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bobharp
2007-03-05, 13:28
FYI

Internet radio may face crippling fees
(http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070305-internet-radio-may-face-crippling-fees.should-xm-radio-and-sirius-be-alarmed.html).

This would be sad indeed. Would Pandora get hit?

Mark Lanctot
2007-03-06, 09:05
Yeah, everyone would get hit, including Pandora, Rhapsody, everybody.

This is really sad. The RIAA just takes every opportunity to shoot itself in the foot...or should I say shoot the consumer in the foot?

As long as special interests have the ear of the government and the people are excluded, this will just continue. I mean, if the government could create laws to increase your profit and there was no one to stop you, wouldn't you? Assuming you have no conscience, that is.

Record companies pay so much on promotion, can't they see this as just another means of promotion? Surely they could pay for all of Internet radio and still have enough left over in their promotion budgets for a few coke parties a month?

It really is just another means of promotion, and a very promising one at that. Looks like they really want the pay-for-play model and don't care about killing off the fledgling Internet radio industry to do it.

Is there any means of the consumer sampling material before they have to buy it anymore? MTV hardly plays music videos anymore, and the few they do don't interest anyone outside 13-18 year olds. OTA radio is so formulaic and repeats its songs ad nauseum so much I haven't listened to OTA radio in about 10 years. So what will provide the impetus to buy new music then? Actually, big-label music is so awful and the artists are so short-lived these days there really isn't much point to it. What's the lifespan of an RIAA artist these days, a month? They release one album and are never heard from again.

lsmithso
2007-03-06, 09:24
There is something you can do, especially if you're a US citizen, see http://www.saveourinternetradio.com/