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Frequently Asked Questions
About ABC Jazz
What is ABC Jazz?
ABC Jazz is a digital radio station from the ABC, available on DAB+, online and on digital TV.
ABC Jazz builds on the great reputation ABC Radio has for specialist jazz programming and will appeal to fans and musicians alike. ABC Jazz is an important part of the Australian jazz community and features releases from the best jazz musicians in the country, and from around the world. It also includes original jazz performances recorded for ABC programs such as Jazztrack.
You can hear ABC Jazz on Digital Radio (in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney), online, on free-to-air digital TV (Channel 201) or on subscription TV (Channel 885).
Digital Radio does not use frequencies, you can find ABC Jazz by scanning for the station name on your receiver.
Please note that Digital Radio broadcasts of ABC Jazz occur in local time in all Australian states. Other platforms can be heard in Eastern time, as follows:
- digital TV (channel 201 - metropolitan and rural areas) - Eastern time
- online via the ABC Radio Player - Eastern time
- on mobile via the ABC Radio App - Eastern time
Listen to ABC Jazz on your computer or mobile phone right now - click here
Changes to Jazztrack in 2015
Jazztrack is no longer broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
To access Jazztrack live at 5pm Saturday & Sunday listen to ABC Jazz via:
- selecting 'ABC Jazz' station on DAB+ digital radio if you live in the capital cities except Darwin & Hobart
- ABC Jazz on digital tv channel 201 anywhere in Australia
- ABC Jazz on pay tv providers e.g. Foxtel
- ABC Jazz on the VAST service if in remote areas
- listening online from the ABC Jazz website: www.abc.net.au/jazz
- listening on your mobile device or mobile phone live via streaming audio from ABC Jazz via the ABC Radio app or third party apps such as 'Tune-In Radio' or from a browser via the ABC Jazz player.
- In your car by streaming ABC Jazz to your car radio via Bluetooth or audio aux in from the ABC Radio app or third party apps.
Jazztrack will be repeated on ABC Jazz each following week:
- The Saturday edition is repeated on Tuesdays at 2pm and 9pm
- The Sunday edition is repeated on Wednesdays at 2pm and 9pm
Jazztrack will also be heard on RN (Radio National) on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 11pm from Sat Jan 31st.
Audio on demand: Jazztrack can be streamed anytime for four weeks after broadcast.
Digital Radio is an established broadcast platform in the UK, Europe and parts of Asia. Initially, Digital Radio will be available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with plans underway for the future extension of services to other capital cities and regional areas.
Digital Radio is not replacing current services; it simply provides another choice in how to receive your ABC Radio.
You will need a 'DAB+ digital radio' to receive digital radio.
Learn more about Digital Radio from the ABC.
Enter your postcode to find out if you can receive Digital Radio via the Digital Radio Plus website (coverage will grow over time).
You can also find more information on the ABC Radio website
Digital Radio does not use frequencies, you can find ABC Radio stations by scanning for the station name on your receiver.
Register for a profile on ABC Jazz and you can recommend artists and stories, add your own photos, video and audio, add comments without waiting for approval and make connections with like-minded music lovers.
Create a new ABC Jazz profile here. It only takes a minute! (Note: this is not an ABC-wide profile - it is specific to ABC Jazz. If you had a profile on the old dig Music website you will need to create a new one here.)
Please observe the site guidelines when adding information to your profile.
When you registered with ABC Jazz we sent you a confirmation email. You need to click the confirmation link in that email before you can start using your profile on the website.
If you are logged-in you can visit your profile page and click on the link 'Change Picture' link below your photo. You can change your user photo as often as you like. While you're there, you can also add some information about yourself to the 'About Me' section of your profile - click the 'Edit About Me' link on the left of the page.
Recommendations are a way for you to highlight the artists you hear played on ABC Jazz and the stories you read on the website. Clicking the Recommend button will increase the recommendation count for that item, showing its popularity, and your recommendation will appear on your own ABC Jazz profile. It's a great way to champion the music you love and to connect with ABC Jazz listeners with similar tastes.
You can add you own comments to all of the artists and stories on ABC Jazz - start a conversation or contribute to an on-going discussion. If you're registered and logged-in as a user of ABC Jazz your comments will appear immediately. Annonymous comments will not appear until they have been approved by the ABC Jazz Moderators.
Tags are a quick way of labelling, organising and sharing the content on the ABC Jazz website. Tags can be added by the ABC Jazz producers and by you. You could add a musical genre tag such as 'jazz' or 'blues' to an artist page, or an album name or a country of origin... or a tag could simply be a word you would use to describe something. If you click on an individual tag on the ABC Jazz website you will see all of the site content tagged with that phrase.
Once you are registered and logged-in as a user on the ABC Jazz website you can upload your own musically relevant photos, videos and audio from your own computer. On every story page you will see links to 'Add Audio, Photo or Video' at the top right of the page. Adding an item here will make it show up on that specific page and on your own profile page. You can also add photos, videos and audio directly to your ABC Jazz profile. Note - uploading video may take a few minutes.
If you are registered and logged-in as a user of ABC Jazz you can 'add' other users to your 'network'. This is an easy way of connecting with other listeners who may have similar musical tastes. Wherever you see a user name - for example in a list of comments or recommendations on a page - click on the user's name and you will be taken to their profile. Click on the 'Add to my Network' link at the top of their profile to connect with that user. Once you are connected you will be able to message the user and follow their activity on the ABC Jazz website.
You can easily undo the connection by clicking on the 'Remove from my network' link on their profile page.
- Keep your contributions civil, tasteful and relevant.
- No defamatory comments.
- Avoid contempt of court.
- Do not incite people to commit any crime, including incitement of racial hatred.
- Avoid breaking a court injunction.
- Do not post content which you've copied from someone else and don't own the copyright.
- Do not post messages that are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, homophobic or racially offensive.
- No spamming or flooding.
- No personal information (addresses, phone numbers etc.)
- Keep your posts relevant.
- No advertising, promotion of products or services, or posting of web links (URLs).
- No impersonating.
- No inappropriate usernames (vulgar, offensive, etc).
The artist pages on the ABC Jazz website are automatically created as we play each song. The automated search processes may occasionally include content from elsewhere on the internet that is not directly related to the artist - especially if the artist has a generic or common name. If you see content that is incorrect please let us know by clicking the 'Alert Moderator' link adjacent to the content. We will review the material and remove it if necessary, in a timely fashion.
Visit the Just Played page on the ABC Jazz website to see all the songs played - you can search by date, time and keywords.
If you have music you'd like to submit to be considered for airplay on ABC Jazz send a CD to:
- ABC Jazz Digital Radio
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- GPO Box 9994
- SYDNEY NSW
- AUSTRALIA 2001
Please note we are unable to accept music submissions as files, either via email or links. Due to the large amount of submissions we are unable to respond to individual queries regarding receipt of music or prospective airplay.
We can't promise to play it on-air, but we'll try our best to have a listen.
If you hear the recorded message there is probably a problem with the configuration of the media player on your computer. This is most often the case if you are trying to listen with Windows Media Player or via a work/office connection. Please check the following settings:
Windows Media Player:
- With the ABC Jazz Player open (after choosing Windows Media Player and clicking Listen), right click on the area immediately adjacent to the play/stop/volume controls,
- From the menu, click on 'Options',
- In the Options window, click on 'Network',
- In the Network window, under Protocols, ensure only HTTP is ticked (i.e. untick RTSP/UDP and RTSP/TCP).
- If this does not resolve the problem and you are listening at work you may also need to add a specific HTTP proxy via this window. Please check with your IT department for details.
Please be aware that the availability and reliability of online audio streaming may vary from time to time due to a range of connection factors beyond our control.
If you're listening via the Windows Media Player option the data rate can vary because we use a technique called multi-bitrate streaming, which automatically uses the highest amount of bandwidth that your connection can handle.
If you're using the Windows Media Player option on the ABC Jazz website you can right-click on the actual player (near the play/volume buttons etc) and select 'Statistics' to see the current data rate.
The maximum connection speed for all our streams is 128kbps. 1 minute of audio streamed at 128 kbps is equal to downloading 0.9229 Megabytes, so it can be said that the maximum amount of data being used equals approximately 60MB per hour.
For the Windows stream you can decrease the bandwidth used. Check the options in your Windows Media. Please note that lowering the connection speed will reduce the audio quality, but may improve the consistency of your connection. Windows also has a nasty habit of putting these settings back to its default when it auto-updates, so you may need to occasionally check the settings again.
For further assistance please go to the ABC Radio help page.
The ABC is pioneering Digital TV multi-channelling and will be the only network in Australia showing three standard definition channels and one high definition channel simultaneously.
As with all Australian television operators, the ABC has been allocated a specific amount of spectrum to use for all its digital television services. In order to fit these channels within the allotted spectrum, the ABC has reduced the spectrum available for the ABC Dig Music and ABC Jazz services.
The reduction in audio signal is from 192kbps stereo to 92kbps mono.
ABC Dig Music and ABC Jazz are available in high sound quality on Digital DAB+ radio in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The services can also be heard online at abc.net.au/digmusic and abc.net.au/jazz
Space on digital television is precious and we have to share the available spectrum with the ABC television services. This means we are unable to squeeze the song information onto digital TV. You can keep up with what is being played via the Just Played page on the website, or the ABC mobile website or iphone app.