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Thing 42 Music 2 0

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Thing 42. Music 2.0

Learn more about Internet radio, sources of online music and more.



When Minnesota Public Radio ended the long-running, much-loved The Morning Show in December, many listeners had to learn about Internet music options (or, in the Twin Cities, HD radio, a service that allows multiple broadcasts on the same FM frequency) so they could listen to Dale Connelly and Heartland Radio, MPR's new service based on The Morning Show. Heartland Radio is streamed 24/7 over the Internet, requiring a computer with a media player and a relatively highspeed connection.


Internet Radio and Web 2.0 music services offer a wide, ever-changing array of music of all types. Rather than be limited to Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Oldies, Talk, and other formula radio, we can choose from over 15,000 Internet radio stations. Some are mainstream--MPR, KRCW public radio from LA, NPR, BBC's array, and other broadcast stations--but many are aimed at niche audiences, college students, world music lovers, and others. You can find Internet radio stations listed on Reciva.com, Radio-Locator, live365, and other sites you can find with a quick "internet radio" search. iTunes also lists Internet radio stations by genre.

A recurring characteristic of Web 2.0 is personalization and customization. You really see this when it comes to online music. There are multiple sites that allow you to create your own "radio station" based on your music preferences. One of the most ambitious is Pandora, Internet Radio based on the Music Genome Project. The Music Genome Project has analyzed the "genes" of 10s of thousands of songs. You put in a song or artist and Pandora will build you a radio station, suggesting other artists (which you can rate by giving a thumbs up or thumbs down). Pandora will incorporate your feedback and construct accordingly.  

Last.fm is another site that allows you to build personal music lists/radio stations. According to Last.fm, "Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like - and recommend songs from their music collections and yours, too." 


Both Last.fm and Pandora have the social networking part of Web 2.0, too. When you have an account, you can recommend songs, find others who like the artists you do, and other social things.


blip.fm  is another social radio site--become  a DJ, select music and share it with your friends. Add your radio station to your home page, too. 


Other Music Resources






Can't understand/remember the lyrics? Mashable lists 9 sites for lyrics.

What's hot in your area?

The Hype Machine is an MP3 blog aggregator that gathers all the audio links on MP3 blogs into one place

As your music interests grow, you may want to look into ways to manage your audio files and Internet radio stations.
iTunes and a new service called Songbird offer not only listening, but many other ways to browse, organize, share, and expand your collections via their stores. Songbird aims to be Firefox for music--Lifehacker discusses some Songbird plug-ins.






To listen to digital music you'll need a computer with a sound card and Internet access. (Many mobile devices also have digital audio capabilites, including some mobile phones.) You'll also need an audio player--if you don't already have one installed they are easy to download from the web. Popular audio players include:


Note that some digital radio stations do not broadcast in multiple formats and you may be prompted to download their chosen streaming program. If you use WMP and the station uses RealPlayer, for example, you will probably be prompted to download and install it there and then. This is usually quick and easy to do. As always, be sure that anything you download from the Internet is from a trustworthy source.


Once you are ready to go:


1. Create a Pandora account and/or a Last.fm account.

2. Create your own station. 

3. Using the sources in the Learn section, find one or more Internet radio stations. Go beyond your usual music listening and find something new.

4. Listen to the radio!

5. Add a widget to your blog or personal homepage from 365live, Last.fm, or other Internet radio stations. Here's a ShoutCast radio  widget.


Blog Prompts

  1. Have you used any of these services previously? What do you think? Will Internet radio replace broadcast?
  2. Can you recommend any radio stations that you found?
  3. Any problems with any of this--technical difficulties, finding a station difficulties?









Comments (2)

quirkydave said

at 7:47 am on Apr 28, 2009

I saw a news headline over the weekend that Real was being sued again for allowing illegal copying. DVD, I think, rather than music.

Laura Miller said

at 2:30 am on Apr 24, 2009

You may also be interested in 7 Sites to Get Free Music (Legally!) http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/where-to-get-free-music-legally/

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