Couple of weeks ago I had reviewed a startup called Spool.fm. Today I came across an almost identical service called Jiwa Music. Jiwa Music enables users to play the song they want to listen to. Although both the services are appear to be similar there is a major difference. Spool.fm doesnt host any of the music files on it’s servers thus falling in the legally grey area. However, unlike Spool.fm Jiwa allows it’s users to upload songs which are then stored in it’s server. Not surprisingly, majority of the user uploaded content is illegal.
Users can search for their favourite tracks and save them in custom playlists. These playlists can be accessed from anywhere and shared with friends. You can even embed Jiwa Music player in your website. However Jiwa doesn’t allow you to synchronize your Now Playing list with friends. Also missing is the ability to integrate with audioscrobbler (last.fm). The sound quality is decent. Jiwah also seems to have a larger collection of songs. I couldn’t find any Indian songs though. Jiwa has some nice community based features. You can see what other Jiwa users are listening to and can interact with the community through the Shoutbox. The interface is rather simplistic. It isn’t as pretty as Spool.fm but works rather well. However, there are a few bugs here and there. The ability to search for videos is also thrown in. However only videos from youtube are indexed so it offers little advantage over a youtube video search.
Spool.fm has some unique and compelling features but Jiwa Music provides better content.