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July 28, 2010


Julie Drizin

That's what I call a respect! Congrats. The only word missing from the letter is the word non-commercial. Almost anything's better than listening to "traditional" commercial radio. So glad the New Yorker published that love letter.

Julie Drizin


I couldn't agree more. i joined Last.FM (a similar service)about 2 years ago. and it was fun for a couple of weeks but began to pall as i realized i was walking in circles, so to speak. i'm still subscribed but i almost never use it. and i think Keith nails it when he mentions "the unknown and unexpected", that's what keeps it fresh and interesting. If i wanted to hear music i already enjoy i'd simply play it on what i already own. That's you guys and gals at 'FMU...keep up the great work


Yeah. With Pandora et al., you have too much control over what plays (at least that's how it works for me), hence no surprises. And eff that!


I really like Pandora. I've made some great discoveries, but it depends on what you put in, how you use it. I put in "Moondog" and a cornucopia of obscure wonderful weirdness came out. (At least two artists I've written about on my MusicForManiacs blog were discovered here). And, as I'm no expert in some things like country blues, I'll play those channels to get myself hep.

And then there are the times when I'm just really in the mood for a certain style, and the more predictable channels scratch that itch - for the days when, say, only classic Cali hardcore will do.

Pandora and FMU? Kind of an apples-and-oranges comparison.




I'm with MrFab-

Pandora rocks, but of course, it's not a substitute for WFMU.
More like another point of view.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

special tommy

there is simply no substitute for an imaginative playlist that draws on a lifetime of music appreciation criticism and creativity.

fuck genre based scrobbling -- freeform forever!

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