What you see isn’t always what you get.

Looking for an iTunes Radio station. Note: detour BLUES.

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Now clicking on the stream to listen gives me this…

Again, note detour BLUES.

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Great tunes and yet not the quality advertised or what I’m looking for.

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Audio Quality Counts.

I’ve had my poor quality download from Audible.com today.

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I’ve had an account with Audible.com for nearly seven years, and over that time, the audio quality of the recordings has been very good. Other than a handful of people who were reading that sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard, I’ve been very happy with my Audible.com account.

I downloaded five titles including both of Chris Brogan’s recent books, Trust Agents and Social Media 101. I began to listen to Trust Agents and am greeted with an annoying echo in the audio file. It sounds like Chris is reading the book while in the bathroom and the sound is echoing off the bathroom tiles.

Next I wanted to see if this was just this recording, and so I began to listen to Social Media 101. Lo and behold, the same lack of recording quality greeted me. I’m guessing he read the books back to back so as to save time.

Just to make sure it’s not my device I selected a couple of other books that I have available and the echo is gone and the sound quality is superb. I’ve also checked the sound quality of the two books, while listening to them on the computer and they are just as bad audio wise there.

Bravo to Audible.com and their customer service department, to correct the issue. I let them know of my problem, this morning and within hours they’ve given me two new credits and removed the books from my online library as I’ve done in my own iTunes library.

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Internet Music Birthday.

Happy Birthday to Aaron Phillips of Ambiance. Ambiance is the latest project launched by Phoenix Web Radio and Aaron Phillips, offering a soft, seductive, sensual and uplifting mix of the best smooth jazz, and other soft moods.The Quiet Storm… Ambiance. Smooth Jazz for Colorado and beyond.

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Tonight – Exclusive

UPDATE: Here’s 20 min or so of video from the nights show.

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It is on….get in early and check out Episode #14 of Random Access Radio and the exclusive release of “Dead Bird” by Televox tonight at 9:15 pm EST at Random Access Radio.

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Audio Check…Testing 1…2…3


The Blue Snowball Microphone is a recent addition here to my computer accessories. Up until now I’ve mostly been using the internal mic on the iMac, with a brief time of using a Logitech mic.

One of my ongoing rants/pet peeves has been the fact that many audio and video productions/ have horrible audio. Not only horrible audio, but the producers of these products should know better than to put out such a low quality product. I don’t know why people think that something that sounds worse than commercial radio is going to be something that the general public, of in this case, your niche listeners, will find appealing. What’s even more annoying is that some simple things done ahead of time to make sure that the audio quality is good, will go a long way to ensure you have repeat listeners and downloads of your podcast or video cast.

So back to the Snowball mic. I’ve used this on several occasions, with Skype, and Tinychat.com among others and it’s worked rather well. Now when I first used the mic and then again today, the mic wasn’t working with 12seconds.tv or utterli.com. I restarted the 20″ iMac and that seemed to correct the problem for the moment. Hopefully that will not be something I’ll need to do on a regular basis just to have a working mic.

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n97006585086_26871My friends, CK: @ck67 and Chaz: @onegeek (follow them on twitter) have embarked on a new venture. Random Access Radio, broadcast’s three times a week, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 8pm – midnight EST. According to the web site, “24/7/365 Internet Radio serving up today’s hottest tracks along with the talk you want to hear.”

Go check out the web site and give them a listen. You just might enjoy what you hear.

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