I'm getting a lot of questions from the listeners at Wizard Radio. But the one question I just can't answer is "Why?" Why is the recording industry, particularly the large record labels, mounting a full charge against only one type of media? Why is Internet Radio the object of their ire?
It is a question that is impossible to answer. It makes so little sense, that a rational mind simply cannot fathom an answer.
Today Internet Radio pays more revenue to the recording industry than any other source. Since big corporate radio, like Clear Channel's AM and FM stations pay absolutely nothing, why target the medium that is paying and paying handsomely.
Part of the answer may be that the record companies simply don't understand the medium. They are unsure where Internet Radio ends and theft by illegal downloading begins.
Curiously, they have it all backwards. Internet Radio does more to stop illegal downloading that promote it. When listeners have access to the music they crave (something AM and FM radio cannot and will not offer), it diminishes the need for downloading. With 20,000 to 30,000 stations, a listener can find any music choice they desire.
They can learn about artists that they would never hear on conventional radio. Perhaps that is the threat. The big labels need to sell the big artists. If you fall in love with someone NOT prepackaged by RCA or Sony, they potentially lose money.
Since big corporate radio is in the pocket of the big labels, it pays to protect them and drive out competition.
From today's New York Times:
TECHNORATI TAGS: INTERNET RADIO NEW YORK TIMES ACCU-RADIO RADIO AND INTERNET NEWS RIAA PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES FREE SPEECH MUSIC
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