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Is everyone aware of AOL radio?

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 8:14 AM

I had a discussion about stuff like this a few years ago, but I use this almost every day to brighten my work time on the computer so I thought I would share it again.

I am sure there are others and feel free to share them. I am not getting any affiliate credit and it is FREE so if you do or do not use it, it has no bearing on me.

What I like about this is that the ads are minimal, they actually go DOWN in volume when the ads are playing (strange) and it buffers well with slow internet speeds.

Now by slow, I mean satellite not dial-up but try it and maybe it works well there too.

It usually throws up a brief story about the artists playing, with some pictures to scroll through and of course the name of the song being played. Radio today does not seem to identify songs much anymore so this is a nice refresher.

Speaking of radio disc jockeys, wasn't it nice to hear who is about to, or who just finished performing? When I hear a song, I seem to immediately flash back to some radio DJ who announced the name of the performers and song.

It mystifies my wife how I remember so much but I think she was into tapes and records more than me. I basically had the radio so my memories come labelled.

Anyway, I am off to work and listening to "This Magic Moment" by Jay and the Americans who "were a pop music group popular in the 1960s. Their initial lineup consisted of Howard Kane (born Kirschenbaum), John (J.T.) Traynor, Kenny Vance (born Rosenberg), and Sandy Yaguda. They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Leiber and Stoller, who gave the group its name. In the manner of the time, Leiber and Stoller wanted to extend this to "Binky Jones and the Americans", but Traynor declined to be known as Binky Jones his whole career."

BY the way, you can also click on a link that plays all the hits by that group. In the case above it is a Jay and the Americans Radio button. I am trying it now for the first time. I never knew they recorded "Rhythm".

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If you don't like the song that is playing (heaven forbid) you can use the arrows just below the banner ads at the top to move forward.

Glad you like it knitwit6819. I lock into the 60-70's with an occasional trip to the 50's. Don't know how it works for the other years but I would guess the same.

Oh, by the way. If you do not use the computer regularly the service goes to sleep. No issue, just click the play button again.

Also, be careful if you are on a measured use internet service. Playing this in the background can run up your time.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 9:21 AM

I swore off on AOL years ago and never went back. I deleted everything that was associated with AOL on my computers.

AOL tried to dominate my computer and not let me use other browsers or operating systems.

I even refused their free service extensions because they made me so upset with them. My life has been much better without AOL for all these years.

I even stopped using Internet Explorer as my browser because their security was so screwed up I couldn't do anything without giving permission to go anywhere or download anything. I simply downloaded Firefox and now I'm a happy surfer with no window pop-up problems to speak of.

I will close a webpage instantly that wants to put a tool bar on my browser. I am not allowed to download a lot of programs that I would enjoy having, but at the expense of having to accept a toolbar or banner to get it, I won't download it.

Google is bad about that, so, of course, I don't have a lot of Google items either.

I did download Google Earth years ago and have enjoyed it. All of a sudden, it doesn't work right now. They have an updated version now but their contract terms are like a book. That's too many one-sided conditions that you can not protect yourself from.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:37 AM

Never had any problems with this particular AOL service. Don't use anything else though.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 5:19 PM

i love AOL Goth Radio... awesome artists..

every once in a while i have a problem streaming.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sat, May 28, 2011, at 6:33 PM

Goth Radio? I did not browse the selection and had no idea!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 29, 2011, at 8:49 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.