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The other day I saw a mention of a survey respondent complaining that NPR is too wordy. Maybe someone can track her down and offer the URL to NPR.org’s new programming: the All Songs 24/7 Music Channel. The channel is both a tribute to the music discovery show All Songs Considered co-hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, which turned ten this year, and to the musical OCD of Boilen, who saved a playlist of every track ever played on the show.
The result is a 24/7 mix of all of those tracks. The “most recently played” list when I checked in just now was typically eclectic: Tord Gustavsen Trio, Broken Bells, and Hem next to Rufus Wainwright, Nirvana, Bob Dylan and The Flaming Lips. Neil Young is singing Broken Arrow as I write.) A “coming up” list would be a nice addition.
The music is all free but NPR doesn’t shy away from commercial potential. Songs can be purchased on Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) or iTunes through the site. And, of course, there’s the “donate” reminder at the top of each page, including all the artist pages. The channel is an effective example of the ways NPR.org can make use of elements like the artist pages throughout the site to connect into and feed off of new and existing content. The channel is also included in the NPR Music app for iPhone.