Also curious: how is this "problem" not something that streaming services have as well? Streaming from music you own vs. streaming from music you "rent"... it's all streaming.
I imagine it's easier to get the rights to cache music you own than music you rent. For music you own, it's mostly just transcoding your library down to a lower bitrate.
Given that inordinate amount of bandwidth is already taken up by streaming video
Bandwidth used by Netflix and YouTube and the like is largely over fixed lines, such as fiber and cable. Music, on the other hand, is commonly streamed through a cellular last mile, whose carriers tend to charge far more per gigabyte than a wired ISP.
Some law states the max square footage you are allowed to play a radio?
Yes, at least in Slashdot's home country. The bill was enacted as a rider to the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
If the cited trend in this article is true, perhaps young listeners might learn of the majesty of Beethoven, the emotion of Tchaikovsky, the joy of Gershwin.
Ludwig van Beethoven and Piotr Tchaikovsky yes, George Gershwin no. Along with The Walt Disney Company, Gershwin's estate was one of the biggest lobbying forces behind the Copyright Term Extension of 1998, the statute that initiated what some believe to be Congress's policy of "perpetual copyright on the installment plan". Gershwin's piece Rhapsody in Blue, first published in 1924, is perhaps the oldest famous piece of instrumental music still under copyright in the United States.
The advantage of streaming services was the "play-anywhere" ability, meaning you didn't need to worry about having a (backed up) iPod with you all the time, but Google Music (and to a lesser extent the Apple and Amazon competitors) has made that issue moot.
I don't see how that solves the problem if you have to download your songs to the device in order to use them while away from Wi-Fi without paying beaucoup bucks to the cellular carrier for a data plan (or a bigger one if you already have one).
Recently, one of the biggest changes in mainstream music was that the big labels stopped signing bands and started building bands. [...] one is getting a singer who is especially chosen because he/she can follow orders, lyrics specifically chosen to appeal to a certain market segment by the MBA types, and then form a band around that.
I'm not sure what definition of "recently" you're using, but that's been common since the Monkees if not earlier.
But these countries with sensible data plans also tend to have a smaller population.* In many cases, copyright owners charge a separate fee to license music for each territory. Even when the royalty structure doesn't have a minimum annual payment to deter small-time players, the legal costs of negotiating with a copyright owner's representative in each territory add up. I don't see how serving somewhere like Europe would necessarily scale the way it does in countries with hundreds of millions of people like USA.
* I didn't say density; I said population.
Humans will have music for as long as we can find something to bang on rhythmically.
Until humans get sued for banging on something rhythmically in the same way that someone else happens to already have banged on something rhythmically. See, for example, Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music and Three Boys Music v. Michael Bolton.
Then there's TV/Movies: the major labels are all affiliated with TV/movie studios, so the songs played on every teen-centric show are pretty strategically chosen.
Licensing music to small-budget films is one place where indie artists could undercut the majors. Clerks is notable for having spent more than half its budget on licensing music.
I have wondered if the increasing importance of the music video was in some way a collective response by the majors to keep costs high.
How better to counter that than to popularise the music video, an extra that serves as powerful promotion and still requires a substantial amount of money to do well?
Then why not just enlist people from the demoscene to make a video for a particular piece of music?
you could try it under a different operating system.
I imagine FreeBSD would have the same problem. Or were you referring to an operating system that I'd have to pay for?
My daughter and I are aspies, and I see no reason for a "cure."
Other than perhaps widespread discrimination by interviewers against people who show symptoms during the interview?