November 5, 2007

New: NPR Music and NPR Media Player

Today, NPR and twelve (12) public radio partners are launching NPR Music, a free, multi-genre Web site that presents the best of public radio music.  We have also launched a new Flash-based media player across NPR.org.

NPR Music aims to be as diverse as our audience's interests and curiosity.  That's why Jazz Profiles lives alongside World Café and Classics in Concert, and why we feature everyone from Aaron Copland and Aaron Neville, to Dan Zanes and Joe Zawinul.  We want to surprise you with new artists, new music, and things you didn't know you would enjoy until you discovered them.  The site is organized by genre and by type of musical content including live concerts, studio sessions, artist interviews, profiles, reviews, blogs and podcasts.

NPR Music is a creative collaboration with KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; Folk Alley.com (WKSU) Kent, Ohio; WXPN Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio.  With their deep connection into local arts communities, their incredible music libraries and archives, and their respected on-air hosts and DJs, these stations have invested real energy and resources into the communities they serve.  NPR Music allows you to move beyond the geographic boundaries of radio signals and discover the authentic sense of place created by stations across the country. We expect additional NPR stations and public radio producers, as well as other contributors, to join this collaborative effort in the coming months and years.

This launch, like all launches, is just the beginning.  As with all launches, this one will probably include some bugs (if you find any, please submit them to us).  In time, new tools will allow you to share and connect with others using the site.  We also hope to serve as a launch pad for new and original music content and to expand our already substantial free online music archive. For starters, we will be adding hundreds of music stories, interviews and performances every month. 

We invite you to explore our new site as well as our partners'; local music programming, including their live music streams.   A great way to stay informed about the content and about new site features is to subscribe to one of our music-related newsletters:  ‘Music Notes’, “Song of the Day”, or “All Songs Considered”.

New Media Player

We have also launched a new, Flash-based media player on NPR.org. The NPR Media Player provides a faster, more streamlined way to enjoy NPR audio and video.  It also provides a “playlist” feature that lets you collect content from across NPR.org and place it in a queue for extended listening and viewing.  In the near future we plan to launch an embeddable version of the NPR Media Player.

Please note that some of the older material in our archives (audio from before May 2005 and video from before November 2007) may only be available in the Real Media or Windows Media formats, which require different player technology. For more information, consult our Online Help Center.

We hope you will enjoy these new experiences on NPR.org.  We'd love to hear your comments.

On behalf of the NPR Music team and participating NPR stations, thank you.

 

Maria Thomas
Senior Vice President and General Manager, NPR Digital Media

 

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