Pandora Correct In Wanting Level Playing Field For Internet Radio Music

I often listen to Pandora internet radio when working at the computer.  I can hear the music I want, when I want.  It was because of this website I set up a small sound system that runs off the computer to make Pandora’s music surround me as I type and surf the web.

I know there are countless others who also listen every day to the musical styling of their choice thanks to Pandora.

And we have some concerns.

I want to see—and I know other Pandora listeners would agree–the passage of the Internet Radio Fairness Act.   The bill number is 3609, for those who wish to contact federal officials over this matter.  There needs to be a leveling of the playing field when it comes to internet radio.

The bipartisan bill will correct the incredible inequity in how different digital radio formats are treated under the law when it comes to setting royalties. The difference is rather stark.

In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of their revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%.  I have Sirius in the car, and know the value of having such a service, but there should not be such a wide difference between them and Pandora.

The bottom line is why should free, ad-supported radio music be curtailed because technology has advanced to enable an innovative new platform and distribution channel?  That would be Pandora.

I want congress to act so consumers such as myself who enjoy new ways to listen to music using the latest technology can do so.  The laws need to be updated to ensure Pandora does not face discrimination for doing the same thing as Sirius  It is just wrong to assess different rates to different digital radio providers.

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