High royalty rates could kill web radio including Pandora. This is very disturbing news for me because I listen to a lot of web radio especially Pandora. I rarely if ever listen to AM/FM radio these days and web radio is my only insight to new music. Web radio influences me to buy new music.
As I mentioned before I have only recently started buying new music again. A big part of this is has to do with the availability of DRM-free music. And the music I do buy now is heavily influenced by what I hear on Pandora and other web radio stations. If web radio dies because of the insanely high royalty rates then there’s a good chance my music buying habits will die off too as I will end up going back and listening to only the music I already have.
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