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These are a few of my favorite things…

Posted on: February 3, 2011

I've got mad love for iPods.

I have to admit, I used to be a huge fanatic when it came to music, for most of my life. From the time recorders were made popular during my youth, I’d sit in front of the radio, attentively hitting the record button as soon as a song would play. I had cassette tapes of recorded music stacked in my room. Eventually, I got into the swing of recording the music directly onto the cassette tape, without a middleman. Ten years later, I simply go online to find my favorite single and bypass the recording step.

This was, of course, after hearing the song first at a club or better yet, on the radio.

The radio was probably the best part of recording music. Perhaps it was my youth, but I thoroughly enjoyed sitting through commercials and listening to radio talk shows before they’d play my songs. I even went as far as to call the radio stations excessively just to hear myself shout my friends out!

But in this day & age, that feeling is gone. Radio has moved in a new direction, as with recording music. And with my busy schedule, I can barely keep up with the radio stations to find out what’s new on the airwaves. I used to frequently check into my favorite hometown radio stations in Fl. while working at my desk in Washington, D.C. Streaming my favorite radio show was the next best thing since sliced bread, a sign that our technology was moving forward in the right direction.

Now enter: podcasting. The revolutionary way for me to not just listen to my favorite talk shows, but to take that audio with me anywhere I go. Podcasting is one of the smartest ways to save and collect a broadcast, especially for people who are constantly on the go. We understand the popularity of podcasting, and understand that it’s just an audio file, essentially; but have we paid attention to what this new type of media has encouraged?

Lest we not forget that podcasting is more than just radio. It embodies audio clips, books, music snippets, news, etc. But for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the beauty of the radio, thanks to recordable and transferable audio like podcasting.

One of the greatest applications you can have on your iPhone is the IHeartRadio app, which is a hodgepodge of about 750+ radio stations across the nation. It’s free to download and requires an internet connection to actually listen to the radio. But the best part is it’s podcast feature– download the content you want, and take it with you anywhere you go. So if you’d like a repeat of your favorite talk show, you’re more than welcome to play it whenever, wherever.

I encourage you all to check this out. It’s one of my favorite apps, perhaps one of biggest reasons why I fell in love with social media in the first place. While you’re at it, check out some other great tools to download your favorite podcasts:

A great app for listening to your favorite radio talk shows

Podcast.com

Fluctu8.com

Openculture.com

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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