Music is life for most of us. Instead of illegal download of MP3s, I use musicindiaonline.com to fill the silence in my life, for two reasons:-
- It has a huge collection of songs, in different languages.
- It provides two options to stream music – mp3 and Real media (perfect for dial-up users).
Recently, musicindiaonline.com has launched a product, called Rhydhun that sounds like Hinglish version of Rhythm. It is a music jukebox desktop application that provides access to CD quality music for 113,712 tracks and 13,706 albums after signing up for an account at their website.
After getting the beta invitation for Rhydhun version 0.5 preview release and using it for some time, here are the few points which I noted:-
- Look and feel of the application is very similar to any other music jukebox application.
- To use this application it requires internet connection that authorizes your credentials.
- Song quality is good, but it takes time to buffer. So, it is not ideal for dial-up users.
- Songs are buffered to the local cache. So, it saves bandwidth when it is played next time.
- The database contains songs of various Genres like Hindi, Classical, Fusion, World .etc, but is not synchronous with the song collection at musicindiaonline.com. It does not include the latest releases available at the website.
- The music jukebox application has a 10-band equalizer with effects.
- You can search for a song, album .etc.
- Album information is not available for all albums.
- You can create your playlist but it is for that local computer only. You can’t export or import playlist or save it online. They can very well synchronize it with musicindiaonline.com account and playlist.
- By default it uses 300 Mb for audio cache (to save bandwidth for later play) and 50 Mb for data cache that includes search results. You can change them as per your needs.
Currently this application has no pop-ups, ads but eventually has plans to monetize – either via a monthly subscription fee or launching an e-store.
But, what is the future of musicindiaonline.com and why are they changing their revenue model? Is it because of increasing popularity of Adblock firefox plugin or many other softwares that block ads on websites.