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Spotify Initial Impressions

Spotify Initial Impressions

My first impressions about Spotify, the on-demand streaming Internet music service that recently became available in the United States. I also compare it to suggestion engines like Pandora, and if the $10/month for the Premium service is worth your money.

Posted in: music, review
One Year as a Pandora One Subscriber

One Year as a Pandora One Subscriber

I renewed my annual subscription to Pandora One at the tail end of June. As of this writing, Pandora One runs $36 a year. Pandora One gives you some nifty things like ad-free listening in the Web browser version, better quality audio settings, longer listening times between “Are You Listening?” pauses, and unlimited listening time […]

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Pandora: Electronic Music of Yesteryear?

Pandora: Electronic Music of Yesteryear?

“I stopped using Pandora,” my friend Bond said last week. “It plays a bunch of old music.” “No way,” I huffed, defending my beloved music suggestion service. I learned about Pendulum through Pandora, and I just heard Infected Mushroom’s latest album on my “Don’t Go to Sleep” custom station. I wrote down the next 50 […]

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iTrek mini USB to 3.5mm adapter for HTC Touch / Verizon vx6900 review

iTrek mini USB to 3.5mm adapter for HTC Touch / Verizon vx6900 review

My search for a way to connect my HTC Touch / Verizon vx6900 to my car stereo leads me to the iTrek mini-USB to 3.5mm adapter. Installation is a snap and the price is right, but audio quality is sub-standard.

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Pandora.com now available on (very select) Windows Mobile phones

Pandora.com now available on (very select) Windows Mobile phones

I love, love, love Pandora Radio, which suggests music for you based on the types of music you like. One of the things I’ve always wanted is a way to listen to Pandora in my car. I was jealous when iPhone users got to listen to Pandora on the go, and I hoped for a […]

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Internet radio is about to get punched in the balls … again.

Internet radio is about to get punched in the balls … again.

I’ve written about how royalties have threatened Internet radio in the past. According to this Ars Technica article, it seems like the Sound Exchange is trying to drive nails in the coffins of my favorite Internet radio stations. Ars Technica discusses the awesome-o Pandora in particular, but the disproportionally high royalty fees will affect all […]

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Internet radio royalty increase on indefinite hold

Internet radio royalty increase on indefinite hold

From Ars Technica: Internet radio royalty rates are not going to go up as expected — at least, not yet anyway. This announcement was made during a Congressional discussion. SoundExchange, the entity responsible for collecting the increased fees, announced that they would attempt to negotiate something more reasonable with Webcasters. The royalty increase has been […]

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Another last ditch effort at helping Internet radio

Another last ditch effort at helping Internet radio

Gibberish reader Stomper sent this along to me in an email, and I think it’s important enough to warrant its own post. This was mentioned in my intial post about the proposed increase to Internet radio royalties, but the email below has a direct link to a petition/feedback form for your area Congressperson. The feedback […]

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