High Royalty Rates Could Kill Web Radio

Posted by Kirby Turner on August 20, 2008

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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