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Road test for Dizzler 

[Cross-posted] A very nice chap by the name of Apollo introduced me to Dizzler, a media player that allows one to stream (legally) music, video and radio. It’s pretty good and I incorporated it into my Facebook page, after programming in a bunch of songs, two videos and one radio station (Rix FM in Sweden).
   It’s not without its faults. Monica Zetterlund, one of Sweden’s top jazz artists, isn’t even represented on Dizzler. Sacha Distel has four songs, and one of them doesn’t sound like him. KCSM-FM, the jazz station in the Bay Area, is not among the radio choices. On Facebook, I can’t see the search box words (black text on a black background is not a very good idea) and when I can see them, they’re set in Arial or Arial Rounded—two families I intentionally uninstall from all our company computers as they breach notions of good taste and common decency.
   Apollo does admit it is more geared toward pop songs and the US, however. And despite its shortcomings, it does have enough songs for me to have a wee playlist of favourites. I’d still recommend it and hope that its catalogue becomes more comprehensive. Having the complete songs on my Facebook page is a nice touch.
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There is absofuckinglutely nothing legal about Dizzler. I just conducted an audit of my webserver and found them raping my .mp3 stash, which admittedly became available due forgetting to implement whitelisting after a server reinstall.

I highly doubt Dizzler is licensed to broadcast these songs, but if they are, they sure as hell aren't licensed to steal my bandwidth.

See http://bo7a.org/dizzler.php for further information.

Dizzler can go die in a fire.  
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