check out pandora
this is a wonderful free program that builds your own personal radio stations according to your likes and dislikes for jazz and popular music.
I stream it to my airport express via a program called airfoil.
check it out!
here's an informative article comparing pandora to
I have this subscription and find it useful when I'm just dodging in and out of the room. Every now something catches my ear and I buy it - a bit like downloading mp3s from the internet - a good sampler, but better filtered!

It doesn't work for classical music though as far as I have found.
I find both Pandora and to be great for finding new music.

On the Mac, the player is invasive. Any time it opens, it resets the Audio Midi Setup to 2ch-16bit and 44.1Khz. (I like to up-sample iTunes to 48Khz to 96Khz). also wants you to install a piece of software called Audioscrobbler that continually tells them what you are listening to on other players. I don't like the idea of that.
Any new reports on this service?

Either from the perspective of

- content? or
- sound?

Thank you.

When I want to discover and listen to new music and meet others with similar tastes, I go to

Here is my setup. I love to listen to internet radio, and access the 60gigs of music files on my apple mac g4 computer with the Squeezebox 3 (SB3). I find this to be an unbeatable setup for work and play. I use the SB3 as my digital source for my stereo. I find it quite respectable sounding for my needs. I do my all my listening far away from the computer in another room. The SB3 is connected wirelessly.

Back to It's a free download and simple install which consists of the last player and the audioscrobbler plugin. Once installed, I use the audioscrobbler plugin to relay my listening habits back to where a track list is created auto-magically on my free web page there. To check me out:

Wait, wait, that's not all... uses collaborative software, much like amazon does, i.e. readers who liked ... also liked .... The difference here is the intention to create connection and community, and the level of automation. By installing their audioscrobbler plugin, your preferences in music are uploaded to when you listen music with the plugin enabled. Then, this information is compared with over a million other listeners' individual musical tastes.

With this data sorted, offers you an individualized feed consisting of music that other listeners with tastes similar to you have enjoyed. These listening suggestions are fed to you via a 128k streaming media file. Your personalized feed is then further refined when you respond to current selections being played: your choices are to "love," "skip," or "ban" the current track. These listening preferences are logged by last's vast servers.

Since is all about connection, this new social network also locates for you your musical "neighbors," people from around the world with similar musical tastes (my immediate neighbors, both male and female, range in age from 23 to 54; one lives in Japan and another in Thailand). And like other social networks, tagging is all the rage. Tag tracks and see how other listeners tag. Listen to tag radio. And since no social network would be complete without avatars, shoutboxes, friends, and groups, naturally these are also available.

Membership has its privilages: when you become a last subcriber (for $3 per month), you gain access to additional feeds made up entirely of your "loved tracks," You also gain access to other listeners' "loved tracks" feeds.

This process of listening to and rating your musical finds is fun and easy, and before I knew it I had created my own personal radio station, a station other subscribers can tune into also.

I prefer to listen away from my seat at the computer so I do not use the free software based player. Instead I enjoy the god-sent functionality of the Slimdevices SB3 and its remote for making my preferences known to

Personally, I have not found any aspect of the service to be "invasive." I have no qualms about letting the world know what I am listening to, in fact, I enjoy it! And, with there are no pop-ups, no special offers by email, and, thank God, no flashy suggestions for artists I have already heard far too much of. I find to be the very antithisis of Real networks and Microscoft player popup hell, in fact, I hesitate to mention them in the same sentence. is a revolutionary social network designed by geeky music lovers as a gift to (perhaps, not so geeky) music lovers. It's a new place for all of us who like to discover music new and old, and share our treasures with others.

Again, I invite you to have a look and give me a shout: