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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.

James Moore: Apple shares will be ripened by new iPod

Outlook There seems to be a standard form for any announcement by Apple: a new product or product development is rumoured, anticipation builds to a fever pitch in the blogosphere and beyond, then the announcement arrives and the brickbats start to fly.

'In a world of ghetto blasters, iPods are a necessary evil'

Stoke's Dave Kitson doesn't like team-mates tuning out or slumping – but most of all, he doesn't like R&B

Free podcast: Kerry Ellis interview

Kerry Ellis amassed a legion of adoring fans when she went "green" playing Elphaba in Stephen Schwartz' smash-hit musical both in London and on Broadway. But her preeminence as a musical-theatre-diva-cum-rock-chick was secured earlier still when Brian May, the celebrated lead guitarist of Queen, asked her to play Meat in the Queen/Ben Elton show We Will Rock You. May quickly recognised a symbiosis between them and their CD single Wicked in Rock sprung a rip-roaring reimagining of "Defying Gravity" with Brian May's amazing guitar riffs a key feature.

En Route, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

"If you find yourself getting lost, geographically, technologically – or psychologically, just give us a call," says the Australian woman in a soothing voice as she straps an iPod to my wrist and plonks an enormous pair of headphones on my head.

Apple to replace overheating iPods

Apple's Japan unit will replace any iPod nano portable music players that overheat, it said in an online statement, improving an earlier offer to replace only their faulty batteries.

Natalie Haynes: The solitary, and very personal, relationship we have with radio

Radio insinuates itself into our lives as we live them. We don’t have to make an appointment to watch it; it comes with us while we do other things

The Bargain Hunter: Fashion a new look

The New Look sale is now on, with up to 70 per cent off women's fashion in store and online. Some of the more popular items in the sale so far include a blue Lucy Lace sundress, reduced from £25 to £4, an Idol skull print vest, down from £20 to £7 and an Ibiza-themed cropped sweater, reduced from £12 to £3. The sale officially ends on Sunday 8 August but stock may not last that long, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

The Independent World Cup Podcast

We bring you the latest news, views and opinions from the greatest show on earth with our World Cup show

Coming soon: Exclusive Sting interview

The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs.

ENO podcast: Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner is no longer English National Opera's best kept secret. The former choral scholar and repetiteur goes from strength to strength helming ENO through productive and interesting times.

Bollywood Podcast: Hrithik Roshan

The H is silent, so says the man himself. I don't believe him. Hrithik is a genuine Bollywood superstar and became an overnight sensation with his debut Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (Say This Isn't Love?) showcasing a beautiful pair of green eyes and the most ripped body of the decade.

Notes: 30/04/10

Various items owned or desired by middle-aged Britons in a survey include laptops, iPods and games consoles.

Bollywood Podcast: Jiah Khan

We last saw her on screen 18 months ago alongside Aamir Khan in one of the biggest Bollywood hit movies of all time, Ghajini. I must say, I particularly enjoyed seeing her shake her stuff in that film's excellent dance number, Latoo!

Independent Live!: Cambridge podcast

Our Cambridge debate saw veteran Independent commentators Steve Richards and Johann Hari joined by local PPCs Nick Hillman (Conservative party candidate for Cambridge), Julian Huppert (Lib Dem candidate), Tony Juniper (Green party candidate) and Daniel Zeichner (Labour party candidate).

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