Over the past few weeks I’ve corresponded with literally thousands of internet radio listeners, most of them amazed that their calls actually made a difference. Well they did. Even the most entrenched industry can be resisted by a large and engaged public. To see your voice in action, see Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) speak forceably on the House floor in support of the Internet Radio Equality Act (IREA), which picked up 5 more co-sponsors this week (up to 139 and counting…).
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As you know, the enormous public pressure has propelled us into a supervised negotiation phase. This has begun gingerly, under the watchful eyes of the many representatives who’ve been moved to participation through your calls. We’ve begun a dialogue with SoundExchange to agree on a rate that is fair to both webcasters and artists.
It’s a difficult process, and your ongoing calls continue to make a HUGE difference. Make no mistake, it’s your efforts that initiated this negotiation, and it’s critical that the momentum continues with the Internet Radio Equality Act. To see if your representative has stepped up, see the official sponsor list. Many have yet to act in spite of a deluge of constituent phone calls. If you haven’t called yet, it’s not too late. Just visit savenetradio – all you need is to type in your zip code and you’ll get the contact info. It’s a quick call.
The IREA has both a version in the Senate (Bill# S1353) and House of Representatives (Bill# HR2060), so we’re seeking the support of both houses.
Thanks again, and stay tuned…
Tim (Founder)

Comments

  1. tom shewmaker
    August 20, 2007 at 9:58am
    thanks for this station and the good music
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  2. Jim
    August 21, 2007 at 5:58am
    Just wanted to say I love Pandora. I was in the Navy for 4 years, stationed in Japan for 3 and half of those. My Fiance and I would listen to all different kinds of internet radio. It was good because I could here new stuff coming out that I wouldn't have been exposed to in Japan, and my fiance was Japanese, so it was so much easier for her to find music she liked via internet radio, because she could grab the artist / album / song name. She liked what they were playing in the clubs there, but you can't go up to the DJ every song and ask him what he's playing. I have gone out and bought CD's of bands I've heard on internet radio. I love Pandora's format, and how you guys link similar artist and songs. I've been playing guitar for more than a decade, and I am still amazed at how you guys do it. I was kind of at loss when the internet radio menu from Windows Media Player disappeared, then I found Pandora, I would really hate to see Pandora disappear as well. Being a musician myself, I can see their point of view, and I feel for them, but I think internet radio helps sells CD's, because if the CD is good enough, people will buy it, I think that's in where the problem lies, most CD's only have 1 or 2 decent songs on them, and 1 or 2 songs is not worth the price of a CD. Anyways, I've rambled long enough, I just wanted to say I applaud you guys here at Pandora, and hope you guys can keep streaming free internet radio.
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  3. Marcia Bingham
    August 21, 2007 at 8:03am
    I am a new Pandora listener and I fell really excited about the music I hear on the site. It's a really intense mix of new and old music, whatever or whoever you want to listen to. I LOVE IT!!!!
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  4. Chris
    August 21, 2007 at 12:48pm
    Your streaming system - station - whatever it is, has whisked me away on a journey through trance unparalleled by anything I've heard before. To put it simply, Pandora is an eargasm! Thanks to everyone involved in creating this ingenious system, keep up the good work :D The music industry's behaviour concerning internet distribution has been absolutely disgraceful. Here's one example: my cousin, who's in the industry but not one of the parasites attempting to suck it dry, tells me that artists will see about an eighth of what you pay for a track at a certain popular online store. With the millions that must be made from online stores and the other various distribution methods, most of which involve depriving the artists, how in the hell can they demand sites like Pandora to cough up thousands more? (I've got my theories but I don't want this site in the hot water for my opinions.) I can only hope the issue is thrown open by governments of other countries sooner rather than later, as the site has at the time of writing now blocked access to listeners outside the US, except "in a few countries" (with DMCA-esque laws in place?). Finally, a note to the developers: surely it would be very easy for an international citizen to spoof a US zip code, which then gives anyone outside the States access to the services? Wouldn't this potentially violate some law or another? I suggest you look into this, we can't afford to lose such a revelation in music as yourselves.
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  5. Marcia
    August 21, 2007 at 2:54pm
    Tim, Have been listening to Pandora for a few years now. I am anxiously waiting to see what happens with legislation. I can't imagine not having feasible access to music I would never otherwise find. I would love to buy a system for bigger sound in the house. Thanks for all the hard work and best of luck.
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  6. Richard Foisel
    August 21, 2007 at 3:55pm
    How Dare you! Of all the thing's you say and support Edit and alter my word's the statement of the day before is a gross misrepresentation of my statement and I did share thoughs sentiment's till you so rudely changed my comment's SHAME on YOU and YOUR'S. SHAME PLEASE REMOVE MY VOUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OR CORECT YOUR MISSTATEMENT OF MY WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. Richard Foisel
    August 21, 2007 at 3:58pm
    As Before Fix it or remove my statement of support! Posted by: Rick Foisel at August 19, 2007 02:53 PM I love Pandora!!! i can just listen to music with no commercials! its Awesome! thanks! Is nothing like the message that I sent you!!! >:-[
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  8. Michael James
    August 21, 2007 at 6:42pm
    I didn't think it was possible for someone so close to the music industry, regardless of genre or demographic, to find much more new music, but I have, thanks to Pandora. Some of it is just older stuff from people I already like. However, some of it is brand new to me. This station is art unto itself and deeply appreciated. The only three albums that I have not seen here that I know exist are Beautiful Creatures debut on Warner Brothers, either of the Spread Eagle cds on MCA and the Sea Hags on Chrysalis. All four were five star reviews in Kerrang, just ill timed or marketed incorrectly. I'm certain Joe Leste would be the first to acknowledge the importance of timing.
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  9. J D
    August 21, 2007 at 7:16pm
    I just spent my birthday listening to Pandora.com and I must say it really makes any day that much better. I heard songs I would not hear anywhere else because the songs were from the 70s and it took me back to when I was a kid. It burns me to no end that groups of people want to control what people listen to by demanding ungodly amounts of money just to play them..... That form of mind control is despicable not to mention evil..... Keep up the great work!!!!
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  10. Dave Curtis
    August 21, 2007 at 10:12pm
    I sincerely hope, wish, genuflect, bow, salute, wink, and any number of respectful things that I can do to all of you that are making Pandora stay what it is. I hope my 2 cents helps as well. THANK YOU. Music is my life and I can't have Congress or the money suckers take that away. Rock on and on and on and on.
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