How to save

Next Monday, will start charging users for the privilege of listening to music from their service. I, like many, am not willing to pay for this. Nevertheless, I think I’ve found a way to keep, at least, part of the free online radio. It’s very simple.

Only play royalty free music.

I’m sure many artists only want the exposure and are willing to let play their music for free. Jamendo and Magnatune, for example would probably be interested in this. would only have to implement a system where the artist selects, or not, this option. All the other things that make the service good will keep existing, but for the free users, instead of playing every available artist, it would select only those from the royalty free list. I could live with this, could you?

The sound of music rocks! + YouTube = aka my own personal MTV. player’s Debian/Ubuntu package

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a .deb package in the download section of

This is another reason why I prefer over Pandora.

Update: Alberto Garcia has more packages in his webpage for Debian sarge, Debian etch, Ubuntu dapper and Ubuntu edgy for x86 systems. Thanks!

Rattlesnakes by Tori Amos

This must be one of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time: Rattlesnakes by Tori Amos. The original is from “Lloyd Cole and the Commotions“, and you can hear it here.

I wish had a player we could embed in a webpage, even if it only had 30” of the song.