American Internet radio webcasters can no longer offer connections to international listeners. Has anything like this happened before on the internet? I guess there's always been illegal data, but this seems big to me. I lost Pandora yesterday. Too bad too, according to this study 77% of music listening internet users, use the internet to discover new music. Obviously, it's not about getting artists more fans.
American soldiers in Iraq lost their radio too -- no more radio or YouTube for them... they say the soldiers are using too much bandwidth, there are also concerns about security. Now the Pentagon has a YouTube channel -- not sure how that works -- they have a channel, but American soldiers will have to go to an internet cafe to watch it.
Meanwhile, back home, webcasters got some breathing room... the new royalty rates are now due in July -- hopefully the deal makers and law makers can come up with a system that will keep the webcasters we've grown so fond of in business. More news about this here.