I haven’t listened to over the air radio in years. Because of the ads. And because I don’t have to. There are about a million better ways to get the music you want, without the extra annoyances. Like iPods, iPhones, Pandora, CD-Rs, XM radio, singing, beating two sticks together, farting. Anything.
In fact, I wouldn’t listen to over the air radio if they tried to make me. Which is exactly what the National Association of Broadcasters and the empty-bag holding, cat mourning RIAA want to try to do. Every time I start to think the RIAA has finally begun to grasp the inevitable fact that it cannot stuff the digitally downloadable cat back into the bag, it does something even more desperate than suing dead grannies.
Like, say, trying to get Congress to require that all mobile devices contain FM radio receivers. So we can have more music choices. Riiight. They’re trying to do me a favor. How nice.
If this happens, I’ll renounce my US citizenship, burn all of my CDs and cut off my ears. Seriously, has there ever been a worse idea?
We can’t just let this drop. We have to humiliate the people who came up with this harebrained scheme as a warning to ensure that other people with similar thoughts keep their bright ideas to themselves.
Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association sums it up well:
The backroom scheme of the [National Association of Broadcasters] and RIAA to have Congress mandate broadcast radios in portable devices, including mobile phones, is the height of absurdity. Such a move is not in our national interest. Rather than adapt to the digital marketplace, NAB and RIAA act like buggy-whip industries that refuse to innovate and seek to impose penalties on those that do.
These organizations need to realize that their business model is dying, and nothing is going to save it. We need to tell them to either evolve or die. And if they don’t want to evolve, to hurry up and die.