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Recording Industry Says AM-FM Radio is Piracy

Do You Still Listen to the Radio?

I have to admit that I'm not an avid radio listener like I used to be. Since I don't have a car, it really cuts down on the opportunity, plus it's just not necessary to sit through commercials and the same songs every hour when I can pick and choose tracks I want, and upload a playlist to my iPod.

So when I heard news that the recording industry is claiming that AM-FM radio broadcasts are a form of piracy, and they should pay a tax for each spin of an artist's track, I wasn't surprised. With floundering CD sales, I imagine they'd panic and try to get revenue any way they can. Sure, the radio offers a free listen, but seriously, where would popular artists be without the mass exposure of the radio?

I think the recording industry might be biting themselves in the foot here, but it did make me wonder — do you still listen to the radio, or do you get the majority of your tunes from your iPod/MP3 player and Internet Radio these days?


jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I listen to the radio at work, sometimes in the car when I can't find anything on the pod or xm, and usually while outside (yardwork, bbq's, get togethers) I listen to the pod in the house or tune the tv to a video channel.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
At work and at home it's XM, but in the car it's usually NPR or KFI (AM radio)
ellazmarie ellazmarie 9 years
I always have NPR on my car radio. but when i go out of town its either ipod or books on cd.
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
Only in the car
Lindaloo52 Lindaloo52 9 years
I listen to both the radio and my Ipod, I love music.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
In the morning, I usually switch between Balthazar and Maria, Sarah and No Name, and the Woody Show. When I am at home, it's all itunes all the time!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
"biting themselves in the foot" ?! I've never heard that phrase! Did you mean, "biting the hand that feeds them" or "shooting themselves in the foot"? ;) I think they're doing both. Although, they could alse be "putting their foot in the mouth" by making this claim, and it may "come back to bite them." Isn't the English language fun? :)
jopperma jopperma 9 years
I listen to the radio during the commute in my car. I have never been much for talking on the radio but now I really do love the morning show on Y98 in St. Louis. They totally crack me up and it is nice to have a laugh on the way to work!
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 9 years
I like to listen to the morning shows in my car, but I rarely drive to class/work because I like VERY close to the university. Only if its bad weather. Other than that, I'll occasionally flip the radio on if I am momentarily sick of "my" music.
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 9 years
It's funny, now that I have XM in my car, I only listen to the radio at work. Sometimes, I don't even listened to it them. I play my MP3 player.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
I thought that bands have been getting money when their song was played on the radio. Hm. I listen to the radio in my car all the time. We just got a new surround sound system, so we hooked up our old receiver and 2 speakers in the dining room. It's kind of nice to have the radio on while I'm cooking, cleaning, or having dinner. During the day, though, I usually listen to internet radio or my own MP3 collection at work.
Zaianne Zaianne 9 years
I listen to the radio at work actually, but only a certain station in London England. I listen to the online streaming at They just play the best tunes. And they usually play tracks from the bands I love before anyone else. XFM just rocks.
Purly Purly 9 years
I listen to NPR in my car because my old tape deck is broken and I'm waiting for the next generation of vehicles to come out before I invest in a new car. If I could, I would listen to in my car, not old fuddy duddies talking about foreign stuff. All of the other radio stations in CT give me a headache. I don't know who picks out the trash they put on the air these days.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I sometimes listen to the radio @ work, but every other time I listen to my iPod or iTunes @ home or in the car. I have 1550 songs so far (ALL from CD's no illegal downloading) and I love each one :)
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I never do, but oddly enough, today I did. Sick of my cds in my car right now.
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
I do both! but I usually only listen to radio when I'm in the shower or on the road (when I forget my ipod fm transmitter). When I'm away at school I like to listen to Whoopi's morning show and I like listening to the local dj's from my town (they are so funny)and it streams online so its kinda like I'm at home but I'm over 1000 miles away! I don't really listen to the music just the conversations they have! :)
monday monday 9 years
i listen to the radio in the car, while on public transportation or whenecer i have to wait in line and dont have my ipod.
scissorz scissorz 9 years
XM! i got it in my car and i am so into it. there is a punk rock channel and the first time i turned it on i heard nofx and then operation ivy its the best
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I rarely listen to the radio. It seems like radio is tons of commercials and then the same 10-15 songs over and over.
rachi99 rachi99 9 years
90% of my music listening time is spent on my ipod. The other 10% I spend listening to the local NPR station. They proved me with my traffic, weather, and news fixes, not to mention some excellent classical programming (since my classical library has only a small presence on my ipod). We used to have XM radio, which I would use for Bob Edwards and MLB games, but we didn't use it often enough to justify the expense.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
Does satellite radio count? I listen to Sirius most of the time while driving for music and also traffic updates. I also listen to news. But at home, I'm either listening on the music channels on TV or if I am online, I listen to Pandora or my playlists in Imeem
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I download podcasts for my favourite shows from the BBC. ;p
dezzydezi dezzydezi 9 years
The only time i listen to the radio is in the car. Anywhere else i use my ipod
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Always listen to the radio in the car!
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
You said it in the first paragraph -- too many commercials and the same songs over and over!!! I dread when I have to listen to the radio..I usually put in cd's, play my iPod, or listen to's truly great :)
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