Maybe some of you work like I do — at a computer all day, building web sites and talking to the little people inside your computer, but you enjoy a bit of background noise. Some tunes.
I really love iTunes. We have it on both the Macs and PCs here and we can share playlists on our network. I buy songs as well as listen to the radio. But I had a hard time finding a station I enjoyed consistently and people within listening range were really, really tired of the songs in my library. I don't like run of the mill top 40 stuff at all (does radio still do something called top 40?). Recently I discovered a radio station that works for me about 90% of the time — Radio Paradise. You don't have to listen with iTunes, you can go to their website to see the other ways to listen.
It's the most interesting eclectic mix. I honestly have no idea what to call it. On iTunes, they have it listed under the category of Alt/Modern Rock but that's not at all where I would put it. Sure, they play some Fountains of Wayne, Coldplay, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and similar, but they also play Peter Gabriel, Norah Jones, Guster, Tori Amos, Patti Smith, Dido, Beatles, Beck, Talking Heads, REM, Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blue Man Group, Rollling Stones and at times they'll even play some old blues, Frank Sinatra or Reggae/International-flavored stuff. How are you going to categorize that list? It's not one genre. And I don't like just one genre. One of the best things is, they're listener supported, so there are no commercials.
Sometimes, they play music in grouped themes. Kinda like in the old days when radio was really DJ's spinning the tunes and not simply corporations marketing the latest 20 songs. (Showing my age again…) They have playlists for the past few days on their site, just in case you want to look for something you heard there. They have areas where you can discuss the music with other people (I never seem to find time for that). They link to the albums on Amazon and, just recently, when iTunes started their affiliate program, RP started linking the songs to the iTunes store as well. In case you simply want to buy single songs. Very cool. If you're bored with your playlist, can't find a station that caters to your eclectic tastes, check out Radio Paradise. It makes those clients ever so much easier to deal with.