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June 27, 2007

Internet Radio goes Silent

Looking for a distraction and something new I hopped on over to Pandora to listen to some tunes and to my surprise I was greeted with the message "We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for most listeners located outside of the U.S" which no doubt took me by surprise to say the least. A quick jump over to to Techmeme to see what's going on and I find that not just Pandora is offline so is Yahoo! Launchcast, Radio Paradise, Live 365, Shoutcast and MTV Radio to name but a few. Why are all these Internet radio stations offline you ask? They are all participating in the 'Day of Radio Silence' protesting against increased royalty rates that come into effect July 15 that are retrospective back to January 1, 2006 and simply state that these sites cannot afford the rates that are being proposed. You can read more at any of the links provided above or check out the full list of Internet radio stations that are (or were) participating in the 26th June 'Internet Radio Day of Silence' or read more at the SaveNetRadio.org website for more information.

What can us Aussie's do is anyone's guess except support our favourite Internet station to the best of our abilities...

Posted by Stephen at June 27, 2007 03:13 AM

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Does this mean you normally have access to Pandora? I was under the impression that they closed their doors to non US residents months ago.

Posted by: Tom Purnell at June 27, 2007 03:53 AM

Yes Tom, I have not opened up Pandora for a couple of weeks though the last time I opened up my player I had no issuses and today was the first time I saw that page and info above, then I presumed after a quick search that showed up the SaveNetRadio information that it was also linked to the same deal. Checking the Pandora blog shows that the switch was thrown May 5 and Canada was switched off May 15.

There is some more detail about the 'Internet Radio Equality Act' at Wikipedia and also the Pandora blog from April 26.

I must have been flying under the radar with some of my personal IP Allocations :) though now it is more :( after the extra reading.

Posted by: Stephen [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2007 04:12 AM

Tom, you were once able to access Pandora by faking a Zip code, now they're tracking by IP address and faking your personal one aint gonna fool them no more. This is very very sad. Pandora was one of the 'net's better inventions and switched me onto a bunch of music I would never have listened to (let alone bought) if not for its creative "style" matching. Very impressive. But, in true Music Industry short sightedness, they've claimed the licenses are US only, blah blah blah. They simply cannot, will not, and utterly refuse to see that their business model is dying and that they need to adapt. They will - they'll be forced to eventually - but not before blocking the new world at every turn like the technophobic luddites they are. As an avid music listener (hundreds upon hundreds of purchased CDs), this pains me.

(Dear God in Heaven, why did THIS take me six times before it FINALLY posted? Why is it possible to have a webpage without a name and email address - implying these are saved from the previous page - only to be told once you post "Name and email address are required? More importantly, why did this successfully post ONLY from IE rather than Firefox?)

Posted by: aragond at July 17, 2007 05:18 PM