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23 October, 2003

No skipping!

It seems I've just exceeded my allocation of 400 tracks played via LAUNCHcast this month, so I get them at low bandwidth, in mono, without the ability to skip those I dislike, until the end of the month. The playlist seems to have shrunk, too, unless it's just coincidence that 3 of the last 5 tracks have been from the same album (Jethro Tull, 'Roots to Branches'), and the remaining two were from the same album (Pink Floyd, 'PULSE').
The alternative would be sign up to the subscription service - high bandwidth, no repetitive ads (which are all US anyway, so utterly pointless in the UK) and unlimited skipping.
But the 'service' isn't available outside the USA, at any price. Thanks, Yahoo!

That said, I still quite like LAUNCHcast. My one criticism is that I suspect there's some editorial bias, with certain, more commercial, artists being 'pushed' more than I'd expect from the preference profile I've established, and non-multinational-label bands being played less than I'd expect if my stated preferences were the sole playlist criterion.

NP: Jethro Tull 'Beside Myself', on LAUNCHcast - lucky I like the song!

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