Pandora and other internet radio are in jeopady

UPDATE: I heard that now Pandra is rejecting access from Japan, the reason not confirmed.   TechCrunch had covered the story thoroughly, as always.   They are gonna fileter by country IP address.  I haven’t received the mail, maybe they sent to the old address.  Not sure if this also applies to my favorite WBLS 107.5 online streaming now available overseas, too.

  As somewhat anticipated by Sean Ryan of Shark Jumping, internet radio like Pandora is in jeopady. I ve received the following email from Pandora (I assume all of Pandora users too.) Not sure I, as a Japanese national, can help by voting but if you are a US citizen then you can help them.




I’m writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn’t pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends – the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I’m no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster’s business potential.

I hope you’ll take just a few minutes to sign our petition – it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

-Tim Westergren

“Original” Quiet Storm – WHUR 96.3Mhz (in jp)

WBLSのOnlineが工事中のようでここ数日聴けません。それでも何か聴きたいなと思いWHUR 96.3MhzのQuiet Stormをきいています。やや選曲が違うみたいです。実はQuiet Stormというラジオフォーマットを最初に流したのが、この、WHURで、当時ハワード大学の学生 (WHURのインターン)だったMelvin LindseyというDJだったようです。

そのせいか、番組中はには、たまに”ORIGINAL!”とナレーションがはいり、 Quiet Stormの「元祖」ということをしきりにアピールしています。

一 方、今年35周年を向かえたWBLS 107.5FMの人気DJのChampaineは、「QuietStormというフォーマットを世の中に確立のはWBLSおよび故 Frankie Crocker (彼女からすれば元ボス)である」というようなことを先日しきりにアピールしていました。

まぁまぁ、それはさておき、たまには趣の違ったQuiet Stormも悪くないです。

いまだにWHUR(DC)あるいはWBLS(NY)いずれも、FMラジオで聞いてる人がほとんどで、オンラインのstreamingという市場は小さいので しょうね。オンラインでは州の境はおろか実は国境を越えた競合にさらせれるわけで、また、一方では、pandoralast.fmのように、生身のDJ を排除、聴者各人の好みの音楽を自動再生する機能や、コミュニティ形成という別の競争軸も入れてくるわけだし、厳しいですね。でもWHUR、WBLS、共 にがんばってほしいです。

Update: けっこうJeff BrownのQuiet Storm (WHUR, Washington DC)にも、はまってきました。つまるところ、いくつかの曲を紹介する時の、DJのナレーションとBGMとのビミョーな混じり具合、そのときの静けさみたいなのが自分は好きなんだなぁと実感してます。さすがに元祖というだけあっていいですね(ラーメンじゃないけど)。もちろん、Vaughn Harper のQuiet Stormもはやくききたいです。Champaineも。 

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