In a one-two punch that the RIAA threw at Internet radio last week, a semi-secret quasi-government agency/court, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) announced that it would more than double the rates for streaming radio over the Internet. This proposed change in royalties would shut down many small streamers that provide a diverse selection of music streams like Pandora. This action prompted an unlikely coalition of broadcasters like Clear Channel Communications and NPR to band with streaming Internet radio providers to oppose the ruling.
I have enjoyed Internet radio for years because it provides the ability to listen to music that I like when I like instead of the preprogrammed pabulum served up on commercial radio. If you enjoy listening to APM programs like Marketplace or services like Pandora, click on over to Save Our Internet Radio and find out what you can do to protest this move by the RIAA.