Lo-Fi Stream Added For Blast And Blender Access In Bangladesh

Some of the things listeners have come to expect when listening to The Blast and The Blast Blender are:  high quality streams, bit rate choices, and accessibility.   We thought we had all the bases covered, with bit rates from 128 kbps down to 24 kbps, using the AAC+ codec at 24 kbps, which is light years better in sound than a 24 kbps mp3.stream.

However, we were recently informed by a passionate Blast and Blender listener named Rayhan, in the south Asia country Bangladesh, that he has an "ancient" smart phone (built in 2005) that can only play certain kinds of mp3 streams.  He also said that he needs a low bit rate stream, as mobile bandwidth is very expensive in Bangladesh, and he says the mobile internet is slow there.

So despite the low sound quality of this bit rate and codec combination, we have set up a 24 kbps mp3 stream for Rayhan and others who are in a similar situation.

You will find the streaming address on our "All Streams, All Media Players" page:  http://www.theblast.fm/wp/other-streams/

 

 

 

 

Another Way To Listen To The Blast On Mobile HTML5

On any device that supports HTML5 in its browser (best choice: usually Firefox), here is an alternate way to get Blasted.  Since our app is not supported yet on Android tablets, an alternative is needed.  Since the Android operating system is so fractured, some apps work well on some devices and not as well on others.  Watch this video and see how to listen to the high quality 80 kbps Ogg Vorbis Blast stream.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVNZ2HGvVyE

 

Facedown Records Signs Mouth Of The South

Facedown Records has signed Mouth Of The South,  a band we've been playing for over a year on the Blastmetal show.  Their first Facedown single "Idle Hands" debuts tonight on the Blastmetal show, which airs Saturday nights for 3 hours from 9 to Midnight Central and Sunday through Friday from 11 pm to 12 Midnight Central Time. 

Updated: Full Interview With “Final: The Rapture” Movie Star Mary Grace

Final: The Rapture is a critically acclaimed Christian movie about the disappearance of Christians worldwide as Christ comes back for His followers.  It received rave reviews in the test market Houston in late 2013, and it is now showing in Orlando, before fanning out across the USA.  The Blast's Colin Cruz interviewed Final: The Rapture movie star Mary Grace recently.  

Here is the official website of the movie:

http://www.finalthemovie.com/

And here is the full interview:  

Final The Rapture Mary Grace

 

 

Celebrating 7 years of Blastification!

The Blast is celebrating 7 years of Blasting the world.  We Blasted off at Midnight Central Time on January 1, 2007 and have been Blasting ever since.

We love hearing testimonies about how The Blast has impacted your life over the last 7 years.  You can share those at:  http://www.theblast.fm/wp/blastbacks/

Or you can call it in, toll free the USA and Canada:  877-5-BLAST-5

Or call "TheBlast.FM" on Skype from anywhere.

http://Blender.TheBlast.FM Launches At 12 Midnight Central Time!!!

The Blast Ministries is launching a very aggressive Hot CHR/Top 40 station, mixing pure pop, screamless rock, rap/hip hop/R & B, and EDM/Electronic Dance Music.  And it Blasts off at Midnight Central Time!  Just go to http://blender.theblast.fm.

Do NOT put any www's in the address.  Use the above, or simply blender.theblast.fm.

Pre-launch audio is streaming now, countdown style!!!

 

 

 

Mobile Blasting Page Updated: 80k Ogg Vorbis Stream In HTML5 For Phones Without An App

We've updated our Mobile Blasting page with a link to our 80k Ogg Vorbis stream which plays in a pop-up HTML5 player in Firefox and some other browsers on supported phones.  This is an easy way to get Blasted on phone types without a Blast app, assuming your OS supports HTML5.  

 

80k Ogg Vorbis Stream Added To TheBlast.FM home page: For Blasting On Linux And Elsewhere

The 80k Ogg Vorbis stream is back on the home page. This is a favorite of some of our Linux Blasters. It pops up in the built-in HTML5 player in Chrome, Firefox, and some other cutting-edge browsers. Launched from Internet Explorer, it will open in Winamp or VLC Player, with full metadata support in the media player. There is no metadata in the HTML5 players in the Chrome and Firefox browsers. Instead, you can get the metadata from our homepage, www.TheBlast.FM. In our re-testing of the player this week, it works much better in Firefox than in Chrome.; Since Winamp support ends December 20th due to AOL giving it the axe, download it while you can at www.winamp.com. It is free. VLC player can be found at www.videolan.org ;It is also free.

Multi-Stream Flash Player Is Now Packed With Streams Again

The multi-stream flash player is now packed with streams at various bit rates again: 64, 56, 48, 32, 24, 20kbps streams and the post-rapture backup stream are all in there. So you can find just about all of our streams in some fashion on the home page of TheBlast.FM.  This weekend, our main web dev guru is tasked with helping to update the All Streams, All Media Players page and add another one of our streams to the home page.  So, look for those updates soon, and keep it Blasty!

Winamp Is About To Die…But There Are Plenty Of Other Ways To Get Blasted

AOL, which bought Winamp from its developers Nullsoft…is ending support for the Winamp media player on December 20th.   While Winamp is the media player of choice for some of our desktop and laptop Blasters, there are still plenty of other options:  iTunes, VLC Player, and the flash and flash/HTML5 players on our site.  We'll also be bringing the 80k Ogg Vorbis stream back to the home page shortly, as that is a favorite of Linux users and pops up in the built-in HTML5 player in Chrome and Firefox (with no in-player metadata support…use the display on our website for that). In other browsers, that stream will open up (with in-player metadata) in VLC if you have it on your computer.  iTunes does not support the Ogg Vorbis codec.