Way back when, I wrote about the future of radio (there was a Part Two as well), and I discussed how services like Pandora are opening up new ways to find cool new music. I also discussed some of the regulatory issues that make services like Pandora…frustrating. Let me quote from a Chicago Tribune article on the topic to remind of just a few:
As perfect as personalized radio sounds, there are limitations. Licensing prohibits sampling more than four songs by one artist in a three-hour period, and the sites can’t play songs on demand. There is also the issue of portability.
There were a few other issues mentioned in my original article as well — my challenge today is for us to spend some time using Pandora and report back on the good, the bad, and the “I can live with it” versus “That’s gonna make me crazy”.
I think services like Pandora provide a really beneficial service, but I also think the rules placed on listening to the service might be off-putting to users. But I was wrong once in 1989, and want to hear from others. To sweeten the deal, I’m going to draw a (random) name from the comments for a free Medialoper t-shirt. Also, the t-shirts are really cool and we want people to have them.