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Old 02-13-09, 01:47 PM   #1
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Now that Yahoo killed Launchcast, what's a streamer to do?

I was happy. Quite happy for fix, six years? paying my $25/year for commercial free streaming music from Yahoo's Launchcast. No commercials, rate and guide the music to my tastes, neatly hidden away inside yahoo IM so I didn't have to waste real estate with it.

Well, they killed it. Replaced with CBS Radio Network crap. CRAP. Not only that, no paid opt-out for commercial-free. Instead, we get to have a 30-second spot EVERY SECOND SONG. Are you effing kidding me??



Ugh.

So I'm trying last.fm. I'll try Pandora too. I'm not willing to pony up $13/mo for Rhapsody (come ON!) but I need to have streaming music at work. I die without it. Boo for me.

Any others besides last.fm and Pandora I should look at? I want to pick a handful of artists and guide from there (ala Launchcast; it doesn't seem last.fm plays anything outside what you tell it).
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Old 02-13-09, 02:00 PM   #2
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Last.fm started slapping on a lot of Flash ads on their pages that they didn't use to. At least you can minimize the window while listening to whatever music stream. I'd say that Last.fm arguably sucks the least.

Pandora is worse... they randomly interrupt radio stations for voice ads.

Probably the best streaming I've encountered was on campus before I graduated with people sharing their music collections via iTunes, so I could stream random people's stashes, but those times are gone (for better or worse) now.
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www.accuradio.com works for me.
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I'm getting by with Pandora, but I'll check out accuradio, that looks promising....

Of course, I could hook up the music collection I have and rotate through it, and actually <gasp> buy new music. Sigh.
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Last.fm started slapping on a lot of Flash ads on their pages that they didn't use to. At least you can minimize the window while listening to whatever music stream. I'd say that Last.fm arguably sucks the least.

Pandora is worse... they randomly interrupt radio stations for voice ads.

Probably the best streaming I've encountered was on campus before I graduated with people sharing their music collections via iTunes, so I could stream random people's stashes, but those times are gone (for better or worse) now.
I've listened for hours at a time over a couple of years and have never heard one.
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Last.fm and Pandora work quite well. If you use Winamp, it lets you connect to shoutcast. It's also accessible through www.shoutcast.com They have tons of radio stations to listen to. My favorite is Radio Paradise, no ads at all because it's listener supported. They almost always have a great music selection running.
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Correction, Pandora was testing ads in the radio streams.

Link here.
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