When I got digital cable a couple of months back, one of the things that sold me (aside from the SciFi channel) was the availability of forty channels of digital music content. Forty channels! That is so way cool! I thought it’d be like Spinner, where they’d have a big variety of all sorts of interesting tunes, and I could select to my taste, and I could pump it through my (still theoretical) Dolby 5.1 system, and have good music on tap in the living room…
What the cable company (cox) neglected to mention was that the forty channels could be described as the worst of commercial radio. Here is a listing of the kind of thing they’re offering; the most watered-down version possible of a bunch of listless musical genres.
I guess it just frustrates me that this is a whole new pile of bandwidth, with a whole new group of listeners, and instead of trying anything at all innovative, they’re just duplicating what’s already available on the radio. Which, seeing as they’re not advertising-supported, is entirely unnecessary.
Does anybody here listen to the digital music channels? Is there anything good on them I’ve missed?
And… if you had a music channel to program… what would you want to hear?