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Internet Radio Dying a Painful Death

Chris Campbell

On June 20, 2002 my favourite Internet radio station, SomaFM went off the air. I'd first found them through iTunes in the Radio section. Their station "Secret Agent" played cool ambient music interspersed with clips from spy movies. I loved it and listened to it often. I also listened to their other stations. But in the US the Library of Congress made a decision that would mean stations would have to pay retroactive royalties for the past two years in addition to what they already pay to ASCAP and BMI. The Recording Industry Association of America are trying to squeeze as much revenue as possible as people seek out alternatives to the flavour-of-the-week backed by massive marketing budgets and cross-owned media giants.