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Spotify: Good Music For Free

Are you bummed out that YouTube is removing all of its music videos? Wondering where your going to get your fix of free music? Spotify is the answer.

Ok, this is probably one of my best software finds ever. I actually cannot believe how long I have gone without using this program now that I know about it.

Spotify is a freely available application which you can download to your pc and will let you browse through an extensive library of music (and i really mean extensive, not perfect but much better than i was expecting), in what I am sure is a rip off of the iTunes style interface. But the most impressive part is that not once has Spotify ever given me a “Buffering” or “Loading” sign at all (and I’m using a not-to-spectacular 3G connection) and the audio quality is crystal clear.



The program itself is pretty solid, with the majority of features you’d expect: search, there’s a radio function provided, and they provide a “what’s new?” and “top lists” section. They even include the ability to create your own play lists so that you can keep you favourite tracks close.

That all sounds fantastic I hear you say, “But what’s the catch?” Well I’m afraid that there is just one: every 10 or so songs you have to listen to an audio ad which lasts about 30s, and there are a few little pop ups occasionally, but that’s it. Hardly bad considering your getting unlimited amounts of music for free. However if you are really bothered by this you can buy a monthly subscription or a day pass to rid yourself of the ads.

At the moment Spotify will run on both Windows or Mac, but I’ve seen it running with Wine on Linux and there were absolutely no problems with it.


Iphone App: Wunder Radio

In this mornings post I’m going to give a little write up to the Wunder Radio app, winner of best radio app at Macworld 2008.

Wunder Radio does pretty much what it says on the tin, it’s an Iphone app which allows the user to connect to hundreds of local and internet radio stations across your area and across the globe.

Wunder Radio comes with most of the features you would hope you’d find. You can search for a radio station, or browse through categories of genre, location etc.  Wunder Radio has the ability to show you local radio stations near you via GPS (invaluable for local news, weather, traffic reports etc.)You can also favorite a radio station at the touch of a button. Another great feature is that it displays similar radio station suggestions along with the one your tuned into, making it easy for discovery of new stations. If you can’t fine the radio station your looking for then you can even enter your own URL to add it to your library. When your listening in to your favorite station, Wunder Radio will give you recommendations of ‘stations like this’ allowing you to find new stations to your taste.

What makes this app really good is that it is one of those few apps that just work when you want them to. I’ve been using it for a little while and it always buffers relatively fast, even on a slow connection. And i have never had it crash. The downside is that it eats into the battery like theres no tomorrow. It also costs im afraid, the heft price of £3.49 (or about $5.01), but I have to say that it is definatley worth it if you love your radio.

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