The New York Times reports that Music Labels Reach Royalty Deal With Online Stations: Webcasters with significant advertising revenue, like Pandora or Slacker, will pay the greater of 25 percent of revenue or a fee each time a listener hears a song, starting at .08 cent for songs streamed in 2006 and increasing to .14 … Continue reading Online Radio Royalty Deal Reached
The Washington Post looks at webcaster Pandora‘s imminent demise in spite of its popularity (“about 1 million listeners daily” and “40,000 new customers a day”): Giant of Internet Radio Nears Its ‘Last Stand’. Thanks to the music inudstry’s lobbyists, web radio has to pay twice as much per song as terrestial radio, which only pays … Continue reading Internet Radio Is Doomed
Online music site LastFM has finally launched the royalty payment program they announced in January. The company will start paying out royalties to unsigned and independent bands that upload their music to the site…eventually. The landing page for the program says that it hasn’t actually launched (confusing!!!) but that artists can set up their accounts … Continue reading LastFM Readies Royalty Program
On Tuesday, June 26, thousands of U.S.-based webcasters plan to turn off the music and go silent in a unified effort to draw attention to an impending royalty rate increase that, if implemented, would lead to the virtual shutdown of this country’s Internet radio industry. Internet-only webcasters and broadcasters that simulcast online will alert their … Continue reading Internet Radio Reduced To Silence
Webjay is closing up shop. Webjay was a neat little service that allowed anyone to create playlists from mp3s already hosted somewhere on the web. It also ranked playlists by popularity and helped people discover new music. Yahoo bought it in 2006, and is shutting it down at the end of this month. Until then, … Continue reading Webjay: R.I.P.
U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Rejects Webcasters, Embraces SoundExchange: “The situation looks grim for webcasters large and small. Even tiny sites would owe the minimum of $500 per channel per year…” And how much of that money will musicians see? Take a guess.
Don’t Let Congress Shackle Digital Music – The “PERFORM Act” would permanently hobble your ability to record off the radio and force webcasters to use DRM formats. Just say no! It’s easy and important.
Webjay lets you build a playlist of free online music and stream it. Via Wired. Here’s GLONO’s playlist.
Garage rock streaming from the land where dope is legal: Grunnen Rocks