14 thoughts on “Air of Despair Permeates MusicNets”

  1. The music industry has pushed itself in a complete desaster during the first web boom. Their response to napster & co was so false that it has left many scars within the music industry.
    What we see right now is that apparently nothing has changed among the big boys. Their old-fashioned, short-term thinking will hopefully be punished soon…

  2. This strikes me as something that could be considered monopolistic. I do wonder if there is a lawsuit in the offing of the monopolistic practices of the parties involved.

    I also wonder whether the US Copyright Royalty Board decision can be appealed to the federal court.

  3. Why does everything have to be free on the internet? Perhaps users will have to begin to determine what they want and pay for it just like in the real world. Many of these services like Pandora are very cool but the biz models around them are very poor.

    Look at FaceBook. I can tell you from experience that ads DO NOT work there. It’s cool if you want to brand but it’s not a place to go to make money on your invested dollars. Hey, you want this stuff – you find it valuable? Then cough up a few bucks a year and get it.

  4. Mark S people expect radio to be free and TV to be free just like the past 50 years of braodcasting has taught us .

  5. “Left unchanged, it’s over for us and every other Internet radio service, period, makes it unviable.”

    I’ve had a chat with Mercora and they’re not in the slightest bit concerned about the CRB’s scheduled increase in webcasting royalty rates.

  6. This latest news is bad news of course, for everyone. I recently read that MTV doesn’t even pay royalties on the videos they play. If the royalty rates were reasonable that would be one thing…if they can find a formula that doesn’t overwhelm webcasters that’s fine, but the royalties they want are extreme, unfair, and help destroy what’s left of the music “business”. One guy recently posted on Digg that he worked at a terrestrial radio station that had to pay $400/song played, simply outrageous! No wonder there’s so damn many commercials…and no wonder I no longer listen to radio anymore!!! Anyways, the RIAA should focus on eliminating middlemen and lowering CD prices…and they better enjoy their lawsuits while they can, because lots of file-sharers are making the switch to encrypted file-sharing solutions like GigaTribe, which keep people out of the radar ( http://www.gigatribe.com ).

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