When I first came to South Korea 6 years ago, Yahoo, Naver.com, and other online sites had internet radio, since there's no iTunes stores here and American CD cost 20 to 25 bucks per, I was able to keep up with music. Now Yahoo no longer has a music section here, iTunes store is not available here, and if I want to buy a song, it's about 500 won (about 47 cents US) per track, but it can only be played on their proprietary player. With lack of access, they wonder why there's piracy here?????
I would be willing to pay if only I can have the access!
Anyone feeling a little bit guilty about listening to internet radio now that a price has been put on it? It used to be "free." But now I realize how much it is costing. I try to remember to click on any ads I see to help out. And I'm trying to buy iTunes music through Pandora. But now I feel like a bit of a moocher.
Internet radio is great because how else do you find new bands? Before internet radio, I would just pick a random word, do a P2P search, and download everything that came up. I've bought a few CDs and digital downloads from new bands that I've found - so people actually got paid because of my piracy. Now with internet radio, it's much easier and less time consuming to find new bands, and just an easy way to listen on different computers without "lugging" music around.