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Personalized Hold Music
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In the future, you'll happily stay on hold ot hear the end of a song.

Broadband ISPs would have a fairly easy time monitoring a given user's musical tastes. Through Gator-esque spyare apps, or simple packet sniffing, they coudl easily developa musical profile for your account.

These profiles are then sold to a company who maintains digital music channels (like Cable TV DMX) and provides these audio channels to companies that have huge phone trees. By linking your ISP customer record and your account at Service With Huge Phone Tree, the middle man music provider can make sure you are allways put on hold to a channel you will find least objectionable. It might not match your real MP3 Playlist, but it won't be musak Barry Manilow.

Mogwai, May 31 2003

Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/library/music.asp
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]

BMI - over 1/2 the songs on radio... http://bmi.com/lice...nhold%5Fanswers.asp
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]

ASCAP http://www.ascap.com/licensing/about.html
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]

SESAC Licensing http://sesac.com/licensing/licensing1.asp
[thumbwax, Oct 04 2004]


       Not really, UnaBubba. In the US now, businesses that play music on hold already have to make monthly payments to ASCAP for copyright licensing purposes. That would be no different for personalized music.
krelnik, May 31 2003

       I'll tell you what - if they truly personalized it, I'd call up just to be on hold.   

       "Thanks for calling American Express, snarfyguy. All of our representitives are busy serving other clients. Meanwhile, we invite you to listen to this unreleased Velvet Underground recording of "Waiting For my Man" from the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland Ohio, November 4, 1966.   

       "After that, stay tuned for rare unreleased demos from Black Flag, The Soft Machine and The Fall."   

snarfyguy, May 31 2003

       What should really happen is hold music should get together with iTunes (or some other service) and that way you could buy the music you hear. Then record companies could use it as advertising and keep it free for the rest of us.
mattgrosso, May 07 2006


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