by John Moe // Posted: 08/03/10 11:41 AM
Rdio is a $9.99 per month unlimited streaming music service that did a soft launch in the US and Canada a couple of months ago. You needed to be invited to join. Now it’s open to everyone. I got an invitation a while back and tried it out for a few days. It’s superior to Pandora in lots of ways since you can choose what song you’d like to hear and you’re not bothered by ads. The drawbacks are the monthly charge and the fact that it’s all browser based, you’re not downloading, you’re just streaming. But you can save songs and build playlists. It’s pretty cool, I’m impressed. I’m listening to the new Big Boi record.
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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