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My taste in music is varied and wide reaching.  I used to tune into BBC Radio 1 when  I woke up, and let it play throught the day… summer would come around and I would drive around the streets of the UK with the sounds playing loud…

MP3 came along, and with it, the ability to download music as and when you wanted it.  If you heard a new tune, it became easy to log on to your favorite (legitimate and legal) download site and be the proud owner of the sound of the moment.

Pandora changed the way I listened to music – and then locked me out again for not being a US resident, and as quickly as I had found a platform that played what I wanted to hear, I was left in the dark once again.  Although there were other platforms out there, none of them caught my attention until I was introduced to Deezer.

Deezer lets you listen to any song with just one click.  Their music library could certainly do with more content, but they are certainly working on it, and their UI is pretty damn good.  I am a fan of their site, and it’s my first port of call for all my music listening.

Last week, I was introduced to thesixtyone.com, and their selection of new music blows me away.  I found a number of albums that I quickly added to my wish list, and the site seems to be geared to new artists, trying to get their name out, but there is one drawback that keeps me from making this my go-to-place for music.  Their website is *not* as user friendly as other music listening platforms.  Perhaps I just need a little more time to get used to it.

In a perfect world, I’d love to see Deezer have the selection offered by thesixtyone.com, and I could happily throw my analogue radio out the window.

Sometimes the things that wow me surprise me.  I am  no stranger to technology, gadget or the internet.  I love the startup mentality and there are many reasons I choose to work for them as opposed to big name, possibly more secure, corporations.  We’re changing the world.  Be it how you shop, or look for information, those of us working in the field are all offering something that didn’t used to exist.

I just gchatted with a friend, and one line of that conversation inspired this post:

When I first started using the net, the dialup connecting was shaky.  Now I can sit in my office in Jerusalem and have a quick conversation with a friend of mine sitting on a plane in Texas.  If I need to send an email I pick up my cell and connect to gmail for facebook right there.  I love startups, because I get the sense that we are giving to the world of technology, innovating processes that people don’t realize can be improved until version 2 comes along.

IM was always pretty cool.  Meebo came along and made it  better.  Online shopping made life much easier, Amazon took it to the next level.  Whatever the social norm is now, it’s going to change, and I am pretty sure it’s going to get better.  This is my way of saying props to all my friends in hi tech – and looking forward to whatever it is that comes next!

There are two sides to every story, and as a web users, I am torn on this one. Do advertisements bug me or not? For a long time, I wondered why Frank over at PostSecret didn’t monetize his site, then I realized this is something he is proud of, boasting The PostSecret website is the largest advertisement-free Blog on the web in his footer. In a day and age when people will buy ad space pretty much anywhere, it’s nice to have a haven on a popular site, that sticks with their original aim, rather than supplementing their income through ads.

Perhaps PostSecret is starting to re-think their strategy. At the end of this weeks post, I noticed they were plugging their book on Amazon. I assume that this is an affiliate link and will generate some income, but would they really change their no-ad policy if they don’t make enough Christmas dollars?

BBC news is a site that changed their policy recently, and started to include banner ads for all users viewing the site from anywhere other than the UK. British users are assumed to have paid their TV license fees which fund the network, so it’s nice that their only making money out of the expats and foreign readers.

I don’t sell ads on this site. None of the content or reviews are paid for, this my my space for my web-rant. I want to keep it that way. On the other hand, I have another four or five blogs, one of which is fair game. Offer me the dollars and I will do anything over there. When I’m browsing, it’s rare that I will click a banner, and I have totally tuned out the sponsored links that all sorts of people will try and feed me – but the advertising field is getting sneaky and keeps track of web trends.

The odd add here and there is great, go promote, increase your SEO or direct traffic, but it’s nice to see there are some sites out there that are true to their aims and creating an income from their blog comes second. Props to you Frank, I like they way you have your priorities!