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    MrSinatra
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    Music Services, which ones are free?

    here is a list of music services, i want to know which ones are free, which cost money, or which are partially free? please let me know if i missed any:

    Amazon CD store (is this only for buying a CD?)
    Classical.com
    Deezer (europe only?)
    Last.fm Audioscrobbler
    Last.fm Radio
    Live music archive
    Live365
    Mediafly
    MP3Tunes music locker
    MusicIP
    Napster
    Pandora
    RadioIO (SN only?)
    RadioTime
    Rhapsody
    Sirius (pretty sure this is pay only)
    Slacker

    where is shoutcast? did i miss any?

    thx!

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    Completely Free Services, No Membership Required, come preloaded on server menu (SC or SN):
    RadioIO + 61 stations
    Sky.FM + 40 stations
    Live Music Archive
    DI.fm (Digitally Imported) 52 stations
    BBC (not all streams supported outside of UK)
    ShoutCast 27,000 streams
    SomaFM + 14 stations

    Note: + = additional services offered for a paid membership

    Streaming Services with MULTIPLE stream stations, preloaded on server menu with RadioTime free account:
    1.FM 38 stations
    181.FM 56 stations
    1Club 70 stations
    .977 FM 11 stations
    Got Radio 48 stations
    Yahoo! Radio / CBS Radio 300 stations
    ……and others

    Completely Free Services, but Membership Required:
    RadioTime thousands of streams
    Last.fm
    MediaFly

    Paid Subscription Services:
    Live365 *
    Classical.com (30)
    Napster * (30)
    Pandora *
    Rhapsody (30)
    Sirius (30)
    Slacker *

    Note: * = offers free limited services with a free membership
    Note: (30) = free 30 day trial of full services

    MP3Tunes with 60 day free trial. (upload your own mp3 library for online access, no computer needed to play these files with a SqueezeBox hardware player)

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    MrSinatra
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    awesome, thx a lot!

    maybe i should try to put this info on the wiki?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSinatra View Post
    awesome, thx a lot!

    maybe i should try to put this info on the wiki?
    Well, I didn't copyright it, so have at it.

    May want to wait a couple days, see if others have corrections/additions/deletions.

    Many stream types are difficult to categorize as they could fall into several categories. That was my best effort from a post I did in another forum as a stream type "summary". Maybe others will have better category and grouping suggestions for the Wiki.
    Last edited by toby10; 2009-04-18 at 14:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSinatra View Post
    maybe i should try to put this info on the wiki?
    Please do! This information has been lacking for quite a while. Depending on how you format it, it would be useful to create columns or sections for additional information (even if you leave them blank for future contributors) for items such as:
    - Which players are supported (both HW and SW players)
    - List any geographic restrictions
    - Price
    - Limitations of free vs paid service (ie. ad supported)

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    Music Services, which ones are free?

    >maybe i should try to put this info on the wiki?
    I think that's a good idea.

    It may also be worth including a separate section for third-party plugins that provide access to other services? There's plenty of others (AlienBBC/BBC iPlayer, alternative Last.fm provider, Magnatune, RadioFeeds UK & Ireland, SeeqPod (I think this is a dead music service now), and probably others that I haven't tried before).

    Phil

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    FWIW, I'd lump Pandora more into the "completely free but membership required" category.

    Their paid service seems more geared toward web listeners and those using mobile devices than squeezeboxes. I personally use their free service all the time and have found it far from "limited" & at this point, don't see any advantages to using their paid service with a squeezebox.

    I'd probably say the same for Slacker as well.

    Neither of those are a paid subscription service like, say, Rhapsody or Sirius is.

    For that matter - probably live365 as well, although I haven't used them much so I can't say for certain. For whatever reason, it seems they fall under "internet radio" instead of music services. Probably because they operate more like traditional radio than the customized service Pandora offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toby10 View Post
    Completely Free Services, No Membership Required, come preloaded on server menu (SC or SN):
    RadioIO + 61 stations
    Sky.FM + 40 stations
    Live Music Archive
    DI.fm (Digitally Imported) 52 stations
    BBC (not all streams supported outside of UK)
    ShoutCast 27,000 streams
    SomaFM + 14 stations

    Note: + = additional services offered for a paid membership

    Streaming Services with MULTIPLE stream stations, preloaded on server menu with RadioTime free account:
    1.FM 38 stations
    181.FM 56 stations
    1Club 70 stations
    .977 FM 11 stations
    Got Radio 48 stations
    Yahoo! Radio / CBS Radio 300 stations
    ůůand others

    Completely Free Services, but Membership Required:
    RadioTime thousands of streams
    Last.fm
    MediaFly

    Paid Subscription Services:
    Live365 *
    Classical.com (30)
    Napster * (30)
    Pandora *
    Rhapsody (30)
    Sirius (30)
    Slacker *

    Note: * = offers free limited services with a free membership
    Note: (30) = free 30 day trial of full services

    MP3Tunes with 60 day free trial. (upload your own mp3 library for online access, no computer needed to play these files with a SqueezeBox hardware player)
    Toby is awesome, he seems to know way more than he should. The free version of Pandora doesn't seem to be any different than the paid version for us at the present time. For the Itouch and Iphone crowd it seems to put up an add on their screens and cause a 10 sec delay between songs for now. That's from my son who told me about it. He is 16 so a 3 sec delay could feel like 20.
    If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use is the rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86atc250r View Post
    FWIW, I'd lump Pandora more into the "completely free but membership required" category.........
    Yeah, that's the problem with trying to "categorize" these streams. Many fall into multiple possible categories.

    Ex: ShoutCast and Live365 offer basically the same thing operating as generic "portals" to most any Internet Radio stream. If you compare their stream offerings they are almost identical.
    But then Live365 throws in a required "membership" (free & paid) making it eligible for a couple different category descriptions.

    That's why I think getting feedback like yours will help better organize it for the Wiki entry that MrSinatra is working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nonreality View Post
    Toby is awesome, he seems to know way more than he should. The free version of Pandora doesn't seem to be any different than the paid version for us at the present time. For the Itouch and Iphone crowd it seems to put up an add on their screens and cause a 10 sec delay between songs for now. That's from my son who told me about it. He is 16 so a 3 sec delay could feel like 20.
    Isn't there a skip limit on the free Pandora service?

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