Pandora needs your help

Most of you who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Pandora. When coding on a project, Pandora is superb for providing a constant stream of quality Trance music. For those unfamiliar with the site, it’s a flash-based service that allows you to stream music based on your own personal tastes. You can add channels based on artist, song, or genre.

Pandora engineers (many are musicians themselves) have analyzed countless songs for musical properties that make every song unique. Rare, esoteric music can be played through Pandora, and it’s a natural way to discover new artists and genres. Their main service is a Web 2.0 site that plays music in your browser. Recently, Pandora launched an iPhone app that is highly-rated and one of the top 20 downloaded apps on Apple’s store.

So that’s great, and Pandora is an awesome service, but it needs your help. Music royalties for Internet radio usage are causing companies like Pandora to pay upwards of 70% of their yearly revenues in royalties. Legislation has been introduced so Internet radio services such as Pandora are fairly charged for streaming music, similar to the way in which traditional broadcast radio is structured. However, the legislation, H.R. 7084 The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, is being lobbied against by the National Association for Broadcasters (NAB). If you’re a fan of Pandora or Internet radio in general (as the bill affects all web casting services, not just Pandora), you should take the opportunity to call or write your congressman, asking their support for H.R. 7084. More information can be found on Pandora’s blog.

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