Internet Radio reflect what people listen to? 2008-05-03 21:25:53 Lately I've discovered the magic of stream ripping and I've been searching Shoutcast to find stations that play mostly hits of the 80's 90's and 00's with high-bandwidth and clean gaps. I've noticed an interesting phenomenon. The vast majority of high bandwidth stations - 320kbps or 256 kbps - seem to play similar music. Most of the stations seem to be European and they mostly seem to play 120 beat-per-minute club or dance-mix synth-pop music. When you get to the lower bandwidths like 128 kbps you get more variety - "classic rock", metal, folk, soul, ska, reggae, top-40 adult contemporary, etc. But that's too low-bandwidth for me. So my question is - is club or dance-mix synth-pop music mostly what people are listening to these days in Europe? Or is there some other reason why that style of music seems to dominate the higher-bandwidth internet radio streams?Thanks in advance for any insights!