Save Internet Radio
This has big implications. One of the things I like about Internet radio it's steams are often available it high bit rates. So using a wireless Internet connection you can get higher bit rate music over the Internet then is available via satellite radio, or even HD radio. For example XM Radio has a higher bit rate on line then then do over their satellites.
I use Internet radio everyday and this is sad.
I just called my representative this morning. Only took 1 min.
I got an email from pandora about this about a couple of weeks ago asking to contact my Congressperson to Help Save Net Radio and I did (along with more than 200.000 people)
Now there is a bill called the "Internet Radio Equality Act, H.R. 2060" to help saving internet radio... I did my call friday and it took me 5 mins.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO HELP SAVING THE INTERNET RADIO.
I use Pandora too, actually listening to it right now. Pandora in the car: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/gene...uter-test.html
Are you embedding it or going trough their web site?
BTW GUYS SAVE PANDORA AND A BUNCH OF OTHER GOOD APPS THAT BRING YOU THE MUSIC THAT YOU LIKE AND ALSO CLOSER TO HOME.
This is just such a kick in the groin for all the independent artists and niche performers trying to break into the industry...I've always viewed the net as a vehicle for such voices, as it's able to reach across a broad geography.
On the face of it, it's fair for record companies to collect fees for the use of their material in promotion of an entity that sells advertising based on the content they provide...but in introducing a flat fee, the only interests being protected are those of big money radio, whose advertising accommodates such flat rates. There's no way small internet venues can support this, whereas it's a drop in the bucket for big broadcasters.
The logic is "we're doing it for the artists". But in the end, independent record labels lose a medium thru which to sample their product out, and the big labels remain safe in their corporate, spoon-fed American-Idol business model cocoon of safety imposed by Congress.
There's no reason not to support legislation for fees based on revenue...revenue is the surest indicator of listenership and market penetration one can point to, and there is certainly a precedent in this country for revenue-based fees/taxation. There's no reason a big-money radio stations shouldn't pay more to broadcast a song to hundreds of thousands if not millions of listeners than a small internet startup pays to broadcast to a few thousand. There's no reason not to believe that big money radio had everything to do with this flat fee nonsense and the fact it was even considered as a fair and equitable solution for artists, broadcasters, and record labels regardless of their size.
Let's see this for what it is: Big business drumming small business out of business via legislation instead of product value and merit.