Arrogant FM

Why do 2DayFM feel the need to speed up songs that they play?

I know there may be multiple answers to that, and without working within the station, we may only be able to guess: to make the songs more “listenable”, to make them fit a certain timeframe… others?

What makes me very annoyed is essentially their arrogance – what right do they think they have to alter an artist’s song just to meet their own criteria?

“Oh, this song is about 24 seconds too long… we’ll need to increase the BPM by about 2 or so to make it fit then.”

No! A musician or band has slaved over that song for days, hours, weeks, months! And 2DayFM reckon they know better?! Ultimately, I guess, in the name of more listeners, and thus, more money. People may argue that it’s such a minor speed increase that you don’t notice it (and I’ve heard it said that the speed increases are so minor, and so to most, just subliminal, but make you want to listen more, or something like that).

But it’s still a speed increase. Anyone who has listened to the song a few times as it was intended to be played should be able to notice it. I certainly did this evening when I heard it yet again. (I’ve heard it the very few times I’ve listened to 2DayFM, which worries me that it happens with nearly every second song.)

I guess for 2DayFM being a radio station isn’t about playing music anymore; it’s solely about making money and doing whatever is required to make that happen… no matter what.

You, 2DayFM, are arrogant, heartless, money-hungry scabs.

  1. Rollo’s avatar

    “I guess for 2DayFM being a radio station isn’t about playing music anymore; it’s solely about making money and doing whatever is required to make that happen… no matter what.”

    I’m surprised that it took you 29 years to work this out :D

    2Day like any other commercial radio station or indeed any other commercial entity has as its sole purpose, to make money. In the case of 2Day it does that either through advertising or by collecting “play bonuses” by the record companies for playing their music.

    If the average song is four and a half minutes, then by speeding them all up by 10% you can get another whole song (and ergo another bonus) to fit into the hour.

    Presumably the artist, even if they were around to hear it, probably doesn’t even own the copyright to their own songs, and as such can’t even legally protest when this sort of thing occurs.

  2. Howie’s avatar

    have you tried CD’s james?

  3. anonymous’s avatar

    Most of the top 40 rubbish on today FM is made no worse by speeding it up. A combination of Pink and Nickleback has forced off commercial radio forever. Long live triple J… now that’s music that’s been slaved over.

  4. Kev’s avatar

    I guess for 2DayFM being a radio station isn’t about playing music anymore; it’s solely about making money and doing whatever is required to make that happen… no matter what.

    That’s pretty much how all commercial radio is in the States, too. But speeding up a song to make it fit a certain time frame? That would annoy me to no end; it would likely also put the song in a higher key, right? We might as well go back to the days of cassette boom boxes, which were notorious for playing everything half a step or even a whole step sharp! (And if they managed to keep the same key, it seems like that would degrade the sound quality a bit.)

  5. radio listener’s avatar

    I totally agree with you!!!!! I absolutely HATE IT when radio stations pitch up music all because “they think” it sounds better. They have NO RIGHT to tamper with music artists material. This needs to be stopped with a national policy put in place for ALL commercial FM stations that they must NOT tamper with the music and play it the way the artists intended it to sound!

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