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    How come you all listen to radio at all?! Surely Spotify/Last.fm etc should provide plenty of music? I've not listened to radio for about 7 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    How come you all listen to radio at all?! Surely Spotify/Last.fm etc should provide plenty of music? I've not listened to radio for about 7 years!
    Because I dont want to listen to a PC in the mornings! Ive got an old DAB alarm clock so 6Music is perfect
    I do use last.fm a lot but I do like listening to presenters at times (who are often quite funny on 6Music, eg Jon Richardson who is sadly leaving anyway)
    Also for work, last.fm et al is blocked, while iplayer isnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    How come you all listen to radio at all?! Surely Spotify/Last.fm etc should provide plenty of music? I've not listened to radio for about 7 years!
    I dont listen to radio much at all, but how else do i hear about new artists? MTV etc? I think not.

    Its a right PITA as i love listening to a good variety of music, both old and new. Like i said, i put R2 on and there was an hour of Acid Jazz, so off i went and found a few artists from that era, late 80s early 90s, which due to the fact i was only 6 when 1990 came, i wouldnt have ever listened to otherwise.

    I know companies need to make a profit, but does everyone have to be on the same bandwagon? I used to read music mags too, but they all went the same way as R1. You might get a couple of good artists every now and again, but 99% of the mag would be the same old drivel you hear day in day out on the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    I dont listen to radio much at all, but how else do i hear about new artists? MTV etc? I think not.
    Via social networking sites - facebook, twitter etc... Or via Last.fm or similar services - many such services have recommended similar bands etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Via social networking sites - facebook, twitter etc... Or via Last.fm or similar services - many such services have recommended similar bands etc...
    Yes, but you don't get the 'new' stuff from someone who knows a good thing when they hear it. My wife was at a gig in Manchester a few days back for a and called Field Music and was stood next to Mark Rielly who was also there. It was at a small venue and had a 'select' audience. She heard of the gig via 6 Music and has been to many other that she's heard of through there. You don't get that kind of info from sites unless you dig. 6 Music is much better IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Via social networking sites - facebook, twitter etc... Or via Last.fm or similar services - many such services have recommended similar bands etc...
    Yeah, but where do the people who post on these SN sites find out from? And regardless you can only find out about music your "friends" like, which isnt what im looking for.

    Dont get me wrong, i love this new way of getting yourself heard. But it still does mainly lend itself to popular bands. With a billion and one new artists every year, how do you find the good ones other than relying on the popularity contest - if you get what im getting at (or what Dos_box said)

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    I know companies need to make a profit, but does everyone have to be on the same bandwagon? I used to read music mags too, but they all went the same way as R1. You might get a couple of good artists every now and again, but 99% of the mag would be the same old drivel you hear day in day out on the radio.
    Well said, that man!

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    Had 6 Music on today in the office for the first time. Pleased to hear Sex Pistols, new Smashing Pumpkins and old Manics as I type! Think I'll be tuning in again.
    Maybe all this controversy will bring more new listeners and save what does indeed seem to be a welcome alternative to dull R2 and the incomprehensible R1.
    That's my tuppence-worth anyways...

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    I like selecting an already fav. artist in Last.fm and then trawling through the 'similar artists' list on the site. I've found quiet a few new old gems doing this.

    Pandora used to be good as it would randomly pick song by other artists similar to what you like. All of a sudden you'd be listening to something and thinking 'yeah, I gotta get me a copy of that '

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    Half the people who will have joined a 'save 6music' facebook campaign which doubtless was set up a few days ago wonít have listened to the station in the last six months. The listener numbers are low, which is why the trust is looking to get rid. I believe the beeb are there to represent everyone, but there has to be a limit - we can't all have our own personal stations.

    I think a number of bbc stations have failed because of the pitiful uptake of DAB. If Iím in front of my computer, I'll spotify or play some of my gigs of mp3s. If I'm in the front room I have about 200 radio stations on sky and CDs to entertain. If I'm in the car, I have CDs, FM, AM and my mp3 player. If DAB worked better, and was more cost effective in the car, I'm not sure we would be debating the closure of 6music.

    I'm not suggesting DAB was a bad technology, it was just superseded within about a day by other digital platforms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrorvis View Post
    Half the people who will have joined a 'save 6music' facebook campaign which doubtless was set up a few days ago wonít have listened to the station in the last six months. The listener numbers are low, which is why the trust is looking to get rid. I believe the beeb are there to represent everyone, but there has to be a limit - we can't all have our own personal stations.
    My thoughts exactly - if the people that were now complaining about the stations shutdown actually listened to it, then it wouldn't be happening!

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    Yes, because the method they use to guage listeners is very accurate isnt it?

    Apart from the website stream which can easily count them, all other listeners are estimated (I assume) from the same archaic method used to guage TV ratings, where a sample of people have to record what they listen to/watch. So the numbers could be fairly accurate or they could be miles out.

    Certainly cant just assume half the people joining the group arnt listeners. Out of my whole friends list, only one other person has joined besides me, and I know she listens to it

    Also if we're going to talk numbers, BBC Cymru has around 150,000 listeners I believe yet costs more than 6Music. No-one is saying that should be cut and nor should they. The BBC is a public service broadcaster and is there to provide to the whole population, in some areas this might be a minority.
    It would be a different story if 6Music costs were spiralling out of control, but they arnt, the annual budget is the wages of a few BBC 'stars'.
    There does have to be a limit, but I'd hardly say 700,000 people was insignificant at all
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    Fair enough I take the point on the accuracy of figures. Works out at £8.50 of the licence fee per listener though based on 700,000 listeners.

    The BBC have a obligation to supply BBC Cymru. It is protected by the licence as a public service broadcaster - as are the local stations. Which all have their own new music shows funnily enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenwba View Post
    Your spot on there, i just dont know how they justify every household with a tv, to pay £140 a year for it, scrap the lot!!!
    You'd miss it if it wasn't there. I can why people disagree with the principal of the TV license, but remember it doesn't just fund the front end of the BBC that we all see, large chunks of that money go to the infrastructure that other companies use to transmit with, and the massive effort to switch to Digital only broadcasting - none of that would have happened without the revenue from TV licenseing propping it up.

    Also you'll be quite surprised how many other industries the BBC supports, as well as how much other broadcasters rely on the BBC for various reasons - it really is only possible as a result of the way the BBC is funded - they also sponser and support a lot of events.

    If they were forced to generate their own revenue then it would cease to be in the way is exits now, they simply could not generate the same level of funding privately, and we'd all be a lot worse off as a result.

    Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I think they should get rid of the entire BBC its aload of tosh. There is only one program on there i like. I never ever watch or listen to them.
    What and end up with SKY 'Whhhhhhhoooooosh' News instead ?
    As for value for money - the licence fee is incredible.

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