As Chris Crum of WPN previously reported, mSpot recently launched a new service into beta that combines both cloud music storage and streaming with streaming Internet radio. Although there are other cloud music and storage lockers as well as streaming radio services, mSpot's Radio Spotter is the first offering that combines the two.
Daren Tsui, mSpot's CEO, told us that even though mSpot Music had gained widespread popularity, the company wanted to enhance its service by allowing users to discover more music. He believes that Radio Spotter fulfills this need since users have access to more new music through the feature.
"By looking at what you're listening to and your music tastes from the music locker side, we can actually recommend from 100's of radio stations, whether they're Internet radio or stations we program, that we think are relevant to your music tastes," he said.
Radio Spotter is similar to Pandora but is different since it offers 30-35 commercial-free radio stations that mSpot programs on its own. In addition, users can play their own music alongside the new music they discover.
Although mSpot knows that it has some big-name competitors on the cloud music storage side, it believes that its overall service offering responds directly to consumer needs. Tsui said that Amazon's service felt like a "backup, generic locker." Even though Google launched its own service and Apple is expected to do the same, he still thinks that mSpot is a promising solution for consumers.
"We want to focus on a great music experience versus just sort of focusing on storage," said Tsui. "The theme is very consistent - a much better music experience."
Radio Spotter Beta is currently available for the Android platform but will be offered on the iPhone, Mac, and PC later this year.