The concept of cloud computing, in which files are stored and processed on distant servers instead of your desktop, may seem abstract. But streaming song download service Mougg, which lets users remotely store up to 1GB of digital music free for on-demand playback, is making it sound a whole lot more interesting.
Once registered with a valid email address, listeners can upload MP3 or M4a tracks via an idiot-proof point-and-click interface. Those are then housed online for later access from your Web browser or a free Android app. Tunes can be accessed, skipped or paused on-command from any connected device — smartphones or laptops — and assembled into playlists for easy sorting. Facebook and Twitter integration also allows you to share which tracks you're listening to via status updates.
Monthly premium plans are available in 10GB ($2.99), 40GB ($4.99) and 100GB ($7.99) installments. Fast, simple and convenient, the barebones feature set handles most major media player functions with ease. With a planned iOS app forthcoming, it may even beat Apple's own oft-rumored iTunes streaming service to the punch.