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I grew up as a radio junkie. Living in Philadelphia I was weaned on top 40 from WFIL, WIBG as well as WDAS and WHAT, the latter two for R&B and real soul music. They were the AM stations. When FM came around it was WMMR, WYSP and WIOQ, before discovering my inner music muse at WXPN and WRTI for the more creative new wave and experimental music found there as well as roots, jazz and blues.
As the Internet arrived music took on new shapes as Shoutcast and WiredPlanet, which is now part of Rhapsody, all caught my ears, followed of course by Pandora and Spotify. But while Pandora played songs that fit together style and musical tone wise, and Spotify gave me the mother of all music libraries, neither gave me what the voices of John Diliberto, Russ Musto, Michael Tearson, Ed Sciaky or Meg Griffen ever could. They told me about the music and the artists. That's one reason I love the Underground Garage or Sirius XM and DJs like Loog or Handsome Dick Manitoba and of course, Little Steven himself. It's the stories that make the music discovery fun.
And that's why I love MPme. Ever since they were introduced to me, and have since become a client, their music and what they call "curated radio" has been a staple on in the background when I'm working, writing or just chilling out, especially when I'm on the road.
With MPme I search for stations, artists or even individual songs, and their discovery engine looks around the world and offers you the stations to connect you to so you can listen to the stream that is playing the song, or may have just played it. Once you land on the station you have real DJ's picking and spinning the tracks, giving you really professional picks, not just music your friends like (not that that's all bad either.)
Once the station's on the iPhone or iPad, you have amazing sound and the real benefit. You can buy the tracks from iTunes. That's why for me, someone who loves to find new and old music, and to collect the tracks, are all reasons why MPme is my kind of radio app on the iOS devices.