This makes me sad. Like I said in the Muxtape thread, the music "industry" doesn't get it. Pandora and Muxtape and others are advertisements for the songs. The royalties the industry are wanting are completely out of the realm of reality. I hear a song and go buy it. I know many don't, but when I was a kid we taped songs off the radio. And when you had enough allowance saved up, you go to Tower Records and buy music.
I pay for my sat radio. I would pay for a commercial free Pandora. I buy music all the time. But these dipshits don't get it.
We'll see an article soon on how the corporate music industry is suffering. They will blame the casual file sharers, the economy, and everyone but themselves. One of the reasons I don't buy as much as I used it a lot of the major label releases are shit. Do we really need a New Kids on the Block comeback album?
I agree with you on that. I happily paid for a year of ReelRadio and would pay more if I had to (but obviously I hope I don't have to). I THINK I'd pay for MuxTape as well, since I'd still rather go there than to radio. If the service is strong and they offer an enjoyable listening experience, I'll pay. I don't expect accessing music to be free (even though it has been via many services I like most), but I definitely wouldn't pay for something where commercials are involved. All I want is to be able to hear some good tunes - a mix of stuff I know and enjoy and new stuff I'm not already familiar with. I don't get that from radio anymore - and haven't since college. The online services can narrowcast and target my potential likes much better than radio ever has been able to. I understand the financial wranglings going on during this wild west period of web music delivery, but I hope it doesn't kill what could potentially be a very harmonious experience for all involved.
We'll see an article soon on how the corporate music industry is suffering.
Ummmm.....I thought those were the only articles being written about the music industry.
NEPOTISM ALERT: As I've mentioned before, my paycheck comes from the record business, so I'm not a disinterested party. But I'm not a flag waver for the industry and never feel an obligation to take up the industry cause with anything here. In fact, I try to stay out of most of the record industry discussions here and at MeFi because I don't want to wear that hat here. But I'll join in just about any discussion about what you're listening to or which Cheap Trick album side is the best. My heart is with musicians, music fans, and people working to get the word out about music you MUST hear, whether it be someone at a record store, a writer, or somebody that makes a killer MuxTape.
The only answer is for several of us to quit our jobs and become full-time radio Mecha DJs.
Eideteker - I like the Mixsion Impossible idea, but I wonder if it's too overwhelming for most. I'm a mixdisc junkie, and these days even I'd have trouble kicking out a mix on demand. But I'll give it a go.
A suggestion could be to have people pick a set number (3 or 5?) of songs to submit for each theme, and then at the end compile a Made by MeCha mix for download. I've done those kind of mixes with groups of people in the past and loved how they've turned out. It's cool to see what choices people make when they only have a few slots.