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Bear with me – this post is largely just my train of thought on the subject of radio broadcasting and podcasting.

So the other day I co-hosted a live radio program with a friend on community radio.  It was fun – I used to host my own show in college in the radio broadcasting program (and although the music was pre-selected, it was pretty cool music and we could talk about virtually anything), as well as some university radio elsewhere.  I have a lot of fun doing it, and part of the fun is playing my own choice of music and just talking over the air to anyone who’ll listen.

I’ve been told before that I’m good at the whole talking over the air thing – and that’s great, but personally I feel that I’m at the hobby level.  I don’t think I could get paid serious money to do it, or at least paid enough to live comfortably.  And even though I enjoy commercial radio, doing a show for a proper radio station that’s in it to make money is not entirely the same as putting your own music together for an hour or two and just playing around.

For various reasons it’s difficult for me to find any time to volunteer for on air shifts at the university stations.  So my only outlet for this kind of thing is to put together a podcast.  The only problem is that I don’t think I have an audience – at least, I have an audience of maybe 2-3 people.  Which is not a big deal, I’m sure I had less listeners than that when I was actually on radio airwaves.

The biggest problem with doing a podcast is that I really only CAN distribute it to close friends, or else I face legal issues from the likes of SOCAN and RIAA or whatever the Americans are.  Unless I pick music that is 100% free, like Creative Commons stuff.

Who knows, I might end up doing just that – digging through 100%, legally free and distributable music to find some hidden gems and yak about it into my terrible, terrible microphone.

Okay, so label me an idiot, please.  I barely just finished going through the “A’s” on the SXSW torrents – there’s no way I’m listening through all of this music in a timely manner and picking out favourites.  Thus far, the two I can think of off the top of my head (because the ipod touch doesn’t have a decent way of checking song ratings without playing the song first…thanks apple!), The Arkells “Oh, The Boss is Coming!” and Arts the Beatdoctor.  Well I don’t know the song from him but it’s fun.

There are a lot of songs that I haven’t listened to yet, but I strongly encourage you to check them out.  I think I’m going to have to actually look at the list of artists and make decisions based on what other people have said about them.

6 gigs of music is a lot :(

Just testing out the iPhone wordpress application. Works great!

I won’t make any attempt to hide it: I really like the iPod line of MP3 players.  Not only do they perform one function really well – and that is to play music – but they’ve expanded to perform many other functions very well.  The iPod Touch (I own one) is a great example: it does a great job of playing music, but it also plays video, and basically anything you want thanks to the App Store (or jailbreaking, if you’re up for that).

So of course it excites me to learn that the iPhone 3.0 software will be released Tuesday, March 17.  iTunes was recently updated to 8.1 (and I do notice an increase in speediness), so it’s probably reasonable to expect this update to the iPhone OS.  We’re on 2.2 right now, though, so it does seem like a bit of a big leap to 3.0.

No word yet on what’s expected to be included in the update; still, it’s coming tomorrow, so we don’t have to wait very long.

There’s no denying that over the years iTunes has become more and more bloated than ever.  While I love the program as a music managing tool, it plays havoc on my system resources and I find that it doesn’t handle playing music very well as a result.

Unfortunately, as an iPod Touch owner, I’m limited to iTunes for synching my iPod.  Not anymore!  Thanks to a link I found from a blog (which apparently is just two posts long), I have discovered a possible solution for playing my music in a lighter program and synching my iPod in another.

I don’t know yet if I’ll go through with it on a long-term basis, because as I said I really enjoy itunes for music management.

I was wondering yesterday what would happen to music already purchased through iTunes: would it all be automatically changed to DRM-Free, or would you be able to re-download it without DRM, or something similar?

Apparently, you have to pay $0.30 per track to “upgrade” to DRM-free.  Lovely.  Well, I guess I’m not going to worry about it right now.

iTunes Store

iTunes Store

According to Lifehacker, this could very well be the case.  Here’s the short version:

In exchange for the DRM-free tracks, Apple will reportedly allow labels to push three tiers of pricing. Older songs from the archives will likely get cheaper than 99 cents, songs that are newer and “midline” (i.e. not big hits) will inhabit the familiar 99 cent mark, and newer, bigger hits will fetch higher, unnamed dollar amounts.

Sounds good to me; I use iTunes every now and then, and while the DRM aspect is not my biggest concern (I own an iPod Touch), it is always nice to be able to convert the files to mp3.  Also, cheaper prices is fantastic news.

No official word on this yet, and I haven’t seen anything about whether the DRM-free iTunes Store will be retro-active to previously-purchased music.