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There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.

English National Opera podcast: Madam Butterfly

Free podcast download from the ENO

Jeremy Warner: Sir Alan Sugar – you're hired!

Outlook: It seems unlikely that Sir Alan Sugar would be hiring Gordon Brown as his apprentice were the Prime Minister to appear on his TV show. Lacking in people skills, sulky, non-team player, makes enemies easily, and incapable of controlling a budget, Mr Brown would have been fired in the first episode.

Spotify goes Mobile. Are iPods finished?

This morning, music streaming service Spotify posted a YouTube demo of its new mobile app for the Googlephone. It looks sleek and addresses the obvious issue of offline synching.

The human iPod: Meet the musical savant

Derek Paravicini was born blind and with serious learning difficulties. But he only needs to hear a tune once to play it. Soon he will make his debut at the Southbank Centre, reports Chris Green

Opera podcast - Peacocks and prima donnas

Michael Volpe - General Manager of Opera Holland Park - reminisces with Edward Seckerson about his 20 years of bringing grand opera to W8.

US students made to buy iPhone

Gadgets such as the Apple iPhone and the iPod touch are mainstays on college campuses - largely for the devices' ability to help students escape the pressures of the classroom.

New York Dolls, 100 Club, London

As befits a gig that sold out in four minutes, featuring one of the most important rock'n'roll bands of all time at one of London's most historically important small music venues, tonight's crowd are suitably ostentatious in their devotion to the New York Dolls.

Moments in Medicine podcast - Clothing as Medicine

Featuring the history of the corset, the second in our series of Moments in Medicine podcasts explores the way that clothing has been used to both prevent and even cure disease.

Moments in Medicine podcast - The History of Fat

Featuring the history of fat and our body image down the centuries, the first in our series of Moments in Medicine podcasts explores the impact medicine has on our lives and how it has changed through the ages.

The Insider: MP3s in the dock, make sure you get it right

MP3 players have revolutionised the way we listen to music on the move. Speaker docks aim to take the revolution a stage further – allowing you to put your MP3 player at the heart of your home music system and clear away that pile of dusty old CDs for good. There are lots of cheap portable speaker docks on the market, starting from less than £40, but they're unlikely to do justice to your music collection and for excellent audio quality, you should expect to pay more.

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