A few weeks ago, New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, triumphantly announced Sony BMG's agreement to quit exchanging money and goodies for radio airplay and to throw in $10 million to nonprofits by way of apology. The reaction from the music industry was a collective shrug and a hint of wounded entitlement. Payola, the music business likes to claim, is deplorable; it's just that everyone does it. And expensive gifts to radio programmers? That's about maintaining good relationships. Who doesn't like a... More >>>