If I listen to the radio at all it’s usually the National Programme — I loathe commercial radio. Otherwise I listen to music from my own collection of CDs, via iTunes of course, or podcasts. One thing I don’t like about National Radio though is the extremely limited selection of music they play. We seldom, if ever, hear “other” music — it’s all standard, mainstream, primarily English language stuff.
There’s so much music in the world, I don’t understand why a non-commercial station has to limit itself so severely. I can understand that commercial stations would be afraid to play anything slightly different. And heck, New Zealand now has quite a diverse population. We should surely be playing programming which appeals to more than just a narrow range of people.
Today I wanted something different and have used iTunes streaming radio to discover IranianRadio a mix of Persian Pop classics and the newest Persian releases. Great stuff! It’s in the International section.
My only concern is how it chews through my monthly 5Gb bandwidth allocation. I’ve dropped down to a lower quality stream to reduce the hit.
This plays through iTunes on my Mac Mini, into my home theatre speakers via an Airport Express and controlled from my Powerbook wirelessly through Chicken of the VNC. I love my Mac!