May 26, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The ranks of music streaming Android apps seem to be growing each week. While Amazon and Google have focused strictly on being storage lockers for music collections, and the Pandora radio app serves as a radio station to discover new music, mSpot attempts to be both.
mSpot just added a new feature called Radio Spotter that finds more tunes to play music on Android phones. Based on the existing music stored in an mSpot account and played through the app, Radio Spotter finds Internet radio stations playing similar music that the user is more likely to enjoy. mSpot links to hundreds of radio stations and makes new suggestions as your tastes change.
Radio Spotter continues to monitor listener habits and suggest new stations, but users also have the option of browsing Internet radio stations. That adds another listening option to mSpot, which also lets users create personal radio playlists based on an artist or listen to on-demand music of their stored MP3 collection. It can even mark radio songs that the user wishes to purchase, or mark a station as a “Favorite” to provide easy access at a later time.
After testing mSpot’s latest version, I find that the app is very accurate in suggesting stations worth tuning into. The less-heralded artists that I uploaded didn’t match any of the playlists known to mSpot, but things improved when I started listening to recording artists with more notoriety. That helps mSpot distinguish itself from other music streaming services because it offers so many modes of listening: on-demand playing of your cloud-stored music, listening to radio stations from nearly 20 different radio stations, and personalized playlists.
mSpot provides many playback options, and it does it for free. A 5GB mSpot Music account is free, but a 40 GB account is $3.99 per month.