I was lucky enough to be in Iceland for the recent Airwaves music festival. It rocked.
But whilst I was there I was away from my beloved laptop and iPod for a lot of the time. So no portable music library for me, or that would’ve been the case had psonar.com not launched their streaming service a few days ago.
You can now listen to your own music collection from anywhere in the world, regardless of the location of your own music playing devices and we think that’s pretty neat, even if we did make it happen ourselves. Well, I say we, but it was entirely the work of our very clever technical team of Rich, Tim and Ben.
Just how useful this was bought home on two occasions last week. The first came when I was enjoying a few drinks at a party on my first night in Reykjavik. The music being played was dreadful so I took custody of the laptop, logged onto my psonar.com account and started streaming some of my own music collection straight away.
Some might argue that this offered scant improvement on the quality of music but at least there was now a choice of several thousand tracks, rather than whatever can be dug up (and is licensed for listening in Iceland) on Youtube, Last FM, Myspace etc. My friends had a good laugh at my extensive classic rock collection and eventually settled on some FM Belfast, an enthralling Icelandic band who were performing at that weekend’s festival.
The second occasion was when we received an email from a lady who’d read about psonar.com and wanted to know if we could help back-up and retrieve her iPod music library. Her laptop had been stolen by some NEDs and she was left with just a device full of music that she didn’t want to lose (it wouldn’t download the collection onto a new laptop due to rights issues).
Thankfully, we could help: she installed the SongShifter app – downloaded from psonar.com – and it indentified the music on her iPod and then uploaded the whole lot to our cloud servers. She can now do what she likes with her music, including populating her new laptop with her own rescued music library.
So there you go, we’re there; you can have your music, your way, anytime. It works in any country in the world, even when you’re only a glacier or two away from the Arctic Circle, and it thwarts thieving hoodies.
Beat that Spotify.