This is by far the worst which could ever happen to Shoutcast. I cannot find so many of my beloved radio stations again...
It is now impossible to find stations with tags like "Club", "Downbeat", "Full On", "Goa", "Nu Jazz", "Oldskool", "PsyTrance", "Relax", "Retro", "Space", "Uplifting" and so on. Because most of these tags weren't in the Shoutcast genre list anyway, I always searched them using the following address scheme:
or in newer times with the alias
and for two or more words
Now I cannot find any of these stations at all. With the decision of reducing the possible genres to a specified list I have to choose a nearby genre and search through hundreds of stations manually, ending up most of the time with nothing at all - even if Shoutcast expands its genre list in the future. Have you alone known that there are dozens of sub genres to "PsyTrance" and "Goa"?
By using the above mentioned address scheme you could search for stations playing e. g. "bird songs", "river sounds", "jokes", "C64 tracks", "Amiga mods" and all that special interest stuff. I loved playing around with that. Now it's all gone.
So my desperate plea to the Shoutcast dev team: Please give us back the possibility to search and find what we need. Otherwise this is a huge step back into the days of terrestrial radio, where non-conform and special interest stuff was hard to be found. This is not what internet radio should be! And it's very important to me, because I just thought that radio is back...
It is out of question that nobody could ever define a comprehensive and complete genre list, because MUSIC IS GREAT - and fast evolving over time. So please let the stations decide, where and how they want to be grouped.
Thank you in advance
- Tobe -
P. S. 1: Of course this could be realized otherwise than through the discussed genre tags. To me (and surely others) it's just important that it works.
P. S. 2: If I have overlooked any possibility to fulfill my wish, I beg your pardon! Then please tell me what I have to do. I've tried searching in the stations' names, but that's no alternative.