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Feeling guilty about listening to online radio

by mikeburek / July 17, 2007 3:57 PM PDT

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.

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Not feeling guilty
by Taegugki / July 17, 2007 4:39 PM PDT

When I first came to South Korea 6 years ago, Yahoo,, 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!

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Guilty? Not at all.
by IMVTJON / July 18, 2007 11:21 PM PDT

If the record companies had had their way, there would never have been terrestrial radio either, as it was supposed to kill the music business.

How can you feel guilty about finding and buying new music. If the stations don't want to broadcast, the biggest losers will be the artists and record companies, as usual.


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Onlline Radio was never free
by nutjob / July 19, 2007 2:28 AM PDT

Peopel just did not pay for it. BTW, I do not feel guilty. If you want to feel less guilty listen to online radio from foreign countries like Poland, Thailand, South Africa, or Brazil.

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Don't feel guilty
by bol_reality_check / July 19, 2007 3:00 AM PDT

It's the online radio companies mess if they have to pay huge fees. No one is forcing them to offer up the service.

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Nope. Music should be free...
by kwahhn / July 19, 2007 4:06 AM PDT

and musicians should be severely impoverished and only being doing it because of their passion and love for the entertainment industry and not some corporate scoundrels trying to make money pushing out crap.

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