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Summary

A State of Trance (often abbreviated as ASOT) is the title of a weekly radio show hosted by popular trance Armin van Buuren. First airing in March 2001 on ID&T Radio (the predecessor of Slam!FM), the show takes the format of a two hour mix in which he plays new Trance music, both promotional and commercially released. Selected tracks are announced during the show in order to help promote new artists and releases. Its radio-show/website combination has proven popular internationally, as fans - while listening to the radio-show - will converse in the website chat-rooms and forums, such as DI.FM, during the broadcast. Internationally, the show attracts more than 30 million listeners each week, making it the most popular radio program in the world.

On Air: Weekly on Thursday, 08:00 - 10:00 pm (CET)

On Demand

DI.FM hosts each weekly A State Of Trance show for their On Demand service. The show is streamed in multiple formats: 256 kbit/s (MP3), 128 kbit/s (AAC), 128 kbit/s and 64 kbit/s (Windows Media), 64 kbit/s and 32 kbit/s (AAC+) for users with the paid Premium package, and free at 96 kbit/s (MP3), 24 kbit/s (AAC+), 40 kbit/s (Windows Media).

Episodes of A State of Trance are also widely recorded and redistributed in MP3 format on filehosting websites such as Rapidshare and Megaupload, private FTP servers and BitTorrent sites. File quality ranges from 192 kbps to 320 kbps, however, 192 kbps is the most common due to the wide (and free) availability of 192 kbps source streams as well as the relatively small file size (~180 mb per episode).

Regular Features

Each broadcast features three songs selected as Tune of the Week, Future Favourite and ASOT Radio Classic.

  • The Tune of the Week is selected by Armin van Buuren as his personal choice of best new tune in the show.

  • The Future Favourite is voted for by listeners from a list of new tunes from the previous week's show. The poll takes place at External LinkTrance.nu/.

  • The ASOT Radio Classic track has been part of the show since episode 284. Armin selects a track from past years of trance and briefly describes what made the track a classic. It is played as the last track of the show.

Competition

Several Trance radio shows compete with A State of Trance, and feature similar characteristics such as fan-voted favorite and a track of the week. Examples include Above & Beyond's Trance Around the World, Markus Schulz's Global DJ Broadcast, and Ferry Corsten's Corsten's Countdown.

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