iTunes has been around for most of the 21st century. In the past decade, iTunes has become the app we hate to use because it tries and fails to become all things to all people. If there were such a thing as a digital kitchen sink, Apple would throw it into iTunes, too.
Alas, dear iTunes, the world is changing and you’re being left behind. Today’s music lovers have discovered there is life after iTunes, and many new sources of music. What the world needs is a good five center music player. Adjusted for inflation, CloudPlay may be exactly the app you’re after.
First, CloudPlay is a music player, but it differs from iTunes– you can make song playlists from free music on the web. Search for music by entering a few obvious keywords (song, artists, album, etc.).
This as-you-type search for music works to give you music from iTunes, YouTube, SoundCloud, exam, Official.fm, BandSoup, and more, including thousands of internet radio stations.
The coolest function is CloudPlay’s ability to create music playlists from free online sources, all mixed together.
Configuration and setup is straightforward, and includes keyboard shortcuts to control playback and search.
CloudPlay lets you create unlimited playlists of streaming music from multiple sources. It even displays YouTube music videos in HD.
And, music tracks can be shared in OS X Mountain Lion to Twitter, Facebook, Messages, and Mail. Considering the music CloudPlay finds and plays is free, it’s hard to argue with the nominal price.
If only CloudPlay was available for iPhone and iPad.