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MP3tunes digital music locker comes to Roku box

July 20, 2010 |  6:00 am

Roku MP3tunes, a cloud-based digital music storage service, said it had signed a deal to be an application for the Roku device, which lets television viewers access Internet-based entertainment without a cable subscription.

Based in Saratoga, Calif., Roku has sold more than 700,000 devices, priced from $80 to $130, that attach to standard TV sets. Using an Internet connection, the device pulls in a number of applications to the TV, including Netflix's Instant Watch movies, Pandora Internet radio, Amazon's Video on Demand and live Major League Baseball games via MLB.tv.

On Tuesday, MP3tunes joins the queue, letting users access their digital music collection on their TVs. Here's how it works: Users upload their music collection to MP3tunes' servers in San Diego. Once uploaded, they can access their music files from any Web browser, Android or iPhone, and now the Roku.

Why play music on your TV? It turns out that many people do just that, especially if the TV is hooked up to a surround-sound system.

MP3tunes, founded by Michael Robertson, lets Roku users upload up to 10 gigabytes of music -- the equivalent of more than 2,000 digital songs -- free. The company makes money when users spring for more storage -- $40 a year will pay for a 50-gigabyte "locker," $200 pays for 200 gigabytes.

-- Alex Pham
twitter.com/alexpham

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