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Streaming Songs in Space

Space Songs

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NASA is holding a contest to decide which songs will wake up the crew on the final two scheduled space shuttle missions. According to NASA, wakeup calls are a longstanding tradition of the program. Each day during the missions, flight controllers greet the crew with wake up music and messages.

To vote, you can visit the NASA website and stream songs from the NASA Top 40 – a list of songs played on previous missions, along with crew communications from those missions. It’s a great list that includes songs by many artists including U2, The Stones and The Clash, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Buffett and more.

The two songs with the most votes from the top 40 list will be played as crew wakeup calls on the final scheduled flight of space shuttle Discovery scheduled to launch on Nov. 1. The winning songs will be announced and played during the flight.

A second contest invites artists to submit original songs for the last mission. Songs should be submitted by January 10, 2011. The public will also have a chance to vote on finalists and choose two that will be played on the final mission scheduled to launch on February 26, 2011.

You can visit the site, listen to the songs and vote here.

Internet Radio Stations Play More Artists Than Broadcast Stations

The number of unique artists played on Internet radio stations is more than 32 times the number of unique artists played on broadcast/terrestrial radio. According to data supplied by streamSerf, a company that monitors and reports on music played on terrestrial, Internet and satellite radio stations, last month broadcast radio stations played 25,399 unique artists (US, including public radio stations) while Internet radio stations played 829,971 unique artists in the same time period!

“There is room for a more diverse, less centralized music scene in the world today – and this is being created and facilitated by technology and internet radio.” says Paul Mockenhaupt, Founder of streamSerf. streamSerf is an important tool that enables independent artists who are marketing their music on the Internet to track their success.  “streamSerf.com is the ONLY tool available for these artists to measure their efforts, track their spins, plan their tours, validate their promotional campaigns, find stations that play [similar] music, check their royalty payments, etc.”

It’s not shocking to learn that Internet radio is more diverse. There are more choices for the listener, and more determination by the stations themselves to provide alternative music to the basic cookie-cutter formats and playlists provided on broadcast radio. It is stunning to learn that Internet radio’s list of unique artists is greater than broadcast radio’s by 3600%. (It should be noted that these stats do not even include stations that stream individualized channels, such as Pandora.)

Also interesting is the list of artists that get the most plays on broadcast stations versus Internet radio stations. While some of the top ten artists are the same on either list, others are very different:

courtesy of streamSerf

courtesy of streamSerf

According to Mockenhaupt, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He says the real story isn’t in the top 10, or even the top 1000…” it’s the new, fresh, undiscovered, local, home grown music that’s filling the internet airwaves!” Internet radio gives voice to the long tail of music, providing entry for many musicians that have never had a platform before. That, he says, is the “magic” of Internet radio…

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