Celebrate The Internet Radio Day of Freedom From Phil Collins Day!

Jun 26th, 2007 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Citizen Media, Digital Music, General

Internet-Radio-Day-Of-FreedomHundreds of U.S. commercial webcasters are going silent today, June 26, to protest to an impending royalty rate increase that could threaten their ability to make money broadcasting mainstream music.

Yahoo! is one of the Internet radio broadcasters that has announced that it is going silent: “Apologies to anyone who was hoping to listen to free LAUNCHcast today. We‚Äôre shutting down the Internet‚Äôs #1 radio service for the day to draw attention to the outrageous rates recently set by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, D.C.”

Our apologies to Yahoo!, Live365, RealNetworks, MTV, Pandora, and others that seem to think that this is the day that the music dies, but we’d like you to consider that this is also an Internet Radio Day of Freedom:

  • It’s a Day of Freedom from hearing Phil Collins singing Sussudio. It’s a Day of Freedom from hearing Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s soulful Ebony and Ivory. It’s a Day of Freedom from hearing Skyrockets in Flight…. Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band.
  • It’s a Day of Freedom from listening to Michael Bolton ask the question we really don’t want him to be asking, Can I Touch You There?
  • It’s a Day of Freedom from hearing the Black Eyed Peas singing that immortal line, “My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely lady lumps.”
  • It’s a Day of Freedom from the Academy Award-Winning Djay f/Shug track It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp. It’s a Day of Freedom from Laffy Taffy by D4L, and She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy by Kenny Chesney, and I’m In Love With A Stripper by T. Pain with Mike Jones, and the Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes.
  • It’s a Day of Freedom from hearing Achy Breaky Heart by both Billy Ray Cyrus and the plastic fish.

Fortunately for music fans, there are thousands of free music podcasts that feature great music that you can legally download and share over the Internet. We highlighted a collection of great music podcasts recently with our 31 Days of Free Music project.

It may be too expensive to play Phil Collins on Internet radio, but it’s still free to podcast some of the best music in the world. Here are a few podcasts you might want to check out while Yahoo! sits the day out:

There are thousands of other indie podcasters whose shows feature music that you won’t hear on mainstream radio because it’s not music that the music industry thinks it can make a lot of money with. But if you don’t find something you like, today would also be a great day to start your own free music podcast:

If there’s a terrible song that commercial radio plays to death that we missed, let us know in the comments. And if you have a great free music podcast, feel free to pimp it in the comments, too!

3 Responses to “Celebrate The Internet Radio Day of Freedom From Phil Collins Day!”

  1. MissPeter says:

    I am a podcaster and I went silent today. If they win with streaming radio then they will go after podcasting next.

  2. info says:


    Are you using any traditionally licensed music in your podcast? If so, they can already go after you, just like they go after anybody else that copies and shares music MP3s.

    On the other hand, if you’re using Creative Commons music, or other music that you can podcast legally, what the mainstream music industry wants shouldn’t be relevant to you.

    This isn’t the end of Internet radio. It’s contract negotiations between big media and the music industry.

    A lot of people are getting duped into fighting for additional government regulation that’s designed to legislate profits for big media companies. How does that help indie podcasters or musicians?

  3. I laughed until I stopped at the hilarious deconstruction of mainstream music – so true, the typical playlists and formats leave little to the imagination. But there are also very good major artists – I’ve been watching Glastonbury on the TV last weekend, loads of acts that everyone in normal land loves, which I woulnd’t normally lend an ear to, and actually, they were pretty good. Not that I’m ever going to be a Kaiser Chiefs fan, but you gotta hand it to Bjork, Paul Weller, The Killers.. and even Mika was a lot of fun.

    There’s way too much “them-and-us”-ism in music appreciation. What’s happening in the USA is a typical media land-grab and has little to do with whether ye olde famous artists are better than the new unknowns.

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