music in a podcast

Published Categorized as music, podcasting, radio

ABC national radio has an intro disclaimer on the start of a music podcast [rss] that explains that songs ARE shortened to meet copyright demands but the intro goes on to explain that at a url provided has the whole show which can be heard with full songs ‘on demand’.

At a recent IIA event this issue came up by way of question to the speaker from RTÉ. Do the listening public understand or care or care to understand the difference between

1. live radio
2. live streaming radio
3. on demand (streaming) radio
4. podcasts

they want their radio!!! the difference between 3 & 4 is codec, quality and mobility of track. If you thought taping TOTP with a condenser microphone to non Dolby mono tape deck in 1980 was piracy, well you probably support the break down of 1 2 3& 4. You probably work for a national broadcaster or record company, and have not the solutions to round this square.

The time has come to not play their stuff if they don’t let you. Broadcasters have applied this stand off negotiating tactic before. Once or twice in the 80’s on Music Video on TV and once in the mid ’90s on streamed audio over the internet. On Music Video I think over the two legs of the fight the result was a draw. On the streaming radio issue in the ’90s the radio stations won without much of a fight. BTW radio measurement better start looking at podcasts, as the occupiers of the iTunes flawed measurement top 20 list in Ireland are leaking listeners to podcast! think ‘nob nation‘.

Time has come to put it to the copyright holders again. If you want us to play you lets us. If you don’t we wont.

ABC National & NPR seem to have similar approaches to music in section 4 podcasts. 60 seconds plus of song seems ok. If section 3 streams can be trans coded and section 2 streams auto recorded to hard disk why sure somebody will go to the bother of time coding the podcasts and use them to pirate the tracks. I just hope the podcasters of today talk a little less ‘up to the CRASH’ of an intro on songs unlike Jimmy Saville did in 1980 on lo-fi recordings on a C60 BASF I treasure as my pirate past. I poke fun, C60 wasn’t piracy nor is music on podcasts, nor is taking music out of podcasts. its whats possible today and its all for personal use. Charging the recording owner again and again as formats change is just as dubious as what the recording industry call piracy.

As DRM is removed from music. Lets get the show on the road for music in podcasts.