FavTape is a great replacement for those looking to fill the Muxtape void.
It was just over a month ago that online mixtape service Muxtape shut down in order to placate threats by the RIAA.
“Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA,” read the site.
It was a great service because it allowed music fans to upload and share their favorite tracks with family and friends. Some have observed that “…instead of learning what’s innovative, the RIAA has simply decided on a two pronged strategy: (1) get every new and innovative site shut down and (2) offer them one way to return: if they hand over a big chunk of equity.”
I couldn’t agree more. Enter FavTape. FavTape is a similarly innovative new site that offers the ability to share music playlists like Muxtape, but without actually hosting any content on its servers. It instead uses the Seeqpod API to stream music. For the unfamiliar, Seeqpod is a site that scours the net for audio streams and indexes them for visitors to listen to. The DMCA’s “safe harbor” provision is what should essentially protect SeeqPod, and thus Favtape, from any copyright infringement liability claims.
Though not as versatile as Muxtape (it relies on music available from others instead of ones personal library), it does make playlists much more interesting and in depth. Each includes not only a link to stream a given track, but also one for its YouTube video, its purchase on Amazon, iTunes, or as a ringtone, and even to e-mail or post on Twitter.
You can even embed on a website or blog or use the iPhone’s mobile interface so you can listen to your playlists on the go.
If that wasn’t enough you can create a Favtape from your Last.fm or Pandora bookmarks.
Still not impressed? Then how about being able to search through the top songs of each year since 1901 or the top 100 songs on iTunes?