Raghav Gupta writes: "Om Malik thinks online radio's time has come. And gone. He's wrong. ¶ I've never met Om but his blog is one of my must-reads for all things broadband and I respect his opinions though I don't necessarily always agree with them. His argument is 3-fold:
1. People won't spend money for online radio, especially with all of the subscription services around, which will make it unnecessary because you can mass customize what you want.
2. Most radio listening is done in the car and satellite provides a compelling alternative. Also, radio content stored on ipods will be hooked up to cars.
3. It won't be offered at work due to bandwidth throttling by IT managers.
Actually, I think the issue is partially a semantic one. Streaming, podcasting, satellite, analog and digital broadcdasting are all distribution technologies for audio content. As a consumer, I don't really care what technology is behind the curtain, as long as the value it brings me is worth what I pay for it (whether it's via my time to listen to ads or my money to subscribe). ..." Link: Rags' Soapbox weblog. Om Malik's response and Gupta's continuation. --Dennis