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Tipped of to it by fullofwhispers I downloaded the new Yahoo Messenger earlier today.

I am impressed, and its not often I say that about software.

They've taken everything that was in the previous version, kept it, or made it better, and added a TON of actually USEFUL stuff. The launchcast radio stations are a perfect model of how to do commercial streamed radio (free for the most part, pay to get rid of the ads and get the cd quality streaming). Not to mention the whole "create your own station" thing.. which is a beautiful feature to have out of the box.

They've added icons, like in MSN, but also Avatars that you can customise, look good, and respond to the things you type. It look better overall too.

Mostly its window dressing and subtle stuff, but then again.. thats all the iPod really is. In fact YIM is really the iPod of IM's now. It does everything you could want really well, gives you more things than you'll probably use, its pretty, lets you listen to music, and its small (about 5mb).

Oh did I mention you can listen to other peoples stations? Even without the program? Oh yes.. tune into mine ;)


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30th Apr, 2004 19:29 (UTC)
Yay! The RSS works! [hug]
1st May, 2004 06:19 (UTC)

Does your journal have an rss feed at GJ?
1st May, 2004 09:58 (UTC)
xink_gj :) I'm not all that familiar with RSS. See my latest LJ post about friends-only post concerns and let me know.
1st May, 2004 10:25 (UTC)
Heh.. well I would.. but friends only stuff doesn't show up because I'm not on GJ, and it won't show up on the RSS either.
1st May, 2004 10:29 (UTC)
You answered my question anyway, but I was saying check my latest LJ post, not GJ. Oh well. I'll just have to start making public posts sometimes. :)

1st May, 2004 10:36 (UTC)
1st May, 2004 10:42 (UTC)
Your moblog is really cool. I think I'll be creating my own later on. :)
1st May, 2004 10:49 (UTC)
yay! :)

They are great guys, if you donate you get more features (I think 5 pounds for some, 10 for them all.. or subscribe a pound a month).
30th Apr, 2004 23:36 (UTC)
Posting w/Darkcryst Radio in my ears...
Very cool! I've been wanting to know what Flogging Molly would sound like. Now if I can just find a way to download the new verion at work...

While I typed the following music streamed by:

Tabla Beat Science ~ Magnetic Club
Rolling Stones ~ Paint It Black
Flogging Molly ~ If I Ever Leave This World Alive
Mazzy Star ~ Fade Into You
Louis Armstrong ~ Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Massive Attack ~ Angel
Nightmares On Wax ~ Bless My Soul
The Prodigy ~ Breathe
Bjork ~ Pluto

1st May, 2004 06:27 (UTC)
Re: Posting w/Darkcryst Radio in my ears...
Sounds like a pretty good mix of stuff that I chose.

Surprised you didn't get any Daft Punk or suchlike. It has left some of the rockier stuff out.. but I have a pretty varied mix up there atm. :)

Glad you like it! :)
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1st May, 2004 14:07 (UTC)
Re: don't make me fall in love
I'm on @#^%! dialup too, the startup is slow in the extreme but after the player finally opens, I change the music quality down to low it stops buffering every 10 secs. Sounds a tad tinny but not too bad, even gives that "olde time radio" sound to his Louis Armstrong stuff :)
1st May, 2004 14:51 (UTC)
Re: don't make me fall in love
yim caused that? Shouldn't have done.

Sounds like something else working through the Yahoo toolbar or something, and I don't use that.. so it wouldn't effect me.

You should all be using FireFox anyhow ;)

But no.. I've not had a problem with popups, but I never did. Launhcast player is really slow from the web to start, but when it does.. it works. Works best in the new YIM tho obviously.. just nice and fast.

Dial-up will have to switch to low quality, but thats dialup for you.
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