have uploaded, just click http://ymitrimusic.appspot.com/share/5ef46 and you’ll be permissioned.

    I’m glad you like the simplicity, thats what I was going for. I agree with you on the sucky name :)

  • http://twitter.com/zmitri DLC

    and iPhone won’t work because it uses a flash player behind the scenes… Check it out on Android.

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