April 23, 2008 |
Ubuket is the new darling of the music playlist creation set. Entering the ring with recent darlings MuxTape and Grooveshark, among others, Ubuket gives you a way to pull music from a variety of places online and on your computer and make playlists. You can even grab music from video sites like YouTube.
Ubuket is quite easy to use. Once you sign up you can grab tunes from a variety of places, including your computer, and turn them into playlists for sharing with your friends, coworkers, blog readers or site visitors. It is not as quick as MuxTape with its 12 song load limit, and not as complex as Grooveshark with its monetized playlists and review sytem.
You can embed your Ubuket and access it or add to it from a variety of places. It has web applications with FaceBook, Bebo, MySpace, the Ubuket site, your desktop via Adobe Air and now the iPhone as well. The web application is a sleek looking player interface. My only complaint with it is that is came up very small on my monitor and there was no way to make it larger.
More interesting than where and how you can share your Ubuket playlists is where you can get the music. You can upload it from your computer, find it on Seeqpod, or grab it from Flickr, YouTube, Last.FM and more. The quality of the playback is surprisingly good, although they have an annoying equalizer type graphic that flickers while a song is playing that I wasn’t fond of.
Don’t think that Ubuket is only about music. It is also for streaming videos and photos into “playlists” as well. This is a nice feature, especially since it will grab videos from links to add to the playlist, saving you the time and hassle of uploading, though just as with the music you can grab files from your computer as well.
The purpose of Ubuket is to streamline your multimedia experience, pulling in your multi media files and favorites from all over the web. It does it quite well, meaning that you can share your enriched life and interests with more of the social web than ever before, or just take your media stream with you to enjoy on the go. Ubuket gets a thumbs up from me – it’s definitely something I’ll be going back to.