It’s a behemoth app that tries to do everything for everyone.
It’s a music player, a music store, a media player, a media store, an application store, an internet radio station, and more complex than ever to navigate around. iTunes is also not very good at venturing beyond Apple’s stores to find free music. Enter CloudPlay, a cloud-based app for the Mac which lets you search the internet for free music and makes music playlists.
Where does free music come from? YouTube, SoundCloud, edam, Jamendo, BandSoup, a long list of internet radio stations– all from within the CloudPlay app.
Begin searching by entering keywords– title, album, artist– and CloudPlay lists what’s available and where. Then just make a playlist.
Create as many song playslists as you need, including YouTube music. Volume is controlled independently of iTunes. Music tracks can be shared from the Mac to Twitter, Facebook, and email.
I have no doubts that Apple wants all Mac, iPhone, and iPad users to live in iTunes. That’s where the music is, but not all of it. And, of course, Apple wants us to buy music, whereas CloudPlay is a player that searches for free music.
A few items are missing, though. There’s no fullscreen support for YouTube videos, no cloud sync, and the online sources for free music are quickly exhausted.
Still, for a few dollars you can have all the free music you can find.