There are a lot of online services popping up that help you get fast access to your favorite tunes without having to drop a dime. One of my favorites is definitely Grooveshark, but there are a plenty of other alternatives out there. The one I’m going to talk about today is called Moof.
Moof is interesting because, like some other services we’ve seen, it relies on the availability of music videos on YouTube. That has both positive and negative sides. The positive is that you should be able to find virtually any song you want. The negative, however, is that you may have to sift through a lot of poorly formatted titles to find the one you’re looking for. There is a nifty feature that will help you populate your library though.
In the screenshot above you may have noticed the “upload” link in the upper-right corner. Naturally you’d think Moof would let you upload your own songs, but it doesn’t. Instead you upload your iTunes library XML file, and it will automatically find matching songs for everything in your music library. It will also pull in any existing playlists that you’ve already created in iTunes, which makes things a lot easier than trying to start from scratch.
I figured some of you may be unsure of where your iTunes Music Library XML file is located, and so here is a breakdown of the locations based on the operating system you’re using:
Mac OS X
/Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml
Windows XP & 2000
\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
Moof may not be revolutionary, but the import feature makes it a little easier to get access to your favorite songs and playlists from any desktop browser. You can also re-upload the iTunes XML file as you make changes to your music library in iTunes, and it will intelligently add new songs to Moof. Doing so will not create duplicate entries, which is something I was worried about.