Even better audio quality
- 128 kbps streams now standard for broadband users
- Automatic detection of connection speed sends 128Kbps or 32 kbps streams to broadband and dial up users
Better, more responsive player
- Built-in Flash media player for all platforms and browsers — no more media player hassles!
- "Heads up" display minimizes text and visual distraction during play, activates when you roll over it
- "NOW PLAYING" display identifies artist and track title as well as program or album
- Larger banner for weekly art
- Larger volume control, mute icon, and media progress bar with digital time readout
- Instant "one-click" navigation to anywhere in the progress bar
- New track replay |< and track forward skip |> controls to move to next or last piece
Continuous music experience
- Turn radio program voiceovers off and on at will with the microphone icon for uninterrupted music!
- Play Radio Channel with voiceovers off for 100% uninterrupted background ambience
Better Radio Channel
- Radio Channel draws upon the entire program archive all the time, no repeats.
- Programs seasonally appropriate music, automatically eliminating inappropriate themes
- Prepaid access time plans now apply to Radio Channel as well as individual programs
Personal Playlist Management and Favorites
- Old "Queue" function is now in the MY PLAYLISTS tab of the Flash player
- Create unlimited personal playlists of items from the HOS archive.
- Save, replay, edit, rename or delete any time.
- Personal playlists can include any combination of programs, albums, and tracks.
- "Drag and drop" items to change the order within playlists.
- New integrated FAVORITES listing includes radio programs, albums & tracks
- Move items from Favorites to a personal playlist with one click
Enhanced experience for non-subscribers
- FREE 30 second samples of everything in the Archive
- Guests and non-subscribers may use all site functions, including playlists
- Expanded free content includes full length program and album