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juniper
2007-05-08, 12:07
Now that Pandora is technically unavailable for non US listeners, tho of course Last.fm is still with us - praise be. "Slimmers" may be interested in trying out www.musicovery.com. It enables the user to access streams based on mood, genre and epoch - and it is quite neat. I hasten to add I have no vested interest. My question is as non tech expert, how on earth can one listen to it via the Squeezebox.

I will think about it myself, but would be interested if anyone else would like to check it out and post their ideas.

Cheers

PeterDB
2007-10-07, 05:19
I just discovered musicovery.com also and it has had some upgrade over the past months, and I think, that it is actually better than last.fm

haunyack
2007-10-07, 05:50
My question is as non tech expert, how on earth can one listen to it via the Squeezebox.


Cheers

Hi,
The waveinput plugin can stream this from your soundcard to the SB/TP (Lossless - whereas the stream is piped directly with no transcoding loss)
Works great...a plugin worth mention.

btw... I love the service, thanks for the heads up.

Bottoms up!

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juniper
2007-10-09, 03:13
I have now listened to Musicovery using the Wavein plugin release 1.02, and it works. However despite my earlier expressions of joy on discovering Musicovery, I do now have some concerns particularly that their free Lo-Fi (32 kbs) option sounds pretty miserable on my SB via the soundcard, and I would not yet be prepared to pay a monthly subscription to their Hi-Fi (128 kbs). Mainly because although I am intrigued by the Musicovery approach (see www.musicovery.com) I am not sure that I would want to pay regular money to experience it at an acceptable level of quality, and I think that their range is narrower, shallower and often repetitive (same title different artists in same selection / multiple titles same artist (and often not that worthy of selection) in same selection.

haunyack
2007-10-09, 06:03
I have now listened to Musicovery using the Wavein plugin release 1.02, and it works. However despite my earlier expressions of joy on discovering Musicovery, I do now have some concerns particularly that their free Lo-Fi (32 kbs) option sounds pretty miserable on my SB via the soundcard, and I would not yet be prepared to pay a monthly subscription to their Hi-Fi (128 kbs). Mainly because although I am intrigued by the Musicovery approach (see www.musicovery.com) I am not sure that I would want to pay regular money to experience it at an acceptable level of quality, and I think that their range is narrower, shallower and often repetitive (same title different artists in same selection / multiple titles same artist (and often not that worthy of selection) in same selection.

I understand your concerns about the quality of the feed. I use Yahoo Music Unlimited @192kbps in conjunction with the waveinput plugin ... a good way to sample music and their catalog is quite extensive (although not as large as Rhapsody @160kbps) plus it's cheaper to boot.

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juniper
2007-10-09, 06:33
Thanks Haunyack, but both services are only available in the US. Its back to Last.fm for me, at least until the geographic listening "rights" can be sorted out, maybe I will try again then.

-Stef-
2007-10-09, 11:27
Thanks Haunyack, but both services are only available in the US. Its back to Last.fm for me, at least until the geographic listening "rights" can be sorted out, maybe I will try again then.

Well, you can always listen to sites like Deezer.com for those who are deprived of Pandora and Rapsody.

PeterDB
2007-10-09, 17:01
I do agree that Musicovery could have a wider selection of artists, but from a personal perspective, their selection fits perfectly into mine. Although, yes, I might not get my musical spectrum expanded as I would with Pandora.

I miss Pandora, I would happily go through the hassle of moving to the US, finding a job, getting a green-card etc etc, just to get a US credit card to I pay the silly 36 USD for a Pandora account.

But, the likelihood of that happening in the near future, is minimal, since I already have a job I love.

So until then, I have to find the better services here in Europe.