Spotify online radio now has a Shakespeare channel. You can listen to ninety-eight straight hours of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Of course they will be performed by actors speaking too fast and with forced accents, so you won’t really be able to understand that they’re saying, but that’s the way it is with Shakespeare performances.
Pandora, the online radio station, has created programs for the holidays. Click on Pandora’s “new station” box, and you’ll see a link for holiday stations. We saw stations for “Rockin’ Holidays,” “Classical Christmas,” “Swinging Christmas,” “Hanukkah,” “Navidad Latina” and many others. Pandora’s basic service is free, or $36 a year for the ad-free version.
Spotify.com has free Internet radio that that listeners claim puts Pandora to shame. You can go to the website and get an invitation to sign on, though it’s still hasn’t officially launched. Spotify has been described as a magical version of iTunes where you’ve already bought the whole library.
Otr.net. The initials stand for Old Time Radio and the site has links to hundreds of old radio programs, like Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Green Hornet, Baby Snooks, Sam Spade, etc. It also has radio dramas like “The Count of Monte Cristo.” These are all free. They used to charge but not any more. Works with Windows and Mac.
We tried a new Internet radio the other day and it jumps sound-years ahead of our best choice from last year.
This new front runner is the Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock, which has built-in wireless reception and retails for around $150.
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We’ve been playing with the Phoenix Wi-Fi Radio recently, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s also expensive: around $200 from discounters. That’s pretty darned pricey for a radio, but it can pull in stations from all over the world and no heavy breathing.
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