I’ve been pretty disgusted and embarrassed by the recent “Mandate FM Chips in Cell-phones” issue.
Disgusted by the industry heads who proposed and work towards making it happen.
Embarrassed by my radio peers who justify it. You know who you are. Shame on you.
This Hypebot post nails it:
If you’re in radio, the current plan seems to be to avoid innovation and creative destruction at all costs by mandating an entire industry that you don’t control or have any say over to install FM radio receivers in every single device that they oversee just so you can expand your market share and somehow cushion the blow of all the licensing fees that you have avoided paying for decades.
Yet, every single music startup online has been nailed to the wall with such exuberant charges that they can barely afford to keep the monthly Internet and electric bills paid.
In an alternative reality, had tech startups been able to circumvent those fees in the way that radio has maybe the social ecology of music culture online would have likely evolved to a point where the idea of listening to two talking boxes blab on about Paris Hilton’s latest public screw up between two overly produced songs and three brain-dead commercials about banking and life insurance plans would have lost all public interest by now.
The remainder of the post is a parody of 10 ways to use Government to save other aspects of the music business.
Of course – they’re all ridiculous.
But so is mandating FM chips in cell phones.