Five ways to tell if your streamed music service is radio …or why Google’s All Access ISN’T “Radio without rules”!

The news this morning is that Google is launching a music streaming subscription service called Google Play Music All Access to compete with the likes of Spotify and Microsoft’s Xbox Music. Initially to launch in the US, the Android based service will soon be rolled out in the UK and other countries.

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POP POWER! Exploiting radio’s populism isn’t a sell-out…but it will help things sell out!

For reasons that aren’t worth explaining here, from time to time I find myself seeking out songs about radio. And on every occasion I am reminded that for every song extolling radio’s virtues, there is another with a slightly more tarnished or cynical view of the medium.

Maybe this is partly a generational issue. For example, both ‘Radio Radio’ by Elvis Costello and the Attractions and ‘Capital Radio One’ by The Clash attacked the music policy of contemporary radio stations which predominantly played mainstream chart hits but little, or no, punk music. The Ramones ploughed a similar furrow in ‘(Do you remember) Rock n Roll Radio?’ with the lyrics “We need change; we need it fast…’Cause lately it all sounds the same to me”. Read more on POP POWER! Exploiting radio’s populism isn’t a sell-out…but it will help things sell out!…