CBC launches digital music service

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CBC launches digital music service



[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/02/10/digital-music-service-cbc.h... digital music service launched[/url]


CBC is diving into the world of online music with the goal of providing listeners access to their favourite tunes, and a way to discover new artists and connect with fellow music fans.

The free digital service CBC Music, which launches on Monday, offers access to 40 web radio stations, a vast array of music and blog posts by CBC personalities through a website and via mobile apps.

And here it is - haven't tried it out yet:

[url=http://music.cbc.ca/]CBC Music[/url]



radiorahim radiorahim's picture

They were doing something like this before with half a dozen or so special online streams of CBC Radio 2.   It looks like they've expanded their service.

Looks like it's all browser based, which I can't stand.   I prefer being able to manage my streams through my own audio playing software.


What do you use - VLC?


radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Lately I've been using Clementine under GNU/Linux.  There are also versions available for Windows and MacOSX but I've never tried it on those operating systems.

Clementine is what we free software nerds call a "fork" of Version 1.4 of another audio programme called Amarok. I absolutely loved Amarok!  The Amarok developers went off in a different direction with the software in their 2.x versions that alot of folks (like me) didn't like all that much.   So it being free software, they were free to modify the old version and built a new programme called Clementine.

I still use VLC Media Player, but these days mostly for watching video files.   It will play literally any format you throw at it and it's very lightweight.   Of course it'll also play just about any audio format too.

However what it's not so good at is "managing" your audio files and your audio streams.   For that I'm using Clementine.   What Clementine doesn't have yet (that Amarok 1.4 had) is support for streaming your podcast subscriptions.    Although I understand from what I've been reading is that it's one of the top things on the "to do" list for future versions.

With audio streams of radio stations, I prefer to just open up my audio programme and go to my streams folder and play whatever I want to play.

With browser based players, I have to open up a browser, go to the website and poke through the site and ads and usually use some flash or java based cutesy player to play audio.   It hogs my computer's resources and then if I happen to close the wrong browser tab when I'm tired or sloppy or something, the stream shuts off.

Right now with podcasts, I'm kinda flipping back and forth between using Banshee and the newer version of Amarok.  Once Clementine gets podcast support, it'll be just about perfect.




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[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/coalition-targets-cbcs... targets CBC’s free music site[/url]



A number of Canadian media companies have joined forces to try to shut down a free music website recently launched by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., claiming it threatens to ruin the music business for all of them.

The group, which includes Quebecor Inc., Stingray Digital, Cogeco Cable Inc., the Jim Pattison Group and Golden West Radio, believes that CBCmusic.ca will siphon away listeners from their own services, including private radio stations and competing websites that sell streaming music for a fee.

The coalition is expected to expand soon to include Rogers Communications Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. , two of the largest owners of radio stations in Canada. It intends to file a formal complaint with the CRTC, arguing that the broadcaster has no right under its mandate to compete with the private broadcasters in the online music space.

The fight is part of a broader dispute about the role of the CBC, whose federal funding was slashed in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s recent budget, and about how online music services should compensate rights holders for music played online.

The stakes are high. Music sales are estimated at about $500-million a year in Canada and digital sales account for 34 per cent of the market, while companies such as Corus earn hundreds of millions in revenue from radio advertising on music stations.