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Why Disney, BP and Rio Tinto are exploring ecosystem services

Why Disney, BP and Rio Tinto are exploring ecosystem services | LeonaAllen | Scoop.it
More firms find that paying attention to ecosystem services can reveal risks and help prevent problems with the supply chain and beyond.

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Dokeos MIND - free mindmapping software

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Dokeos MIND is a mindmapping software that interacts with the Dokeos e-Learning Suite. It contains visuals adapted to e-learning and can import simple and effective diagrams in Dokeos Mindmaps tool.

Dokeos MIND is an open source software under the GPL license. You are free to download, copy and distribute it. It is a portable application working on Windows, Linux and Mac.


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Louis Levy's curator insight, February 13, 2013 5:04 AM
Je ne l'ai pas testé. A voir.
pbernardon's curator insight, February 14, 2013 1:24 AM

Excellente initiative pour les apprenants 

Jean-Pierre THELEN's comment, February 14, 2013 9:29 AM
En fait, juste une version customisée de Xmind :-(
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Attractive Female Heat Fan Groped and Nearly Exposed Behind Bill Simmons During NBA Finals Halftime Show - Front Page Buzz

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Making an Office Desk Comfortable

FAM Solutions' slat wall monitor mounts and monitor supports save space at your work station

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infozone's curator insight, June 13, 2013 2:25 AM

Many people have to sit at an office desk every day, leading to back and joint problems that can persist for a lifetime. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have a comfortable workstation.


The most important piece of office equipment is the desk chair. It provides comfort and stability in the hectic office environment, and is also the best item to prevent future back pain and other problems. A soft, molding chair is ideal for someone who works on the computer all day, as it effectively moves with the sitter to provide the most protection and comfort. Some chairs are even meant to be used in conjunction with their arm rests to provide ample support for typists.


Comfort and personal health are very important when it comes to working long hours while sitting. As such, the added expense of purchasing a high-end chair is well worth the price. These tend to last for years, and mold with age when made of leather or other soft materials. A nice chair will go a long way in helping an individual enjoy their work more, boosting overall productivity.


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For those that work in a home environment or in a larger, personal office space, having a separate sitting area can be an effective method of taking a break from even the most comfortable desk chair. By having a different area to relax, it creates a personal “me-time” moment where work can take a back seat for a few minutes. This prevents the dreaded “desk lunch” and also offers additional comfort of a personal space nearby. For more creative types, having a futon or sofa can provide an area to brainstorm and dream up new ideas for projects.


A big part of doing work at a desk is the amount of light available during work hours. Darker, less lit areas tend to make people more depressive and not want to work as well as someone with a well-lit workstation. As such, opening blinds or windows to bring in fresh air is a good idea for someone with the right environment. Being able to hear birds and other forms of nature can relax the mind into becoming more productive and willing to work.


A clean desk is a happy desk, and keeping it organized goes a long way in providing a work-centric environment. Lunch should not be taken every day at the desk. Instead, eating in a communal cafeteria at a large building or at a separate sitting area is a better idea. Being sure to include breaks each day is the best way to boost creative juices and ensure that the day is productive in the best way possible.


http://lifehacker.com/5941523/five-best-office-chairs

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Forget "big box" Pandora. Slacker Radio blows it away.

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free - on demand, online and on mobile.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:27 PM

Slacker blows away Pandora. Go ahead. Prove me wrong in the comments section below.


I’ve been listening to radio over the internet since, well, the internet began. Online music has come a long way since the days of downloading indie songs from a dial-up BBS or searching on gopher.  


“Today’s music listeners are consummate curators of their own music experience.”


Forget iTunes and downloading MP3s. I did that for years. No longer need to. I’ve got a 500 gigs of music I’ve bought and listed to over the years that just sits there unnoticed and unused by me these days.

  • Much, much larger music library – like 40M vs Pandora’s 10M and iHeart’s … who knows.
  • Too tight restrictions on number of skips or thumbs up/down per hour.  Pandora has 6 skips per hour per station limit, even on my paid version. 
  • They both play directly on my Home Theatre A/V Receiver very nicely. I think Slacker sounds better.
  • Pandora uses some algorithm to put together their stations based on your choice. Slacker’s stations are actually put together by people.
  • Slacker has stations that music celebs put together. Listen to a station built by John Mayer himself.
  • Via headphones (at least on my high quality Bose ‘phones) Slacker definitely sounds better than Pandora.
  • On my computer with cheapie little speakers and sub, Slacker sounds much better than Pandora.

 

“Slacker has artists come and play in their own studio. Where’s iHeart and Pandora’s studio? That tells me they care about their listeners enough to pay attention to what I want a station to do.”

 

  • Slacker has contests.
  • Slacker creates stations like “Cocktail Madness” for fans of Mad Men.
  • Pandora says it’s got a 192 Kbps bit rate, but I’m an audiophile and doesn’t seem to sound any better that Slacker. In fact, Slacker sounds better to me.  
  • Slacker’s new User Experience is well thought out, and makes sense. Easy to find exactly what you want with the fewest clicks.
  • Slacker customer support rocks. They are responsive when you have a question or problem. Their ticketing system is easy to use and works well.
  • Slacker has a station called “Favorites Mashup Station” that plays all my faves and adds a few more suggestions here and there.
  • Pandora has no on-demand. Slacker is pretty much all on-demand – like radio in the year 2013 should be.
  • Mobile app has a high bit rate setting if you need it. I haven’t needed it.
  • One each station, Slacker lets me dial in the fine tune settings by age, related artists, favorites, and popularity. Not even sure what Pandora can do, but it’s probably not that super-fine tuning.
  • On Slacker I can listen to songs, albums and playlists whenever I want.
  • And the BIG ONE: Slacker lets me find an album and play just the album. You can’t do that on Pandora.
  • And a BIGGER ONE: Slacker lets me find an artist I like, and play only songs from that artist. A Single Artist Station. Good luck trying to do that on Pandora.


I have premium paid accounts for Slacker and Pandora. The only reason I bought Pandora was to compare it to Slacker. I’ll drop that after my subscription runs out.


I stopped using iHeart radio, since it kept bothering me to pay for their service without giving me any idea of what I would get for my money. They started to play so many commercials I got sick of their pushiness to make me pay. Plus, its run by Clear Channel - the radio equivalent of “Wal-Mart meets the NYTimes.”

 

If you are a big box music mentality, then go for Pandora an limit you music listening experience. If you want a service that focuses on the music listener, get Slacker Radio.

 

© Marty Koenig

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Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:37 AM

I will be checking it out for sure

Two Pens's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:35 PM

For your listening pleasure, an alternative to Pandora.

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Crowdfunding Success: Smart Herb Garden by Click & Grow

High technology meets your house plants. This smart garden lets everyone grow fresh herbs at home.

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What is a Natural Storyteller?

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"You know that feeling, when you can’t wait to get home to tell your significant other about the crazy thing that just happened at work? The second you walk through the door, even before you kick off your pinchy-toe shoes, you’re saying, “You’re not going to believe this . . .” as you launch into the story, complete with revealing hand gestures, passion, and well timed pauses that effortlessly build to the riveting climax."


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Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 12:37 PM
And many thanks to Denyse, Comeja, Two Pen's, and Os's additional comments pointing out the value of this article.
Ally Greer's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:29 PM

Anyone who knows me knows that I love telling stories. (Usually more than once.) The above excerpt essentially describes every single day of my life. Sharing life experiences with people who mean something to me is what makes these experiences that much more exciting.


Read below, as Karen Dietz sums up my thoughts way better than I ever could. Thanks Karen and Gregg!

Dawn Mullen's curator insight, July 4, 2013 9:11 AM
I am a Realtor not a writer. I still have to use the story in both pictures and words to tell the story of a home I am selling. It is true a picture is worth a thousand words and together a picture and a caption should be not just information but a story. Call me. I can show you the difference.
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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

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If you were to see my calendar, you'd probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what's going on. There is no problem with my Outlook or printer. The grey sections

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Val&co's curator insight, April 11, 2013 3:14 AM

Et une bonne leçon de management dans le même temps

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Trending to $1.1M: THE 10-YEAR HOODIE: Built for Life, Backed for a Decade!

EVERY STITCH TELLS A STORY: A Premium Sweatshirt Designed for Life, Guaranteed for a Decade and Backed with FREE Mending!

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Forget "big box" Pandora. Slacker Radio blows it away.

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free - on demand, online and on mobile.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:27 PM

Slacker blows away Pandora. Go ahead. Prove me wrong in the comments section below.


I’ve been listening to radio over the internet since, well, the internet began. Online music has come a long way since the days of downloading indie songs from a dial-up BBS or searching on gopher.  


“Today’s music listeners are consummate curators of their own music experience.”


Forget iTunes and downloading MP3s. I did that for years. No longer need to. I’ve got a 500 gigs of music I’ve bought and listed to over the years that just sits there unnoticed and unused by me these days.

  • Much, much larger music library – like 40M vs Pandora’s 10M and iHeart’s … who knows.
  • Too tight restrictions on number of skips or thumbs up/down per hour.  Pandora has 6 skips per hour per station limit, even on my paid version. 
  • They both play directly on my Home Theatre A/V Receiver very nicely. I think Slacker sounds better.
  • Pandora uses some algorithm to put together their stations based on your choice. Slacker’s stations are actually put together by people.
  • Slacker has stations that music celebs put together. Listen to a station built by John Mayer himself.
  • Via headphones (at least on my high quality Bose ‘phones) Slacker definitely sounds better than Pandora.
  • On my computer with cheapie little speakers and sub, Slacker sounds much better than Pandora.

 

“Slacker has artists come and play in their own studio. Where’s iHeart and Pandora’s studio? That tells me they care about their listeners enough to pay attention to what I want a station to do.”

 

  • Slacker has contests.
  • Slacker creates stations like “Cocktail Madness” for fans of Mad Men.
  • Pandora says it’s got a 192 Kbps bit rate, but I’m an audiophile and doesn’t seem to sound any better that Slacker. In fact, Slacker sounds better to me.  
  • Slacker’s new User Experience is well thought out, and makes sense. Easy to find exactly what you want with the fewest clicks.
  • Slacker customer support rocks. They are responsive when you have a question or problem. Their ticketing system is easy to use and works well.
  • Slacker has a station called “Favorites Mashup Station” that plays all my faves and adds a few more suggestions here and there.
  • Pandora has no on-demand. Slacker is pretty much all on-demand – like radio in the year 2013 should be.
  • Mobile app has a high bit rate setting if you need it. I haven’t needed it.
  • One each station, Slacker lets me dial in the fine tune settings by age, related artists, favorites, and popularity. Not even sure what Pandora can do, but it’s probably not that super-fine tuning.
  • On Slacker I can listen to songs, albums and playlists whenever I want.
  • And the BIG ONE: Slacker lets me find an album and play just the album. You can’t do that on Pandora.
  • And a BIGGER ONE: Slacker lets me find an artist I like, and play only songs from that artist. A Single Artist Station. Good luck trying to do that on Pandora.


I have premium paid accounts for Slacker and Pandora. The only reason I bought Pandora was to compare it to Slacker. I’ll drop that after my subscription runs out.


I stopped using iHeart radio, since it kept bothering me to pay for their service without giving me any idea of what I would get for my money. They started to play so many commercials I got sick of their pushiness to make me pay. Plus, its run by Clear Channel - the radio equivalent of “Wal-Mart meets the NYTimes.”

 

If you are a big box music mentality, then go for Pandora an limit you music listening experience. If you want a service that focuses on the music listener, get Slacker Radio.

 

© Marty Koenig

Crowdfundenergy

Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:37 AM

I will be checking it out for sure

Two Pens's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:35 PM

For your listening pleasure, an alternative to Pandora.

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Marketing learns to speak the C-suite’s language

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The eight faces of the Intrapreneur: the re-imagineer

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Trends in the property market: students in Glasgow

Increase in the supply of student accommodation in Glasgow.


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infozone's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:22 PM

Home to the UK’s second largest student population and no less than four universities, Glasgow is home also to a high proportion of tenants demanding excellent value and unique terms based around student living from their landlords, be they buy to let investors or Glasgow property agents.


While demand for university places remains relatively buoyant, especially for undergraduate courses, and supply in the housing market is not yet plentiful in Glasgow, commitment from property developers and newfound will on the part of banks, incentivised in part by pledges of public finance by the government, are slowly but surely increasing the supply of flats and houses available to the city’s student population.


http://www.totalstudents.com/student-guide/glasgow/


As young families and recent entrants to the jobs market begin to take up places on help to buy schemes and banks find themselves compelled by the governments who bailed them out at the height of the global financial crisis to raise capital and provide safe credit to the taxpayers who require mortgages and have been unable to find them, moves out of city apartments and house shares to new builds, particularly in the East End, are leaving increasing numbers of city properties available to let.


Given the likelihood of demand in the rentals market remaining comparatively stable, despite hard times for students and the decision of a percentage to decline university offers and student loans in favour of school leaving employment, this leaves everything to play for when it comes to the student tenant and landlord relationship.  Competitive landlords will want to ensure they are providing the best value Glasgow property and service to their tenants.  This means being up to speed with the new student lifestyles, finances and budgets facing both undergraduates and postgraduates.


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/tuition-fees/


For postgraduates, cuts to research grants across arts, sciences and humanities means that there are fewer funded degrees available.  Those who are fortunate enough to secure funding will be more likely to work part time, if not full time while pursuing part time research.  The same goes for undergraduates, who are facing a number of socioeconomic and financial factors that have dramatically altered the landscape of undergraduate life.

 

The importance of these changes for landlords letting student tenants is to appreciate the opportunities associated with the student population.  For instance, with students forced to enter employment much earlier than on graduating and to go the extra mile to maintain job security with demand for employment being so unmet in the current economy, 12 month leases, as opposed to leases excluding the long academic summer vacation, are the norm. 


Home, EU and international students are all less likely to travel home during their vacations and reading weeks, not only in light of the increased pressure to keep their jobs and to take on hours in order to cover the cost of student living, but also in light of the fact that travel fares are increasingly seen as an expensive luxury, rather than a necessity.

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Getting the Most out of Desk Space

Why desk space is important for an optimal workspace


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infozone's curator insight, June 13, 2013 2:29 AM

The ideal amount of desk space should always be more than enough. Luckily, there are a lot of ways and products that can be utilized to make any office more spacious.


The first step in organizing an office space is to gather up and discard all clutter. This includes old invoices and other paper documents. Anything that isn’t needed in the next few days should be filed or thrown away. This prevents things from constantly piling up. Old information should be trashed as soon as it becomes irrelevant.


Even if the entirety of your desk space is rather meager, you can take a page from Lifehacker and utilize all your available room as a sort of “cockpit.” This means that everything that is relevant to the task at hand should be within easy reach. Having to grope over documents or folders can create even more of a mess. As such, having a good system of filing makes paper documents seem neater and organized, even if the desk isn’t. Limiting décor to only a few pieces will go a long way in accessibility, rather than having a dozen pictures and other novelty items. While they work to provide relaxation, they should not take up a majority of the desk space.


http://lifehacker.com/5931103/how-can-i-make-the-most-of-my-meager-desk-space


A keyboard tray works to remove the typing mechanism from sight when not in use. It is placed underneath the desk using a pull-out mechanism and some screws. This enables the keyboard to be suspended in space without taking up anything that is actually on the desk. It provides smooth lines and a clean profile for even a small office space. Hiding anything that isn’t always in use is a good way to keep things accessible. The mouse can also be placed with the keyboard, giving the user even more room to place important documents and computer monitors on the desk, rather than having a dedicated space simply for computer interface peripherals.



Instead of simply using the actual desk area, it is advisable to utilize the space under and around the desk. Boxes or file folders can be placed underneath the desk outside of the foot room area for ease of access as well as hiding large storage compartments. Storage boxes should be no-frills and have a decent amount of space for the size. Going with a deeper rather than longer box can save space in tighter areas of storage. Keeping files in an expandable binder will ensure that the maximum amount of space is being saved during organization.


Hiding cables for the office works the same as anywhere else. Getting creative with cord solutions means using paper clips or clothes pins to wrangle unsightly wires. Color coordinating various inputs works wonders in finding the correct type of cord. As well as this, a simple tag for a group of wires can make it simple to find the system or origin. All this organization will save time when rearranging the room or desk space.


http://homeguides.sfgate.com/decorate-home-corner-desk-space-75574.html

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16 Best and Worst Foods for Sleep

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From early birds to night owls, we all can agree that when we finally lay our heads on the pillow we'd like to actually go to sleep, thank you.

 

Nothing is more annoying than insomnia, and the evidence is piling up that sleep is essential for good health. Although the research is a bit spotty when it comes to which foods help or harm sleep, anecdotal evidence does suggest that certain items consumed right before bedtime are more likely to be "sleep promoters" while others may be "sleep stealers," says Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.

 

Here's a list of potential good guys and bad guys when it comes to getting some shut-eye.


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Alex Jones's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:11 PM

Fantastic article and worth reading! I will share this to my network.

Julien Cuyeu's curator insight, September 15, 9:43 AM

I'd have to say, cherries, milk and tea are a great way to reduce the time to go to sleep. Most people don't like tea, which is really odd. Now eating fried food at 7:00pm at night is a huge problem. The amount of fat in a bacon cheeseburger is gigantic. Its better to eat a burger for lunch and eat sweet potatoes for dinner.

Leslie Del Carpio's curator insight, October 9, 9:24 PM

Dormir bien es parte de una buena salud, esto habla en que no comer si queremos dormir bien.

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Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales.

Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales. | LeonaAllen | Scoop.it
VC and serial entrepreneur Lou Doctor wanted to make crowdfunding friendlier for product inventors and gadget developers, and people who want to buy cool and unique products.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:50 PM

Now this is a smart, vertically integrated business model for crowdfunding. 

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SendGrid fallout reveals few women seek tech careers - Denver Business Journal

SendGrid fallout reveals few women seek tech careers - Denver Business Journal | LeonaAllen | Scoop.it
An outpouring of blog posts and comments portrayed the tech industry as a hostile...

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:27 AM

Interesting how this blew up. Did Jim Franklin make the right decision? What do you think?

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Forget "big box" Pandora. Slacker Radio blows it away.

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free - on demand, online and on mobile.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:27 PM

Slacker blows away Pandora. Go ahead. Prove me wrong in the comments section below.


I’ve been listening to radio over the internet since, well, the internet began. Online music has come a long way since the days of downloading indie songs from a dial-up BBS or searching on gopher.  


“Today’s music listeners are consummate curators of their own music experience.”


Forget iTunes and downloading MP3s. I did that for years. No longer need to. I’ve got a 500 gigs of music I’ve bought and listed to over the years that just sits there unnoticed and unused by me these days.

  • Much, much larger music library – like 40M vs Pandora’s 10M and iHeart’s … who knows.
  • Too tight restrictions on number of skips or thumbs up/down per hour.  Pandora has 6 skips per hour per station limit, even on my paid version. 
  • They both play directly on my Home Theatre A/V Receiver very nicely. I think Slacker sounds better.
  • Pandora uses some algorithm to put together their stations based on your choice. Slacker’s stations are actually put together by people.
  • Slacker has stations that music celebs put together. Listen to a station built by John Mayer himself.
  • Via headphones (at least on my high quality Bose ‘phones) Slacker definitely sounds better than Pandora.
  • On my computer with cheapie little speakers and sub, Slacker sounds much better than Pandora.

 

“Slacker has artists come and play in their own studio. Where’s iHeart and Pandora’s studio? That tells me they care about their listeners enough to pay attention to what I want a station to do.”

 

  • Slacker has contests.
  • Slacker creates stations like “Cocktail Madness” for fans of Mad Men.
  • Pandora says it’s got a 192 Kbps bit rate, but I’m an audiophile and doesn’t seem to sound any better that Slacker. In fact, Slacker sounds better to me.  
  • Slacker’s new User Experience is well thought out, and makes sense. Easy to find exactly what you want with the fewest clicks.
  • Slacker customer support rocks. They are responsive when you have a question or problem. Their ticketing system is easy to use and works well.
  • Slacker has a station called “Favorites Mashup Station” that plays all my faves and adds a few more suggestions here and there.
  • Pandora has no on-demand. Slacker is pretty much all on-demand – like radio in the year 2013 should be.
  • Mobile app has a high bit rate setting if you need it. I haven’t needed it.
  • One each station, Slacker lets me dial in the fine tune settings by age, related artists, favorites, and popularity. Not even sure what Pandora can do, but it’s probably not that super-fine tuning.
  • On Slacker I can listen to songs, albums and playlists whenever I want.
  • And the BIG ONE: Slacker lets me find an album and play just the album. You can’t do that on Pandora.
  • And a BIGGER ONE: Slacker lets me find an artist I like, and play only songs from that artist. A Single Artist Station. Good luck trying to do that on Pandora.


I have premium paid accounts for Slacker and Pandora. The only reason I bought Pandora was to compare it to Slacker. I’ll drop that after my subscription runs out.


I stopped using iHeart radio, since it kept bothering me to pay for their service without giving me any idea of what I would get for my money. They started to play so many commercials I got sick of their pushiness to make me pay. Plus, its run by Clear Channel - the radio equivalent of “Wal-Mart meets the NYTimes.”

 

If you are a big box music mentality, then go for Pandora an limit you music listening experience. If you want a service that focuses on the music listener, get Slacker Radio.

 

© Marty Koenig

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Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:37 AM

I will be checking it out for sure

Two Pens's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:35 PM

For your listening pleasure, an alternative to Pandora.

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Forget "big box" Pandora. Slacker Radio blows it away.

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free - on demand, online and on mobile.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:27 PM

Slacker blows away Pandora. Go ahead. Prove me wrong in the comments section below.


I’ve been listening to radio over the internet since, well, the internet began. Online music has come a long way since the days of downloading indie songs from a dial-up BBS or searching on gopher.  


“Today’s music listeners are consummate curators of their own music experience.”


Forget iTunes and downloading MP3s. I did that for years. No longer need to. I’ve got a 500 gigs of music I’ve bought and listed to over the years that just sits there unnoticed and unused by me these days.

  • Much, much larger music library – like 40M vs Pandora’s 10M and iHeart’s … who knows.
  • Too tight restrictions on number of skips or thumbs up/down per hour.  Pandora has 6 skips per hour per station limit, even on my paid version. 
  • They both play directly on my Home Theatre A/V Receiver very nicely. I think Slacker sounds better.
  • Pandora uses some algorithm to put together their stations based on your choice. Slacker’s stations are actually put together by people.
  • Slacker has stations that music celebs put together. Listen to a station built by John Mayer himself.
  • Via headphones (at least on my high quality Bose ‘phones) Slacker definitely sounds better than Pandora.
  • On my computer with cheapie little speakers and sub, Slacker sounds much better than Pandora.

 

“Slacker has artists come and play in their own studio. Where’s iHeart and Pandora’s studio? That tells me they care about their listeners enough to pay attention to what I want a station to do.”

 

  • Slacker has contests.
  • Slacker creates stations like “Cocktail Madness” for fans of Mad Men.
  • Pandora says it’s got a 192 Kbps bit rate, but I’m an audiophile and doesn’t seem to sound any better that Slacker. In fact, Slacker sounds better to me.  
  • Slacker’s new User Experience is well thought out, and makes sense. Easy to find exactly what you want with the fewest clicks.
  • Slacker customer support rocks. They are responsive when you have a question or problem. Their ticketing system is easy to use and works well.
  • Slacker has a station called “Favorites Mashup Station” that plays all my faves and adds a few more suggestions here and there.
  • Pandora has no on-demand. Slacker is pretty much all on-demand – like radio in the year 2013 should be.
  • Mobile app has a high bit rate setting if you need it. I haven’t needed it.
  • One each station, Slacker lets me dial in the fine tune settings by age, related artists, favorites, and popularity. Not even sure what Pandora can do, but it’s probably not that super-fine tuning.
  • On Slacker I can listen to songs, albums and playlists whenever I want.
  • And the BIG ONE: Slacker lets me find an album and play just the album. You can’t do that on Pandora.
  • And a BIGGER ONE: Slacker lets me find an artist I like, and play only songs from that artist. A Single Artist Station. Good luck trying to do that on Pandora.


I have premium paid accounts for Slacker and Pandora. The only reason I bought Pandora was to compare it to Slacker. I’ll drop that after my subscription runs out.


I stopped using iHeart radio, since it kept bothering me to pay for their service without giving me any idea of what I would get for my money. They started to play so many commercials I got sick of their pushiness to make me pay. Plus, its run by Clear Channel - the radio equivalent of “Wal-Mart meets the NYTimes.”

 

If you are a big box music mentality, then go for Pandora an limit you music listening experience. If you want a service that focuses on the music listener, get Slacker Radio.

 

© Marty Koenig

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Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:37 AM

I will be checking it out for sure

Two Pens's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:35 PM

For your listening pleasure, an alternative to Pandora.

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