Monday, April 16, 2007

D.C. Policy Day is almost here

It's a bit of an understatement to say technology is having a huge impact on the music industry. Anyone remember those things called CDs? Sure, I'm being a little facetious, but music downloads, H.D. radio, DRM, net neutrality, and a range of other technologies are fundamentally changing the way we get, listen and make our music.

The Future of Music Coalition is jumping into this fray with "The Technology and IP Policy Day." The May 2 event will feature Microsoft, BMI, Pandora, XM, the U.S. Copyright Office, R.E.M. advisor Bertis Downs and other top experts debating about what all this change means, and how it will impact the industry. The experts will discuss the shake up in the satellite and terrestrial radio market, the battle over net neutrality, and the impact of a whole gaggle of new music downloading services. It's safe to say there has never been a more interesting time to discuss the intersection of music and technology.

Here's the really great part: the conference is cheap! Go here to register.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

“Sirius, XM, and HD: Consumer interest reality check”

“While interest in satellite radio is diminishing, interest in HD shows no signs of a pulse.”

"Is Pay-for-Play HD Content on Horizon?"

"HD Radio Effort Undermined by Weak Tuners in Expensive Radios"

“HD Radio on the Offense”

“But after an investigation of HD Radio units, the stations playing HD, and the company that owns the technology; and some interviews with the wonks in DC, it looks like HD Radio is a high-level corporate scam, a huge carny shill.”

"The FCC Tunes Into HD Radio--And May Turn Off Distant AM"

“RW Opinion: Rethinking AM’s future”

“Making AM-HD work well as a long-term investment is seen as an expensive and risky challenge for most stations and their owners. There is the significant downside of potential new interference to some of their own AM analog listeners as well as listeners of adjacent-channel stations.”

The FCC has just given away our free airwaves to a few corporate thugs, including iBiquity Digital Corporation. This whole setup is just to the advantage of the HD Radio Alliance, as they own most of the 1,200 stations broadcasting in HD - the small mom-and-pop stations have lost coverage and will probably disappear. This FCC sole-source, non-competitive contract award to iBiquity is totally outrageous. The FCC has left it up to the marketplace, to determine the fate of HD Radio.