Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Internet's new walls

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.


Stableboy said...

Is that you Peter? I can't find any sign of your NAME on this page... anyway, I agree that the Internet radio mess is bad for music, bad for artists, bad for fans.

Seems like the music industry is determined to keep shooting themselves in the foot over the Internet until they run out of bullets and fall over entirely.

What a wild world it will be then! :-)

Peter said...

Yes -- this is me -- and yes -- I'm expecting a fabulous future too! But I think the RIAA have many bullets. All that catalog just keeps those royalties coming in.