(This is a repost of an entry that got “lost” in the recent move on Antikrish.)
I’m lucky enough (I think) to work from home. I need a little bit of “noise” when I’m working as I miss out on the usual office chat and gossip. Aww…shame 🙂 Anyway, I used to listen to Pandora with the funky Pandora’s Box by Daniel Mackey. Unfortunately it’s impossible to listen to the service now in the UK without using a proxy because of…well, have a look at part of an email that was sent to me from Pandora.
As you probably know, in July of 2007 we had to block usage of Pandora outside the U.S. because of the lack of a viable license structure for Internet radio streaming in other countries. It was a terrible day. We did however hold out some hope that a solution might exist for the UK, so we left it unblocked as we worked diligently with the rights organizations to negotiate an economically workable license fee. After over a year of trying, this has proved impossible. Both the PPL (which represents the record labels) and the MCPS/PRS Alliance (which represents music publishers) have demanded per track performance minima rates which are far too high to allow ad supported radio to operate and so, hugely disappointing and depressing to us as it is, we have to block the last territory outside of the US.
So I’m now using the teeny-tiny Screamer Radio. It’s freeware, it isn’t a resource hog and it’s portable. Huzzah! Here’s a link to its features page.
It’s certainly not the same as Pandora but it is good. My favourite stations are Beatles-A-Rama!!! and Fun Radio France. I think Beatles (A-Rama…and don’t forget the 3 exclamation marks!!!) is my favourite. It has a good bit rate and the Walmart adverts are truly wonderfull
Go on…download it…you know you want to…
And I nearly forgot…you can also record the tracks you are listening to. Here’s 1 I made earlier (Ho’okena – ‘Ulili E from the excellent HawaiianRainbow.com).