Thanks Patrick. I love the BBC. They have their faults, but they have a treasure trove of great material…the Guitar Heroes programme is a big favourite over here too! I saw the Hendrix one just the other week…amazing…

They’re a lot looser than they used to be, but still no profanities (although, oddly, you can describe some pretty dodgy practices in a song and as long as you don’t use inappropriate language and aren’t too graphic, that seems to be OK…).

The other thing the BBC is really strict about is using brand names. They don’t want to be seen as a commercial outlet, so end up using tongue twisters like “well-known brand of washing powder” rather than “Persil", for example. But as a public service broadcaster I suppose that’s fair enough. If you want your brand mentioning there are plenty of commercial outlets who’ll do it for a fee…

I’ve never used Pandora, but I absolutely adore Spotify. Brilliant for music and also podcasts…it just cues up the next episode of all my favourites as they’re released so I never miss one.

And their interface is really simple to use. Not sure what the standard plan is like, as I’ve only ever had a premium plan with them (bundled with my mobile phone subs), but I believe it’s more restrictive and the sound quality isn’t quite as good. (Not sure how many people would notice in practice, though.)

So I’m a fan…is the correct term a Spotifan, I wonder…? ;-)

Thanks for your comments, Patrick. Always good to hear from you!

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