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[qi:031] WeBot, a San Francisco-based digital media startup that was founded by alumni of Shoutcast and AOL Music, has come up with a nifty little solution that allows you to stream MP3 files and your digital photos over the Internet. We recently met with WeBot CEO […]

[qi:031] WeBot, a San Francisco-based digital media startup that was founded by alumni of Shoutcast and AOL Music, has come up with a nifty little solution that allows you to stream MP3 files and your digital photos over the Internet.

We recently met with WeBot CEO David Gottesman and CTO Chris Amen. They gave us a demo of the service, which is currently in limited beta. (If you use registration code “GigaOM” it will get you ahead of the queue.) And, and least in demo mode, it looked pretty darned good.

Less than a year old, and thus far angel-funded, WeBot has build a desktop software that, once installed, turns your computer into a server, allowing you to share and access your music and photos.

You can install the software on any number of computers and it doesn’t matter if they are running Windows (XP, Vista), Mac OS X, or Linux.

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You go to the WeBot web site, register, and using a pretty simple interface, link all your computers running the software to your account. From there, all of your music and photos are available via the browser. It is a fairly simple and easy process; you just need to remember two things:

1. What folders you want to share (or stream).
2. The software at present supports only JPEG (for photos) and MP3 (for music), though more formats will be supported in coming months.

It is a clever product that helps aggregate the digital clutter some of us have spread across our various computers. Their iPhone application, in particular, is pretty awesome. It seems like you are actually using the “iPod” part of the iPhone, even though streams are coming via the browser.

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The music and photos are streamed over both EDGE and WiFi, though WiFi is clearly superior. This application might be even more useful with the pending launch of iPod Touch, the WiFi-based iPod device.

Let me know what you think of this service. I will get around to playing with it over the weekend, and update the post if I have any further thoughts.

  1. Thanks for the post. It is always good to talk to you and we value your feedback. We have a very active beta group helping us work through bugs, provide feature input, etc. on http://forums.webot.com.

    I wanted to remind GigaOM readers that we are in private beta and are still working through performance tweaks, bugs and such. We’ve already had some GigaOM readers sign-up and are looking forward to their feedback.

    As this is a private beta, there are a limited number of seats available. If we fill our private beta list, we may need to close registration temporarily until the public beta opens.

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  2. Well ! That is a great solution for a $600, ohh sorry, I mean, a $400 phone ! :)

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  3. [...] monopoly then companies that build other apps for the iPhone are going to change those economics. Om Malik at GigaOm met with the founders and has a decent writeup on the subject. Of course, with Columbia Records [...]

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  4. Nice product UI there Chris. I joined the beta, though I dont own a iPhone, but if the app lets me share my collection over any browser (on PC or on PocketPC or on Nokia), its good.

    Hoping to give it a run over the weekend.

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  5. How is this different from
    1. Avvenu
    2. Nutsie
    3. Soonr

    I mean trying to be innovative is something and trying to just come up with one more is another… Well I guess we have a need and this might just suit someone better than than the others.

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  6. [...] Many Computers From Any One of ThemThere’s this new free service called WeBot reported by GigaOm that enables you to stream multimedia files from any of your computers to the other. You have to [...]

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  7. osafw,

    actually try and then see how it works. unlike soonr it is focusing not on all your files and access to those files, but instead it is simpler media file sharing/streaming. i think soonr has a bigger (and different) value proposition.

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  8. [...] found out WeBot via Om Malik. WeBot is currently in limited beta. Om graciously shares registration code “GigaOM” This will [...]

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  9. Would WeBot also work for the new iPod Touch?

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  10. The webot service will work with the new iPod Touch! It has the same Safari web browser as the iphone.

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