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Over the past couple weeks, our readers have sent some new links our way. Here's some of the good stuff that they've had to offer:

  • Encyclopodia (Wikipedia on Your Ipod): If this works, it's a great idea. Encyclopodia is a free software project that brings Wikipedia to the Apple iPod. Encyclopodia can be installed on iPod generations 1 through 4, plus on iPod Minis.
  • Download Free Music Thanks to Peter Gabriel: You can can download songs free and legally through a new service backed by Peter Gabriel. The new venture, We7, provides DRM-free music. And in exchange for it, listeners agree to listen to "personalized messages" (read ads) that are "grafted" onto the beginning of song tracks. Meanwhile, another reader suggests looking at Grooveshark, which is also offering DRM-free music.
  • Free Travelling/Touring Podcasts: In our Monday piece that looked at 10 Unexpected Uses of the iPod, we mentioned a product that let's you take guided tours of New York and Paris, and they happen to run about $12. It turns out that you can get user-created city tours for free. Check out iToors, Podguides.net (where you can get user-generated city guides), and also iaudioguide.com, which features audio guides for over 40 cities. Another one suggested by a reader is Tourdio.
  • More French Culture Podcasts: This is from JohnnyB in Brooklyn: "France Culture (iTunes) has a vast collection of programming available for download, including daily news updates and lots of cultural programming. One of my favorites is Repliques (iTunes), hosted by Alain Finkelkraut. The tenet of the program is to invite two authors with either slightly or widely divergent points of view on a single topic, and to let the discussion roll. Sometimes it's wonderful, sometimes vapid, and Finkelkraut often impresses me as a one-note Johnny with his wailing about La Defaite de la Pensee, but I always find it better than listening to my neighbor's hip-hop beats in the subway ride to work."
  • Language Learning Podcasts: Roxanne suggests a couple podcasts that will teach you Korean: One is called Kimchigirls; the other is called Corean 4 Life, which despite the misspelling appears to be teaching Korean. Then Hank recommends SpanishSense that will help you pick up some Spanish, and Frank offers up a podcast for students learning Khmer.

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  • Johnny B says:

    I think I mentioned this before. On ITunes, France Culture has a vast collection of programming available for download, including daily news updates and lots of cultural programming. One of my favorites is Repliques, hosted by Alain Finkelkraut. The tenet of the program is to invite two authors with either slightly or widely divergent points of view on a single topic, and to let the discussion roll. Sometimes it’s wonderful, sometimes vapid, and Finkelkraut often impresses me as a one-note Johnny with his wailing about La Defaite de la Pensee, but I always find it better than listening to my neighbor’s hip-hop beats in the subway ride to work.

  • Steve S says:

    Just to add another link to your list, Grooveshark (http://www.grooveshark.com) is also offering DRM-Free music, and is even working out a scheme to pay both the publishers and the pirates for their collections.

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