What about internet radio?

Are becoming less radio stations that broadcast music from cyberspace. This is the main conclusion of a study conducted by the U.S. company BRS Media (www.brsmedia.fm), which shows that the number of webcasters (or online radio stations) has fallen 31% over last year. This decline means that 5 thousand 710 stations that were in 2001, was 940 to 3 thousand in September 2002.

With the development of the Internet, create an online radio station can be a very simple, requiring minimal investment.

This facility enabled thousands of stations to launch its own Internet music programming to the network, without caring much for the payment of royalties to the industry. However, this changed after the initial surge of litigation arising from the fees for transmitting music from cyberspace.

The cause of the decline reported by BRS Media is due to the decision of the Copyright Office of United States, determined that the payment of 0.07 cents on the dollar every time an Internet user listens to a song (copyright.gov/

carp / webcasting_rates.html). Many ciberemisoras not be allowed this expense and have been forced to close.

As a result of the new legislation, most of the radios in 2002 were missing Americans. Due to the new rate, nearly one thousand stations in the country have had to close.

Represent 60% of the global market for webcasters in the past year, Americans now have less than 50%, if its laws are not changed, the number of stations forced to close will continue to increase.

This situation opens up opportunities for the stations of other countries to exploit the vacuum left since the law only applies to companies resident in the United States.

Interestingly, the high mortality of webcasters is accompanied by an increase in the number of ciberescuchas worldwide. In this sense, MeasureCast (measurecast.com), a company specializing in audience analysis of online radio, recorded in their monthly reports a continued increase in the number of listeners, and the hours spent listening Radio on the Internet.

The time spent by Internet users to enjoy the radio in cyberspace has increased 145% since January this year, and 717% from January 2001. This spectacular growth is partly explained by the increased availability of broadband services, which involve a fixed payment.

Jazz FM in London is the radio station most listened to online on the Web, with a recent audience of 243 thousand 687 people.

The second largest is Virgin Radio (virginradio.co.uk / index.html), also in London.

K-LOVE (klove.com), contemporary Christian music, MusicMatch (musicmatch.com) and ESPN Radio (espnradio.espn.go.com / espnradio / index) took the following three positions.