Now this is interesting; just got word that the Melodeo folks have launched a new beta service called nuTsie. The concept is simple: stream your iTunes music to your cell phone for free. Sounds good so far. The service’s tagline is a little misleading though: "Listen to your iTunes on your mobile". Why doesn’t that description sound accurate to me, even though it does sound appealing? It’s in the approach….
After you join nuTsie’s service, you upload the metadata of your iTunes collection to nuTsie, i.e.: not the actual music files that exist on your computer. nuTsie then uses that information and compares it to the iTunes files on their servers which is what physically gets streamed to your phone. It’s ingenious because it doesn’t require that your computer be powered on, i.e.: you’re not really accessing the music files on your computer. On the flipside, I wonder if Apple or the music labels will have any issues or concerns. It’s not as though you’re listening to music you don’t own, but you’re not listening to the copy you purchased either….interesting. Regardless, the beta service is free if you want to give it a try on your phone.