Jonathan Potts can't get worked up over the payola "scandal", even though it even touches the local radio market.

For anyone who agrees that record companies should be able to bribe radio stations, I offer the following proposition: Let's create a genuinely open market for music. Record companies can pay radio stations what that market will bear. Consumers who don't like what they hear via broadcast can rip, mix, burn, and share (via P2P) whatever they can get their hands on. Let Beck soar and let Celine crash and burn. Deal?


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