It’s taking a while for me to realize something, I’ve included so many tools and great programs on this site, I forgot one that I use more than any other, music. Founded in 1999, Digitally Imported (DI.FM) Radio has become a part my daily life. I found this site when I was working at Earthlink, Inc (it quickly spread across all the floors) and has evolved into my primary source of music. Whether I’m working on the computer, playing video games, programming, working in the garage, virtually anything I listen to music while doing, DI is my go-to.
When it started 21 years ago, there were only a handful of channels to select from, Trance, Techno, House, along with a few other popular genres. There was a couple option when it came to listening to streams, Real Player, Windows Media, and WinAmp (that was all the craze back then). There were also stream qualities you could select, for low, medium, and high bandwidth use. In 1999, a 1.5Mbps connection was the "hook up" for Internet speeds for personal use, and I could listen to any quality without issue. Like I mentioned, I found this while working at ELN (a literal ISP call center, so the connection speed was fantastic there too). Here is DI’s original web banner, the whole site used a green, white, and black colors scheme and was very intuitive.
The EDM movement was getting in full swing, undergrounds were an every-weekend thing, massives such as Once in a Blue Moon, Metropolis, Wilder Beats, were regular events; also everything that went with them was almost a daily/weekly occurrence. As the culture grew, so did the channel selection on DI, and there was a move to include a site called Sky.FM. If EDM wasn’t your cup of tea, Sky included channels like Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and plenty of others. Unfortunately, Sky didn’t last and went to the way side. Thankfully DI has always been around, and I hope it always is.
Looking at the site today, it’s hard to imagine how how few channels it started with. There is world-renown DJ’s doing weekly shows, integrated audio player, a favorites list, thumbs ups lists, it has been a complete site overhaul. There is now smart phone and tablet support (which didn't exist back then), and during all this transition, keeping an incredible music selection. It’s been a fantastic ride for me. The part that still amazes me is you can still use the site completely free, and always have. There is now a premium account option, and there are some nice perks with the premium service, such as stream quality improvement, no ads or tracking, listening to previous shows if you missed the broadcast and more. A personal favorite show of mine is John Digweed’s, Transistions. I have added Solarstone’s, Pure Trance Radio and Paul Oakenfold’s, Planet Perfecto in my followed list though. I think it’s great because I’ve seen a great deal of these DJ’s live at massives, parties, and listened to them all throughout my EDM growth.
If you have never checked out DI.FM I highly recommend it, there is generally something for everyone on there, and if you are an EDM fan like myself, it will be a mainstay if you dont know about it already. You can also follow them on YouTube, but I suggest checking them out on their site www.di.fm.