Tag Archives: Internet radio

August #3

How long does it take to create one hour of eLearning? http://bit.ly/EeLbN
Scholarly publishing with WordPress http://bit.ly/kW34Q

New Scientist: worldwide government initiatives to block, filter and control the internet http://bit.ly/1WesNZ

Google Book Settlement
BBC on Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo signing up to Open Book Alliance re Google Book Settlement http://bit.ly/tuSSk
Peter Brantley and the Open Book Alliance – throwing the book at Google http://bit.ly/45PRvS

“The real reason why the major labels love Spotify” http://tinyurl.com/ornatz Labels OK. Artists ‘earn about the same as busking’.
From Telegraph Tech: Spotify to make ‘significant’ revenue for UK record labels ‘within six months’ http://bit.ly/KIXQs
Good news for internet radio: skipping tracks is not an ‘interactive service’ US judgement http://bit.ly/16GjPt

Digital Britain
Internet cut-off threat for illegal downloadershttp://tinyurl.com/nv4dxc
BIS press release on file sharing disconnections http://bit.ly/tCw7e

NewsTrust launches Smart Feeds: news stories by journalists on Twitter & trusted sites. http://bit.ly/15mOGj
Birmingham Post faces threat of going weekly: Trinity Mirror has confirms review http://bit.ly/j9ZtO
“Dissociated Press” James Boyle FT column on news and journalism business http://bit.ly/wZon

BBC: people who engage in media “multitasking” are those least able to do so well, according to researchers http://bit.ly/y5WJn


July #3



Guardian activate video: resisting repression in Zimbabwe with web media and text messages bit.ly


Online privacy

via Resourceshelf: How to read a privacy policy  tr.im


Who pays for news?

Columbia Journalism Review: Who pays for news? Their paywall will deter some readers.. bit.ly

Gruber on David Simon’s Columbia Journalism Review piece on paywalls bit.ly


Filesharing disconnections

Hull ISP Karoo filesharing disconnections: guilt by accusation, punishment without trial tr.im


The Daily Mail

Dividing the known world into things which killl and things which cure: ‘crowdsourcing the Mail’s ontological project, amazing, fabulous, brilliant’. Inspired by Ben Goldacre tr.im 


Local papers

Economist on closure of local newspapers: Bedworth Echo bit.ly

Roy Greeenslade: local papers fighting a war in print that will be won online bit.ly



Alan Rusbridger talks about new forms of ‘mutual’ news, combining crowsourced material and traditional investigative journalism. Using example photographs from policing the G20 protests and Ian Tomlinson’s death which were supplied by witnesses. Also, the substantial Guardian investigation into corporate tax evasion and the role of Wikileaks in defeating an injunction against publication.

He makes a  case for public subsidy of Press Association newspapers reporting regional news.

Video: Decline of local news may allow corruption in public institutions to grow, Guardian editor warns bit.ly 

Video: Growth of online watchdogs like Fix My Street and They Work for You- are they ‘journalism’ and does it matter? bit.ly 


Culture, Media & Sport press standards committee

investigate alleged use of phone hacking by News of the World

1 video: Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger & Nick Davies bit.ly

2 video: News of the World executives & former editor Andy Coulson  bit.ly



Programme for TED Global at Oxford conferences.ted.com


July #1


France, copyright and internet access

Hadopi 2 Passes French Senate twurl.nl 


Information design

“Building Better White Papers” bit.ly  DFID policy document, summaries, video, links to ways of being active. Offers users a choice of levels of engagement with policy from one location.


Internet Radio

Pandora: ‘The royalty crisis is over!’ Tim Westergen on surviving the Copyright Review Board years bit.ly

Social by Social

Social media for social impact NESTA publish Social by Social handbook. bit.ly

Will Perrin: What social media means for government, from Social by Social bit.ly 



Write To Reply: new consultation: Sustainable Independent and Impartial News in the Regions: bit.ly 


Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Knowledge announce Open Database licence v1.0 bit.ly

New developments on ‘Where Does My Money Go?’: ur1.ca


UK policy

UK Government response to e-petition on Open-sourcing local government information ff.im 

Update on Digital Britain bit.ly



A Twitter Search Primer tr.im



Recovery.gov’s Data Transparency Called “Significant Failure” by Watchdog Group bit.ly 



Video of Channel 4 event Recasting The Net is.gd Tom Loosemore, Helen Milner, Matthew D’Acona on the future of online 


“Wired Editor Caught Copying And Pasting Wikipedia Into His New Book” www.businessinsider.com Chris Anderson. Free, as in lunch. Hugely entertaining.

Links to 4th June

Democracy, EU

EU elections: how to vote? What do the parties stand for? 

A tool which helps you decide from Unlock Democracy  www.votematch.co.uk

Open Rights Group survey: Do your MEP candidates care about digital rights? www.openrightsgroup.org

Open Rights Group: MEP survey results and contact info euelection.openrightsgroup.org

Democracy, UK

UK Hansard survey: how do you use the net to connect with your MP or Parliament? ow.ly

Freedom of Information

Full Text Book: Freedom of information: a comparative legal survey (2nd Edition) www.resourceshelf.com

Information design

Sidenote from @arc90 lab.arc90.com used to fully annotate Moby Dick www.powermobydick.com

OU podcast where Tony Hirst discusses WriteToReply: cands.open.ac.uk


Is Twitter dominated by men? www.guardian.co.uk

New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets http://bit.ly/1Gs40W


OUT-LAW: Copyright treaty backing e-books for disabled readers survives US and EU resistance www.out-law.com

Harvard Business School working paper: File Sharing and Copyright http://bit.ly/KSHL9

Privacy, data collection

KnowPrivacy: The Current State of Web Privacy, Data Collection, and Information Sharing www.docuticker.com


Google Tracks Users Visting 92% of the Top 100 Websites www.theregister.co.uk

Google Squared is now live — try it out for yourself googleblog.blogspot.com


“YouTube holds out after UK body drops music streaming fees” arstechnica.com

Guardian: How Last.fm is thinking outside the jewel case http://bit.ly/183EEm

Digital Britain

FT: Media chiefs urge tougher action on internet piracy. ISPs to enforce traxfer.ft.com



SoundExchange and NAB agreement

Radio and Internet Newsletter reports

SoundExchange and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have reached an agreement on webcast royalties for commercial broadcasters’ simulcast and Internet-only online streams.
NAB members get a discount for 2009-10 on rates previously announced by the Copyright Review Board. Rates increase @ 10% a year thereafter.

Some background: The NAB represents traditional over-the-air commercial radio stations. Increasingly they offer internet streams as well. NAB have opposed attempts to introduce royalty payments for broadcasting music (such as we have in the UK).
The March 2007 CRB ruling gave FM radio and Sirius XM lower royalty rates than internet radio.

No news yet on Small Commercial Webcasters or Digital Media Association (DIMA) whose members include Yahoo, Real networks, Live 365 and Pandora.

It’s like that

“It’s like that
… and that’s the way it is.” RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins

Radio news

Requiem for satellite radio

The New York Times says Sirius XM is preparing for possible bankruptcy

‘A bankruptcy would make Sirius XM one of the largest casualties of the credit squeeze. With over $5 billion in assets, it would be the second-largest Chapter 11 filing so far this year, according to Capital IQ.’ www.nytimes.com

Was it only a year ago …

March 2008
‘Justice Dept. Approves XM Merger With Sirius

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department gave approval on Monday to the merger of two rival radio networks, XM and Sirius, a marriage that would create a de facto monopoly in satellite services now used by more than 17 million subscribers.’ www.nytimes.com

For UK and European readers: satellite radio is digital but the delivery technology is different from DAB. Wikipedia Sirius XM

Both satellite and DAB are loosing the battle for music listeners to internet radio. Better audio quality, infinite choice of stations, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, global reach. Usually free to use and free of ads. Listeners choose the better radio experience, if it is available.
In the UK and Europe we have to be concerned about a similar lobbying process, where an existing industry faction influences the legislature to protect their interests and hobble the new media competition.
In the UK DAB radio occupies the same position as satellite in the US, although with BBC as well as commercial backing.

Google are pulling out of terrestrial radio advertising

Google ends selling radio ads. 3 weeks ago Google exited the print ad market.

Will continue to invest in selling TV advertising, internet radio
‘Instead we will use our technology to develop Internet-based solutions that will deliver relevant ads for online streaming audio.’ Google blog.

Meanwhile, the future of music radio, in the US at least, will be shaped by negotiations between SoundExchange and internet radio broadcasters to set royalty rates for 2006-2010 (yes, mostly retrospective) and 20011-2015.
The October 2008 Webcaster Settlement Act, previous coverage on this blog here,
set a deadline of February 15th.

That would be Sunday the 15th. At close of business on Friday 13th Kurt Hanson’s Radio and Internet Newsletter reports

“Nothing has been heard as of yet from the Digital Media Association (DiMA), from the NAB, or from Small Commercial Webcasters concerning an agreement with SoundExchange.
This past week, SoundExchange sent out what they called the “Small Commercial Webcaster Settlement Agreement.
The so-called “agreement” would require webcasters to give up a variety of rights to qualify for royalty rates essentially the same as those in 2002’s Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA). Provisions include barring all agreeing webcasters from CRB proceedings to determine royalty rates for 2011-2015, setting an annual revenue cap of $1.25 million, and requiring larger companies purchasing a small webcaster to pay royalties retroactive to 2006 under the CRB-set royalty rate.”

RAIN 02/13

Internet radio listening continues steady growth and continues to draw listeners away from terrestrial radio. Sirius XM, for example.
See the graph at Weekly online radio audience at an all-time high

RAIN 02/02

Throw in some metrics for the exponential growth of listening on iPhone and Google G1 (Pandora, Last FM).
Wired 5 ways the cellphone will change how you listen to music

and it is clear that we are at a Schumpeterian moment for the music and radio industries.

To summarise:

Sirius XM prepares for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. There are layoffs throughout the AM/FM radio business in the US as advertising revenues fall off a cliff.

Technology players like Apple and Google know the future is in internet radio delivered over wireless to personal devices like iPhone and G1. Crucially, the technology players don’t trouble themselves with content and royalties … until they are in a strong position to negotiate with rights holders. Google can make money from search, playlists, ads, to the device in your pocket. It’s going to be personal.

Smaller webcasters have developed audiences and musicians through a focus on music and diversity, not advertising and limited playlists. They built this market.

Their fate in the US will be determined by negotiations which are, presumably, happening now. These negotiations will occur without public scrutiny or the participation of small webcasters: they don’t keep lobbyists in Washington.

Creative destruction: the old media companies are being eliminated, the industry re-structures, the new players position themselves for the next profit opportunity.
And what of music as popular culture, rather than a commodity or profiling opportunity for marketers? Who looks after the public interest?

For UK listeners and readers looking for a policy which values culture and innovation as well as property rights, it is hoped that Stephen (Lord) Carter will be listening to feedback on the Digital Britain report from new media creators and users as well as incumbent industry interests.

Otherwise It’s like that … and that’s the way it is.

Lyrics and listen YouTube

Lyrics www.sing365.com

Simson to Pandora ‘put ads in the stream’

Interview with John Simson, head of SoundExchange, the US organisation responsible for collecting royalties for music performed via non-terrestrial radio (web, satellite) and distributing those royalties to artists.

Context: in the US terrestrial radio broadcasters over AM and FM pay nothing in performance royalties (unlike the UK). Satellite radio stations XM and Sirius pay a percentage of revenue at about 6 or 7%. (Digital radio, via satellite. A different technology than DAB in Europe) Wikipedia: Satellite radio

SoundExchange reject a percentage of revenue model for webcasters and, following the CRB ruling, are seeking per-track revenues at rates which will put many webcasters out of business. Pandora would pay 70% of revenue. Previous coverage on this blog here. For others, royalty costs would exceed their revenues.

John Simson interview: webcasting and the future of radio

Video, 11 minutes