| But then
I started doing Last Plane to Jakarta as a weekly site (the
next edition of the actual ink-and-paper ‘zine is due...sometime
this year, the editor said, somewhat nervously), and somebody
at Audiogalaxy noticed it and put up a link from the “metal”
section of their site to Last Plane to Jakarta’s front page,
and I started noticing a big increase in the number of visitors to
LPTJ each week. A quick scan of the weekly site-traffic reports led
me to Audiogalaxy, which works like a somewhat clunkier Napster: the
interface is web-based even when you’re using a keen auxiliary
like Open AG X (for OS X, which, incidentally, does not crash).
You type what you want into the helper application and you hit “return,”
but the results come up in a web-browser window. The results themselves
come up ten per page, one page at a time, so searches on more popular
or prolific artists can leave a person with a lot of slogging to do.
When you see a song you want, you click on a little button that bears
the image of a satellite, and your download begins not in the browser
window but in the window of your helper application, leaving you free
to continue poking around and looking for new things. Every time you
find something else you want, you click on the satellite button and
that song joins your queue. So while Napster’s interface was
sexy and sleek, all quick action and immediate connection, Audiogalaxy
has a more homey feeling to it: organic, kind of, and loose.