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Bob Bellin

Tim's email is even more disingenuous that it appears - although less radio focused than Fred suggests.

First, the new resolution regarding royalty rates will not allow Pandora to stream music for "years to come". Pandora (or any other webcaster with more than $1.25 mil in revenue) cannot make a profit under the new rates and they know it.

The current rates will not only kill any possible profit for webcasters, if they were universal to all ""radio" it would kill all "radio" because everyone would lose money.

So royalty parity would surely settle in at lower levels than currently exist for webcasters - meaning Pandora's rates would drop - and if Pandora's rates don't drop, they won't survive. My guess is that is the agenda behind Tim's e-mail - more than any death wish for terrestrial radio - although a performance royalty might carry the consequence.


Good for Tim! Personalized music services are the future of "radio". There is a huge difference between creating one's own personalized playlists with music discovery, versus being subject to canned playlists on broadcast radio. Plotting hdradio.com, iheartmusic.com versus pandora.com reveals the new music explosion:



Greg, you're a moron. While it may or may not be the future of radio to have personalized music services, you're still missing the point. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor - stop throwing a tantrum about radio and let the rest of us adults talk about adult subjects.

The kiddies table is calling you Greg...

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