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"Outside the box is where I live". Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica, March 11, 2005 episode
The BBC is offering all Beethoven's symphonies for free download here. They are being offered in two batches. Unfortunately, the first batch has just been removed from the download site, but the next batch will be available for download beginning June 28.
I downloaded the first batch a few days ago. These MP3 files are wonderful. The symphonies are beautifully performed. What a great thing for the BBC to do, to offer this music free to anyone for download. They report that the first batch of symphonies drew 600,000 downloads.
This weekend, I discovered a part of the Comcast digital cable service that I had overlooked previously. With my subscription to digital cable, I am also entitled to a free custom streaming radio station, from their site www.comcast.net. This is provided by Rhapsody. When a user enters the names of favorite performers, the service creates a custom radio station playing music by these performers, and others which the service considers similar. I entered my favorites: Bruce Springsteen, Chris Isaak, Joe Ely, the Beatles, and Marty Stuart. The music matching is not bad. I actually like most of the tracks considered similar to my favorites, and the ones I don't like I can skip. I have been enjoying my radio station for two days, playing it while I use the computer. Comcast digital cable also offers over twenty music channels in different genres available on the television. I like to listen to the classical channels while I work or read. They play some excellent music. I don't take full advantage of everything available with my subscription, but I should since I pay so much for it. The best thing is the cable modem and high speed internet. God knows I certainly use that!!!
The new Bruce Springsteen album, Devils & Dust, will be previewed by the release of one track on AOL Music First at 12:01am on Monday, March 28, 2005. The entire album will then be available exclusively on iTunes music store for one week. The release for sale date is April 26, 2005. This album is another, the second, acoustical release for Springsteen. I hope I like it more than the first. I bought that one, didn't like it, and can't recall much about any of the tracks. This was a big disappointment, as he is my favorite performer. I realize performers have to grow and try new formats, but sometimes that does not make any difference. If you don't like the product, it is a very long wait for a new release.