I’ve been using Launchcast for a few months now, and I must say that it’s a brilliant way of delivering music. It’s an online radio station that works similarly to a classic radio station, except for every song that comes on, you can rate the song, the band and the album. You can even tell it to never play this band again, and if you don’t like the song you can skip it. (Don’t skip too many times or you will use up all your free skips).
As you are rating the music, the data gets collected, and the radio station caters to your taste. It starts playing all songs that you like, but it still throws in random new bands, so you’re still exposed to new music. When you listen to a classic radio station, you’re often subjected to the taste of the general population as opposed to your own taste, and you’re often not provided with new music that you’ve never heard of (Unless you listen to the Indy hour).
Another feature offered by Launchcast is the “Moods” feature, where you can define different moods, so if you’re at work and in the mood for Jazz music, you can listen to all Jazz songs. If you’re at home and in the mood for Techno music, you can change your setting to reflect your mood.
Launchast is free, but it has commercials every once in a while advertising to pay for the service. If you pay for it (approx $3US per month on the annual plan), you get commercial free music, better quality, and unlimited skipping.
The more rating you do, the better your station becomes.
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