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    MP3tunes Music Locker

    We're pleased to announce that the MP3tunes Music Locker service is now available to everyone on SqueezeNetwork. New users can sign up for a 60-day free trial premium account, which offers unlimited storage for your music files. After the free trial, a premium account costs only US $39.95/year.

    Features of MP3tunes include:
    * Backup all your music and listen anywhere.
    * MP3, Ogg, WMA, and AAC support at any bitrate (AAC will play as transcoded MP3)
    * Purchase music from partner stores and listen to it instantly in your locker.
    * Available worldwide.

    For more information:
    http://www.mp3tunes.com
    http://www.squeezenetwork.com/user/account/mp3tunes

    MP3tunes is located in the new SqueezeNetwork 'My Music' menu.

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    Sounds like a great service. Just a few questions:

    - If I upload my music files to MP3tunes Music Locker, will this service work as a regular slimserver/squeezebox (with some differences of course), but through Squeezenetwork?
    - "Available worldwide" - does it mean available to people living anywhere or does it mean US citizens have their music available anywhere?
    - You don't mention flac, so I guess there's no support for flac? I so, will there be flac-support?
    - What about slimserver plugins? Will there be popular plugin functionality built in?
    Last edited by TCM; 2007-04-25 at 10:28.

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    MP3tunes Music Locker

    On Apr 25, 2007, at 1:24 PM, TCM wrote:

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    > Sounds like a great service. Just a few questions:
    >
    > - If I upload my music files to MP3tunes Music Locker, will this
    > service work as a regular slimserver/squeezebox (with some differences
    > of course), but through Squeezenetwork?


    I'm not sure what you mean by "regular SlimServer", MP3tunes just
    lets you listen to all your own music from the internet once you've
    uploaded them.

    > - "Available worldwide" - does it mean available to people living
    > anywhere or does it mean US citizens have their music available
    > anywhere?


    Anyone can use it, anywhere. Most of our previous services like
    Pandora and Rhapsody are US-only, so I wanted to make it clear this
    one was for everyone.

    > - You don't mention flac, so I guess there's no support for flac? I
    > so,
    > will there be flac-support?


    There is no FLAC support, I recommend transcoding to Ogg at a high
    bitrate such as q8. If you use the right version of oggenc it will
    even encode direct from FLAC and preserve all your tags. This is
    what I do with my own FLAC files.

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    Streaming bitrates

    But note that maximum streaming bitrates are 192kbps, according to the info on mp3tunes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Grundman View Post
    On Apr 25, 2007, at 1:24 PM, TCM wrote:

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    > - If I upload my music files to MP3tunes Music Locker, will this
    > service work as a regular slimserver/squeezebox (with some differences
    > of course), but through Squeezenetwork?


    I'm not sure what you mean by "regular SlimServer", MP3tunes just
    lets you listen to all your own music from the internet once you've
    uploaded them.
    I just meant - can I play my files in a similar way as I usually do with slimserver/squeezebox. Random, playlists, skip songs etc?

    I added a question about plugins to my first post - did you see that one? :-)

    It sounds very tempting :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicketynick View Post
    But note that maximum streaming bitrates are 192kbps, according to the info on mp3tunes
    All files are streamed at their native bitrate (except AAC). The file streamed to your Squeezebox is the same exact file you uploaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCM View Post
    I just meant - can I play my files in a similar way as I usually do with slimserver/squeezebox. Random, playlists, skip songs etc?
    You can create playlists within the mp3tunes locker manager, or upload them with the sync tool. Random, skipping, sure those all work.

    I added a question about plugins to my first post - did you see that one? :-)
    No, plugins aren't supported. MP3tunes will be available in SlimServer 7 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyg View Post
    All files are streamed at their native bitrate (except AAC). The file streamed to your Squeezebox is the same exact file you uploaded.
    So the SqueezeNetwork version of mp3tunes is special?
    Here's from their faq:
    With a Oboe Premium Locker you can sync all of your music on your computers and devices with your Oboe Locker. Your music collection will be safely backed up on line. You can stream your music within iTunes or on the web and listen from any computer in a high quality bit-rate (192k). The Oboe Free Locker lets you webload from other websites, sideload with our partners and stream in a medium quality bit-rate (56k).
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    MP3tunes Music Locker

    On Apr 25, 2007, at 4:35 PM, nicketynick wrote:

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    > andyg;197510 Wrote:
    >> All files are streamed at their native bitrate (except AAC). The
    >> file
    >> streamed to your Squeezebox is the same exact file you uploaded.

    >
    > So the SqueezeNetwork version of mp3tunes is special?
    > Here's from their faq:
    > With a Oboe Premium Locker you can sync all of your music on your
    > computers and devices with your Oboe Locker. Your music collection
    > will
    > be safely backed up on line. You can stream your music within
    > iTunes or
    > on the web and listen from any computer in a high quality bit-rate
    > (192k). The Oboe Free Locker lets you webload from other websites,
    > sideload with our partners and stream in a medium quality bit-rate
    > (56k).


    Yeah, I don't know what they mean when they say there's a 192k
    limit. Maybe it refers to the quality when using their built-in
    streaming Flash app on their website.

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    We do down sample very high bit rate files to improve the streaming experience for the majority of users that access the service via the Flash web player. However, if you access Preferences and edit your streaming settings, there is the option "Stream original encoded bit rate" that does just that, serves up files in the format and bitrate in which they were encoded.

    I will look into the wording of that FAQ item. Sorry for any confusion.

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    Last edited by doug; 2007-04-25 at 14:36. Reason: Added title, since I can't seem to set it in my profile.

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