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Last.fm changed its policy about a year and a half ago; from that time onwards users from outside the USA, UK and Germany were no longer able to listen to the radio for free but had to pay a monthly subscription fee. The company found itself unable to generate enough advertising income to keep the free service going except in those countries where it actually had a presence on the ground, which is fair enough, I suppose...Even though the subscription fee is low, I didn't sign up for it because I'd always been an infrequent user; but lately I've been wondering if anyone knows of any other free Internet radio that isn't restricted to the US and has a half decent catalogue? For a while it seemed Deezer might fulfill my needs, but it fails to recognise many of the artists I'm interested in. So my question now is: does anyone have any experience with Spotify, preferably a positive one, that they'd like to share with me?

Sort of related, here's a meme I nicked from fenchurche:

Open your music player and select to shuffle the songs from your full collection. List the first 15 songs that play. Worse case, just shuffle your ipod. Tag 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what randomly plays from your collection, and don't lie about the obscure horrible stuff that might play

No obscure horrible stuff here, I'm afraid; I seem to have become quite staid in my musical tastes and the following list only serves to confirm that impression.

01. Songbird - Eva Cassidy
02. Some Like It Hot - The Power Station (Robert Palmer, how I miss you!)
03. Elephant Stone - The Stone Roses
04. The Whole Point Of No Return - The Style Council
05. Rockin' The Suburbs - Ben Folds
06. When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout (oooh, that takes me back!)
07. Safesurfer - Julian Cope
08. Sunshine - Keane
09. Washington, D.C. - The Magnetic Fields
10. Take It Off - The Donnas
11. Radioactivity (Warsaw) - Kraftwerk
12. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
13. The Infanta - The Decemberists
14. Gideon - My Morning Jacket
15. Saturday Night - Herman Brood & His Wild Romance

As always, I won't tag anyone, but leave it up to the individual to decide whether or not this meme is for them.


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Nov. 7th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Wi7!

It lets you listen to whatever song you want,and create playlists and play them,and not have to listen to whatever they think you might want too listen too.
They play very short adverts every 4 songs or so,and I have only been a member for a couple of months,and already I have gained 2 advert free days through my loyalty of using the station.

Nov. 7th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
That sounds good. I don't like the idea of audio adverts grafted onto songs, but I'll give it a try anyway. Thanks.
Nov. 7th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if it works in the UK, but try pandora.com. I love it.
Nov. 7th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion, but Pandora is one of those that's only available in the US.
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
My daughter uses Spotify - and she has pretty eclectic tastes in music.
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I've just had a look-see. It carries music from my woobies (Common Rotation and David Berkeley) and even lists a track by Griffin House, but no Corn Mo I'm afraid...Still, looks like it might be worth an extended try-out!
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I LOVE ROCKING THE SUBURBS. I'm not going to find my Ben Folds CDs and rock out to it.
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm a late convert to Ben Folds. I'd never heard of him until a few years ago when my friend Jon (aka Corn Mo) opened for him, but then I was hooked ;-)
( 8 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
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