I just noticed that the last.fm connection to the Xbox36o is being resurrected for the holidays and it reminds me to share some ideas about internet radio.
I have had a subscription to RADIOIO for more than 5 years. They recently re-crafted their website and options which now include 192k audio. I have to say I am very pleased with RADIOIO as a non-commercial music stream. The differentiator for RADIOIO: they use stream hosts: real DJ’s who program the streams and also have blogs on the website. The result feels personal.
last.fm is more like a social net for music — “if you like this, you may like this” kind of thing. Plus they are part of CBSi so there is a huge focus on monetizing the content. There’s something a little off about last.fm in my view but I really like the event listings page.
Iceberg Radio is a hoot. 100s of streams in every imaginable combination from some whacky folks in Canada. They like their rogue-y approach and I do, as well.
1.fm has some great channels — BOMBAY BEATS is one of my favorites. Too many CIALIS commercials.
Finally, a quick plug for RADIO NIGEL in San Diego. Radio Nigel picks up where 91x left off 20 years ago. If you are looking for a true 80s timewarp, you will love Nigel. You may also enjoy NEWWAVECITY — monthly 80s dance party with DJs SHINDOG and SKIP.