Sirius XM, Pandora, all of those guys. Who knew?
I don't pay money to listen to the radio unless you count online only stations.
10 years ago was 2008. Music-sharing websites were hot by then. Music streaming wasn't all that new either.
The very first was the Internet Underground Music Archive, in January 1993, though it was rather for unsigned music artists to share music, communicate with audience, and distrubte music to fans whilst avoiding labels. This was a good model for exposure back then. Last.fm is one of the longest surviving music-sites, with its birth in January 2002.
Pandora got its start as a company in 2000, and launched its first freemium streaming radio in September 2005, as being one of the first subscription-based models, though you can listen for free with ads as any other. Spotify also got its start in late 2008.
Other than those, you had Grooveshark, which recently died completely. A shame, because it was entirely free and its library was contributed by the community, which probably pissed off a lot of record labels, because it also was ad-free too. Because of completely free-music sites, and piracy-concerns, it's a lot tougher to get radio for free these days.
One thing hasn't changed, is that AM/FM radio is still more commercials than music. :P
Nope! But I never thought we would have to pay to watch TV either! Everybody's gotta make some bucks!
I forgot about that. That's funny, I remember when there was no such thing as cable tv, but it's so every day now that I completely forgot it.
Yeah and $2.25 for a pack of Zig Zags!
I'm paying 10.99 € per month for Netflix.
Also paying 19.99 € per month for a HD channel package, which includes Eurosport.
Now, who is the idiot here? Oye. Great going.
I wouldn't have believed I would pay money for TV! [Yes, I am that old.]
I wouldn't have believed it and I don't pay for radio.
I don't listen to much radio..so the free radio is fine with me..
They constantly send me offers for lower prices...In the snail mail.
I crumble them up and throw them in the trash with the cruise advertisements I get every week..
Yep...those and life insurance ads.
I don't have that much of life to insure.
My friend had satellite radio 10 years ago, and I thought it was kind of cool because there was such a huge variety, but I wasn't, and I'm still not interested in paying for what I can get for free. AM and FM is also a lot more convenient.
Because I don't.
What gripes me is having to pay money to get my own money in my hand.
The concept of commercial radio was considered insane right from the start. People said "Who is going to pay for a message sent to no one in particular?"
Investment advisers made a lot of predictions that seemed totally wonky at the time, such as paying three US dollars for a drink of clean water.
The only change in investment advice is that now the verbs are in present tense instead of future tense.