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AARP Begins an Internet Radio Service, Mixing Familiar Hits With New Artists

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with constantly changing technology, and blogs that cover the latest indie bands minute-by-minute, online music is usually considered a young person's game. but now the aarp, one of the biggest symbols of life in the gray years, is betting that a custom digital player on its web site will rekindle its members' love for discovering new music.

 

last month aarp quietly introduced a free internet radio service for listeners 50 and older, with 18 channels programmed by the concord music group, an independent record company that releases music by baby boomer stars like paul simon and paul mccartney. the idea, according to hugh delehanty, editor in chief of aarp's publications, is for the organization to act as a guide for millions of older listeners who are curious but may be intimidated by digital music....

 

the player is embedded into aarp's site, and its design was kept simple for ease of navigation, with buttons only for playing and pausing a song, and skipping ahead to the next one. the channels, which will each have about 500 songs in rotation, will also be restricted to a handful of recognizable genres, like jazz, classic r&b and coffeehouse folk.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/business/media/04aarp.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha210

 

18 channels aarp internet radio: paul simon, classic r & b, coffeehouse, classic rock, modern rock, oldies, pop oldies, jazz, vocal standards, smooth jazz, fresh sounds, modern r & b, modern hits, country, latin, latin pop, gospel, and classical :yeah:

 

my only question is, with so many great choices, which channel do i choose???:up:

 

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I took a look at it..mmeehhh

I like Pandora much better with it's customizable stations

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How cool is THAT??! :yeah: I'm not the least bit intimidated by online sites, iPods, iPhones or other gadgets that play music, but it's pretty neat to find what I actually LIKE in one convenient location.

I'm fairly eclectic in my tastes, but I swear, if I have to sit in the med room charting while Rihanna and Ke$ha (whose voices annoy me in much the same fashion) sing those same three or four Top 40 tunes over and over and over and over and over and...........well, the radio just might meet up with an accident. :down:

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And what is up with that autotune crap? I must confess that I'm too old for modern music.

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Will have to take a look, but we have ditched AARP and just joined AMAC.

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I'm thinking about that too. We joined AARP years ago because the discounts are terrific and we use them frequently, but I loathe their politics and absolutely cringe when we get mail from other left-leaning groups because some computer thinks we're supportive of those causes. When AMAC gets to the point where they can compete with AARP on benefits and discounts, we're jumping ship!

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And what is up with that autotune crap?

:yeah: When I was reading Viva's post, Auto-tune immediately came to mind.

sound enhancement has been used for decades, and young people like listening to that which is familiar, and auto tune does introduce a sameness to it all :yawn:

Those AARP channels had what, 6 songs each? My Pandora "stations" are Green Day, Jetthro Tull, Jazz, Scottish, and a few others. I like it because it will select similar pieces that i can reject if I don't like. This then effects what it picks for me next. :up:

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