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HOW TO: Create Free Music Playlists Online Sharing music can be as much fun as listening to it. There are a large number of legal services online that allow you to share songs with friends, but some require paid accounts and software downloads, while others suffer from restricted geographic availability. So, in the spirit of mixtapes from years gone by here we've hand-picked and tested three personalized streaming music services that will let you easily create a playlist online and, better still, share it with friends, wherever in the world they might be. Try out the services we've listed below and let us know which you like the most.

Spotify Technology: How Spotify Works Spotify uses some particularly clever streaming technology to deliver all that instant music. It’s been described in an academic paper by Spotify techno-wizards Gunnar Kreitz and Fredrik Niemelä, who included some very interesting statistics and analysis of their measurements taken during one week in the early part of 2010. It’s a pretty dense technical read, but there are some fascinating stats to be gleaned amongst the computer science. Read on for a condensed summary below! General Stats Spotify is the only on-demand music streaming service that’s not web-based.

TECHNICAL - Internet radio What about Internet Radio? The Internet is recognized as being an attractive delivery platform for radio programmes. Streaming websites have helped to greatly enhance radio programme delivery and there are literally thousands of stations from all around the world that are available.

Ten Top Spotify Tips! Here are ten quick tips to help you get more out of Spotify… 1. Press Ctrl + F when listening to a playlist to display a filter option. Start typing into the filter box to narrow down the list of songs: 2. TECHNICAL - Digital Radio Aspects to consider for digital radio - Cost efficiency of the network, availability of spectrum. - Free to air delivery, possiblity for compact and cheap receivers , mobile/portable reception, simplicity of use. - Multimedia capabilities, including pictures, enhanced text services, rich media, electronic programme guides, etc.

Stuff for Young Kids on Spotify Looking for something to keep your wee ankle-biters amused on long journeys? There’s plenty on Spotify to keep the pre-schoolers entertained, and with the help of, say, a SONOS system or an appropriate in-car head unit, it’s easy to send Spotify to your little tyke’s bedroom or car seat. Here’s five American and five British TV shows for young kids that have soundtrack albums on Spotify, as well as some suggested “classics” to keep the sprogs diverted while you fix yourself a gin & tonic. American TV Bain Capital Owns Clear Channel (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Etc.) Wouldn’t it be great if a Republican presidential candidate could just buy the support of just about every major conservative talk show host in America? Well, it may not be as far-fetched as you may think. Clear Channel owns more radio stations (850) than anyone else in the United States. They also own Premiere Radio Networks, the company that syndicates the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, among others.

Top 10 Spotify Games & Easter Eggs I’ve been surfing through the Spotify catalog for a couple of years now, and in my travels I’ve come across my share of strangeness and oddities hidden in the backwaters. I’ve also noticed some unusual quirks, serendipitous playlisting and even the odd game or two. Here’s a look at ten Spotify Games & Easter Eggs to keep you amused! Downloads - Simple Radio Recorder Did you ever want a simple program to record your podcasts, Internet radio, Pandora, or a satellite radio* (Sirius or XM)? Don't go any further. The Simple Radio Recorder will do it for you. And most of all, if you register within the first 30 days, it is also FREE! Special features:

Ten Things You Thought Were Missing from Spotify (But Aren’t Really) There are many things I believe set Spotify apart from the competition. Chief of which is that Spotify focuses on the music and leaves many of the frills to 3rd parties. Whereas other music subscription services try to bake in as many bells and whistles as possible, Spotify’s open programing interface allows anyone to build apps and websites to compliment the service.

Mid-size and small webcaster reaction to new CRB rates While Pandora, iHeartMedia, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) are content with new CRB rates, the royalty ruling puts smaller streamers on shaky ground, we’ve heard from several sources. The source of unhappiness is expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009, which established a carve-out for small webcasters based on total revenue. They could pay a percentage of revenue rather than the per-stream rates. Yesterday’s ruling simplifies the structure in a few ways, eliminating the revenue option for one, and also erasing the difference between pureplay webcasters and radio station streams.

Ten More Top Spotify Tips! After Part I and Part II, here are ten more new Spotify tips to help you get to most out of the service! 1. Backing up Your Music Webcasting Royalty Decision Developments – Revised Rates and Terms from the CRB, Issues about Performance Complement and Small Webcasters The actions and reactions in response to the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision from two weeks ago continue to roll in as the ramifications of the decision sink in. In the days before Christmas, two announcements were made that warrant note. One was a decision of the CRB itself, correcting the rates and terms that it released just the week before – with some sighs of relief being heard from certain high school and university stations. The other was the realization that there were many issues covered by Webcaster Settlement Act agreements from 2009 that were not reflected in the CRB decision and may have impact on significant portions of the webcasting industry. First, the correction. On Christmas Eve, the CRB issued a revised version of the rates and terms that will apply in 2016 (you can find the revision here).