Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Narrow Minds vs. Narrowcasting
The recent decision to jack up the royalty rates for internet radio stations is re-goddamn-diculous! As if narrow-playlist Queer Channel doesn't control enough of the terrestrial market, now small guys on the web are falling like dominoes because they can't afford to pay so much to play a wider variety of music that actually helped to expose people to eclectic tunes they may not hear otherwise. This, in turn led to increased sales of said music, much of it bought and downloaded from the web. This method of getting music is still booming, but sales of CDs are way down. The paranoia of the music biz is contributing to its downfall. The record companies need to embrace new ways of distributing their wares or they will perish.