American Pie

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:55:44 -0800

Whitehead? There you have to go and spoil the party. Sony announced
news today for download pricing of music [1], and the FCC decision
to go after pirate radio broadcasting is sure to force more onto
the net. [2]


The day they figure out a way to charge for mp3's and control
the distribution is the day music will die.


Jim Whitehead wrote:
> Well, I feel like I'm the last person on planet Earth to download WinAmp and
> tune into a Shoutcast radio station, but I did this morning, and I have to
> say it totally rocked!
> Yeah, shoutcast still has a ways to go before it is as technically
> sophisticated as the RealPlayer -- there needs to be better feedback on how
> skippy a station will be, and the servers should be able to choke back on
> their output for slower connections, but when you get a really good station,
> it's bliss.
> I wonder if there will be some serious fallout over IPR reimbursement with
> these shoutcast stations. I forget exactly how it works, but radio stations
> in the US pay royalties to ASCAP (or some kind of clearinghouse
> organization). I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I'll bet that
> shoutcast stations aren't doing this. Since most shoutcast stations niecly
> have their playlist online, one would think a royalty collection agency
> could write a robot to collect the playlist for a week or two, then send an
> itemized bill. The longer you play, the larger your liability...
> - Jim
> > My friend Tom is running his own Internet radio station. It absolutely is
> > *THE BEST* music station that I have heard in a loooooooong time.
> >
> > --wsmf shoutcast radio-<Open 24/7>--
> >
> > You need WinAmp and a PeeC
> >
> > You paste the IP address into WinAmp and connect. It alone was worth the
> > price of building Darkside.