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One track radio station

Radio station that plays one song over and over.
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The old radio stations have to buy a frequency to broadcast.

But now you can listen to radio online.

There is no limit to the number of radio stations. Every existing song has it's own station.

We can listen to our favourite music for free. Switch between stations if you want, make your own list.

It's not downloading illegally, it's not stealing, it's just broadcasting.

Should make for some interesting lawsuits.

zeno, May 17 2008

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       [-] Part of what makes a DJ useful is that he will appease us with the songs that he (or his radio station) likes. I get more enjoyment from the radio or at a party when the DJ plays songs that I like without having to request or think about which song that I want to hear. I get a big thrill out of hearing 9 to 10 songs back to back with 8+ of them being songs that I like.
Jscotty, May 17 2008

       I knew some guys in high school that wanted to start a radio station just to play "Institutionalized" by suicidal tendencies over and over again. They thought it would be especially funny to take requests for it, and do contests for the first person to call in after they heard the song... so on and such forth.
ye_river_xiv, May 18 2008

       In 1991, to announce their new Classic Rock format, radio station KLSK 104.1 (New Mexico) played Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" for 24 hours straight. Rumors persist that they never played anything else.
Amos Kito, May 18 2008

       Already baked in the form of Country and Western radio stations.
Cuit_au_Four, May 18 2008

       Interrrsting, but Pandora has already run into problems in this grey area.
wagster, May 18 2008

       Unless you own the song, you have to pay the owner to play a song online. So this doesn't solve anything. Maybe it's different in other countries, but in the US I've heard the rate is even higher than playing it over a radio.   

       Oh and since I lived thru "Blue Tuesday", MTV playing one song over and over for 24 hours, (yes, they used to play music) I'm also against this.
MisterQED, May 18 2008

       Commercial music, by definition, has to be paid for by someone. Finding "smart" ways of avoiding paying people to make commercially distributed music will lead to one of two things:   

       1. Commercially distributed music not being made anymore, or   

       2. Commercially distributed music costing more for those who pay for it, to compensate those who find a way around paying for it - not a very socially minded idea.   

       If you don't agree with the music industry charging you for their services, simply go to your local pub and listen to talented new musicians performing locally for free. For some reason though it seems to be socially acceptible to expect hard working talented people to donate their work for free, which I've never understood.
Fishrat, May 19 2008

       Oh, a local college radio did this and I have to tell you, after 24 hours of the same song... (oh no I don't have to tell you!)
I didn't listen for 24 hours straight, I just kept checking the station to see how long they would actually keep playing the same song. Generally, they played really good music.
xandram, May 19 2008

       //Commercially distributed music not being made anymore// I think this would be rather a good outcome, in so far as it would tend to undermine the phenomenon of celebrity (in the twentieth-century sense).
pertinax, May 19 2008

       Well, I guess. It depends whether you believe that commercial music acts as a catalyst for a new generation of original talent, or whether you feel it stifles the creativity of those who listen to it.
Fishrat, May 19 2008

       Having worked with a whole heap of talented bands with good songs who worked really hard and never got a penny in return, I am sceptical as to the benefits of the commercial music system. In effect, we seem to be paying the four majors a lot of money that they spend on paying themselves and marketing only the most potentially profitable artists.   

       The amount of money that ends up in the pockets of artists is tiny, and even then it all ends up with the top dogs. It's not a terrible system, it just doesn't seem to be providing the public with a decent choice of listening fodder or provide most artists with a living wage. The system does recompense shareholders on a consistent basis, which is why it exists. However, I for one am not really that bothered about the shareholders.
wagster, May 19 2008

       Ok, thanks for those great anno's.   

       It wouldn't be boring because you can skip from station to station or tell your computer to do so.   

       I have never heard of radio stations paying to broadcast songs, online or otherwise.   

       Yes the point is to make music free for the listener. But that doesn't mean I don't want musicians to not get payed. Indeed they work hard and deserve a reward. What we don't need however, is big music companies making more then the artists and those companies to bombard the market with shitty music. I know it's a matter of taste but ask the musicians and they will tell you they would rather be free to make waht they want instead of being controlled by a maffia type business.   

       Some smart musicians have already opted to distribute their music online, downloadable for a small fee. Or they put the music on the net for free and make maney from live performances.   

       I don't like the music business one bit and this idea is a step to overthrow it. If we cut out the middle man the listeners can do direct business with the musicians.   

       So after the music business has gone bankrupt, this idea can be abandoned.
zeno, May 19 2008

       Great link, can't stand rem.
zeno, May 19 2008

       // I have never heard of radio stations paying to broadcast songs, online or otherwise.   

       That's surprising. There was quite a bit about that in the news recently (well, okay, back in 2007) when the association that enforces the payment of fees from radio stations started to enforce that against online radio stations as well. (In the US.) The rate in 2010 will be about $0.0002, 1/50th of a cent, per song and listener.   

       I happily support sticking it to the Man by downloading music for free, though. It's so much more convenient than actual political activism would be.
jutta, May 19 2008

       UK radio stations are monitored by PRS, and they miss *nothing*. They once questioned a three day 24 hour music audit to my radio station because we didn't account for a random cymbol crash sound effect. And quite right too.   

       Now that we see product placement in films and TV, I wonder whether we'll ever have free music where James Blunt (for example) sings three incipid verses about emotion, and one verse about Coca Cola?
Fishrat, May 20 2008

       Enjoy the music but please keep in mind that musicians need to eat too. I'd like to see an internet music service where you can "tip the band" at the end of each song. If that hasn't been baked, it should be.
bneal27, May 20 2008

       Yeah, the micropayment model should be fairly well suited to internet radio.
wagster, May 20 2008

       So they pay to play. I didn't know. It's very illogical. If all stations stop playing madonna, her sales will drop. Madonna should pay stations to play her music.
zeno, May 20 2008

       Here in the states, it’s illegal to pay radio stations to play your music. If it weren’t, only giant record companies could afford to have their music played. Since the airwaves are technically public property, this would be unfair.   

       Of course, corruption is rampant, and they all do it anyway. That’s why commercial radio is mostly crap.
bneal27, May 20 2008


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