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Ten years in, music industry begins to get it

I wasn’t the first to the checkout lane with an mp3 player. I am a music hoarder and therefore loved the idea, but when they broke on the scene I was a poor college student and there simply wasn’t enough money in the beer fund to buy the pricey gadgets that let you put 200 (!) songs on one CD. Then graduation day came and a generous Aunt and Uncle later, I was rocking the Rio Volt SP100. I was in hog heaven.

I hit the eurail that summer, Volt in hand, and there were near fisticuffs with my traveling companions over this player that today can be had at Walmart for $20. Why? Well, on the train, there isn’t a lot to do (at least not in 2001). Music can get you through a lot of boring and confining moments on overnight hauls. But the macro concept there was the fact that you got to take your music with you.

Portable music libraries entered the consumers mind with the walkman in the 80’s, but it wasn’t until the mp3 player that your music fit in your pocket. There wasn’t a bulky shoebox of tapes or Case Logic book of CD’s that had to be toted along with your gadget. Your gadget now WAS your music! Most excellent.

We’ve recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the mp3 player and I am seven years removed from my Rio delight. I am happy to report that the music industry might finally have figured out how to interact with consumers on the digital playing field.

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Montana Governor tells Feds to pound sand!

This is about a week old now, but what a great moment in radio! If only the other Governors around the country would join this valiant challenge to absurd federal mandates, we might be headed in the right direction. My last few posts have been a bit on the heavy side, so I thought a bright spot might be in order. Enjoy!

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The bell tolls for thee, Internet radio

In yet another asinine regulatory decision handed down by our stifling federal bureaucracy, the Copyright Royalty Board ruled on March 5, 2007 to increase the royalty paid by online radio stations. The increase to $0.14 per song per listener goes into effect retroactively to 2006 and stays in place until 2008, at which time the rates get another double-digit increase.

This decision will have two clear effects: 1) many online radio sites (Pandora, for instance) will go overseas to avoid this onerous pillaging by the recording industry and 2) those that can’t make the jump overseas will simply go out of business.

I know this makes me the anachronism that I am, but I thought this country was supposed to be about the free flow of information and the industrious pursuit of success and happiness? Damn! All that grade school propaganda got the better of me.

What about my former radio station, KJHK? They were nearly sunk back in 2002 when rates were jacked up the first time. Now, they have to worry about this back-dated bill? I suggest you get their stream on while you still can!

Be sure to check out the coverage of this issue over at BusinessWeek and Cnet.

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