Odds & Sods

Checking out the MP3beamer

I was just reading a press release introducing a new piece of software called the MP3beamer which company founder Michael Robertson describes as a digital music recorder or DMR. Essentially the MP3beamer is a footlocker for your MP3 files. You load it up with music that you have on CDs (the software will automatically rip the CDs to 192 kpbs MP3 files), music you purchased form an online store like Robertson’s own MP3 Tunes or eMusic and MP3s that you might have downloaded off the ‘net from all those band and record label sites that you read about on The Rock and Roll Report. Once the the MP3 files are loaded you use MP3beamer to access your music from virtually any device you own with speakers or a headphone jack. It is really an audio server that consolidates all your MP3 files and makes them available to things like your iPod, home stereo, cell phone etc. but there are a few caveats. First off is that you have to run the Linux-based Linspire software on a PC to be able to use MP3beamer as it is Linux based. Another caveat is that you cannot use it with DRM protected music files so all those tunes that you bought from iTunes, Napster MSN Music and Rhapsody will not work with the MP3beamer. It only works with non-DRM protected music files. Another caveat is that it currently does not work with iTunes on a Mac but inexplicably does work with iTunes on a Windows XP machine. Support for the iTunes version of the Mac is apparently forthcoming but for someone who professes to want to make make your music available on virtually any device the absence of support for the Mac version of iTunes from the get go is a bit puzzling. The MP3beamer website has all kinds of screen shots and videos that you can check out for more information but the product for the most part looks interesting. If most of your music is either on CD or MP3 you might want to consider the MP3beamer. At the very least you will be using a rock solid operating system for your general computer needs and that is probably the best part about the whole deal.