I've still never quite found out the date (or even year) when music channels abandoned the viewer selection aspect in favour of pre-made playlists. I think it was shortly after the advent on Youtube in the mid-late 2000s, when the idea of calling/texting a number became redundant - especially so with Spotify's quick rise to success at the very end of that decade.
It holds a lot of memories for me as my first introduction to chart music, and for a while I had a VHS mixtape recorded from the channel in 1999 with my then-favourite songs - Steps, The Cartoons and Fatboy Slim were the first few from memory. My uncle also made me one a couple years later using the channel with various rock and nu-metal songs interspersed with Britney Spears and S Club 7.
Many surprise European hits of the late 90s to mid-2000s owe their unexpected UK success to the channel for giving them airplay that other radio/TV stations wouldn't - ok, the likes of Scooter and O-Zone aren't to many's tastes but The Box helped them to top 3 chart places and hundreds of thousands of sales.
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