Beasties "get nasty" with 'Net radio

Grand Royal, the record label founded by rap artists the Beastie Boys, whose most recent album is entitled "Hello Nasty", announced recently that it has launched its own Internet radio station.

The station known as GR Radio can be reached at http://www.grandroyal.com/ . GR Radio is currently acting as a showcase for the bands on the Grand Royal record label which include Bis and Sean Lennon. Listeners can request songs and purchase the tracks they're listening to via the label's shopping area on its Web site at http://www.grandroyaldirect.com/.

Grand Royal is working on offering live broadcasts and guest DJ specials in the future, according to a release issued yesterday by the record company.

GR Radio is using Nullsoft's SHOUTcast, the company's MP3 (Motion Picture Experts Group, Audio Layer 3) streaming audio technology. In order to tune into the station, listeners need to download Nullsoft's Winamp, its MP3 player for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT.

MP3 is an audio compression technology which is revolutionising the downloading of music, much of it pirated, from the Internet. The Beastie Boys were one of the first bands to offer MP3 tracks for download via the band's own Web site at http://www.beastieboys.com/.

Nullsoft can be reached via the Internet at http://www.winamp.com/.

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Clare Haney

PC World

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