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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.

Turn on your iPod and learn

Anywhere can be a classroom when you download the lessons to a media player.

Business Diary: Singing ties set to make a comeback

The tie can be conspicuous by its absence in all but the stiffest and most formal of offices these days. But this could all change, thanks to Thomas Pink. The upmarket brand has launched the "commuter tie" with a pocket for an iPod underneath. The silk woven tie, priced at £55, is designed to "store gadgets safely and stylishly" and fits the new iPod Nano, as well as other MP3 devices, says the retailer. It even has an extra fabric loop that keeps wires out of sight and close to the body. Such secret features could make it a winner for idle traders at a time when the markets are in disarray and trading levels are on the floor.

English National Opera podcast: Turandot

Edward Seckerson talks to Director Rupert Goold and principal singers Kirsten Blanck and Gwyn Hughes Jones about ENO's new production of Turandot

The Lowdown podcast: Top tips for wannabe CEOs

In today’s competitive job market, you need to find an edge.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in India

India plays a prominent role in the world of commerce. This guide is a quick and easy teach-in for people who want to trade with India and who want to put their best foot forward while they’re there.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in Russia

This quick-fix guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in Russia.

Apple mystery event: iPods, or Beatles and tablets?

Once again, it's time to peer into Apple CEO Steve Jobs' cup and try to read the tea leaves.

The Lowdown podcast: Blogging for business

Tips and tools that will keep you ahead of the game, in creating and running your business blog.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in China

This “quick fix” guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in China and will help to explain their philosophy of doing business and why it is so important to respect their attitudes to “face” ( mianzi) and “networking” ( guanxi).

Remastered Beatles ushers band into digital age

The Beatles take a step closer to selling their music online on Wednesday with the simultaneous release of the band's re-mastered catalog and the MTV video game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Apple iPod updates expected

Apple's media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras.

ENO podcast: Le Grand Macabre

Apple event expected soon, but no tablet in sight

Anyone holding their breath for Apple Inc's much-anticipated, but never confirmed, touchscreen tablet device may have to wait a bit longer than they planned.

Music & Me: Tom Ravenscroft

The first record I bought was?

It was a happy hardcore record called Six Days on The Run, I was scared to go into the record shop so got my tough mate to buy it for me.

The first gig I went to was..

The earliest gig I can remember was Nirvana, it was before Nevermind and I went with my dad who told me they would be good. He was right.

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