itunes radio - are you listening?


mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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I was addicted for a while there but then I woke up and realised I've got 10,000 perfectly good tracks in my library, some of which have never been listened to. So now my new task is to get these under my belt, then I might go back to the radio.
 

sourcemonkey

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yeah, i'm suffering from a lack of new blood in my library and radio is giving me an idea of what some new bands/artists are doing. (mainly slower electronic music). i remember australia having some great radio stations... PBS in melbourne had some great shows for example.
 

Davito

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Jun 16, 2004
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Yes. I love listening to some jazz radio-streams while working on the computer :)

The stations that I can recieve with the real radio here in Switzerland all have the same mainstream-music, so the iTunes channels are a welcome change.
 

_pb_boi

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Feb 25, 2004
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di.fm's deep house station. Used to be on in my room ~5 hours a day.

Still listen quite a bit, but atm, I tend to listen more to tracks in my library. Downloading a lot these days.

andy.
 

steve_hill4

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I think like most here, I forget it's there. It has some good stuff on it, but needs to have a lot more too. Most of the stations are US based and I would like to hear more of the stations from other countries on there too. Haven't checked back in a while, but I would much prefer to listen to the BBC radio stations through iTunes than through their website.
 

mactastic

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mad jew said:
I was addicted for a while there but then I woke up and realised I've got 10,000 perfectly good tracks in my library, some of which have never been listened to. So now my new task is to get these under my belt, then I might go back to the radio.
I created a smart playlist that I called 'Unplayed' and put the criteria as any song with a play count of zero. After a couple of weeks I had listened to everything once at least.

That list still comes in handy for tracking any new stuff I've added but forgotten about.

iTunes radio? I stopped listening when they had to take KPIG live off the list.
 

Graeme A

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Aug 6, 2003
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I listened to Club 977 for a long while when I was working overseas, and Virgin Radio 1215 was good for those tastes of home.

I am a big fan of Internet Radio, being from the UK but working all over the world, it's good to be able to listen to sounds from home. BBC Radio (moved from R1 to R2 as I'm getting an old fart now), Metro Radio 97.1 for Night Owls and the best Newcastle footy commentary. I just hope that The Fox (melbourne, AU) get their act together for broadcasting live, and I will be very happy.

An old radio station I used to listen to was thecoast.com but it went the way of the dodo :(
 

seanet

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Mar 1, 2005
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soma.fm

Indie Pop Rocks is great stuff and a lot of other streams are great too. Basically one of the guy who initially developed streaming technology in the early 90s has a massive server farm in his garage. Cool grass-roots project. Check it out!

soma.fm

Later Guys, Sean
 

snowdog

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Jan 21, 2004
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garybUK said:
Virgin radio on iTunes is great :)
Is that stream a bit buggy?
The 128 kbit stream is often downgraded to 32 kbit when I try to listen.

Haven't seen anyone mentioning Radio Paradise in this thread.
They have a very good selection of old rock classics and stuff that you've never heard before.
A very nice feedback system as well at their site, Radioparadise.com
 

garybUK

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snowdog said:
Is that stream a bit buggy?
The 128 kbit stream is often downgraded to 32 kbit when I try to listen.

Haven't seen anyone mentioning Radio Paradise in this thread.
They have a very good selection of old rock classics and stuff that you've never heard before.
A very nice feedback system as well at their site, Radioparadise.com
I normally get uninterrupted 128kbps ... the links on their website are not as good as the itunes stream. depends on the time of day / usage i suppose.
 

MontyZ

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I also think the radio selection in iTunes is too limited. The stations listed there often play the same music over and over and over for a long time, so, it gets boring fast. I wish there was a way to add more variety.
 

joepunk

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Aug 5, 2004
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I listen to kexp 90.3 (Seattle based) since I can't listen to it 90 miles away in Bellingham, Wa. At least here in B'ham I can listen to CBC Radio 3 on Canadian Radio Saturday evenings and very early Monday mornings.
 

stubeeef

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Aug 10, 2004
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I recently spent a week in a hotel in Chicago and was running through some of the stations and found a great one for me anyway.

Under iTunes sources>radio>Talk/Spokin Word>serious comedy radio . It is pretty clean family friendly comic clips that were putting me in stiches. Now I'm in my mid 40's and live in the south, I appreciate self depricating redneck humor, but Cheech&Chong too.
 

pinto32

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Oct 19, 2003
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I'm home for the summer, and have been spending more time on my parent's PC than my iBook (just for conveniance sake). Without my music library handy, I have been hooked on the radio, namely Y100.

Anyone from Eastern PA/Jersey probably remembers it when it was on FM until this past February. Idiotic corporation killed it (despite 500,000 regular listeners) because they felt they could make more money with a crappy rap station. Fortunatly, some of the DJs are broadcasting from home, etc. and it is living on through the net, as they fight to get it back on the air. If your into modern rock/alternative, I really suggest checking it out....one of the best stations I've ever heard on FM, and easily the best on the web, IMO.
 

treysmay

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Apr 8, 2005
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toronto, ontario, canada
oh yeah

I have my itunes on all the time man.
i just shuffle my library or listen to
-somaFM presents: Indie pop rocks
-KINK FM
-dublab
-KCRW music
alot of my friends forget the radio is even in itunes, but i love it :D
 

wdschrank

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May 19, 2005
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Think the radio feature is a great addition. I think they had a Holidays channel in December, right? Thought that was pretty cool.
 

Tanglewood

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~Resurrection~

I use the Radio function of iTunes a lot at work where I don't really have any music in the library. I have tons of post-it notes with new bands scribbled down to go download when I get home (where I have too much music).

Favorite station? KPRI in the Alt/Modern Rock section. The great part is that since it is local station I can listen to it on the drive home as well.