@Rockonomic: Comparing Apples to Webcasters

Now that some version of Apple’s iRadio contract terms are available online, we can begin to do some comparisons between the effective rates contained in these terms and those  rates paid by Webcasters. In this post, I will (eventually) present some simple tables that adjust Webcaster rates to account for certain affordances in the Apple iRadio contract — specifically those terms through which a stream on iRadio would not trigger a royalty obligation. What we’ll find is that because Webcasters have to pay performance royalties for skipped tracks, while iRadio will not (for the first six tracks skipped), these Webcasters may pay more for music than most people may realize.

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