“Why did they persecute Alan Freed?” or “Payola, it ain’t dead.”

If you were naïve enough to think that payola no longer sullies the virtuous music business (OK you’re not that naïve) check out Labels Find New Method of Payola over on Slashdot. The bottom line: “while it is illegal to pay a radio station to play a song it is not illegal to play a song as an ad.” Much vociferous debate follows.