Language is very dynamic and is constantly changing. I am reminded that the term "Hispanic" meant, until the late 70's, a person from the former Roman province of Hispania on the Iberian peninsula. Now, with the influence of the OMB and the Census Bureau, it means anyone with a heritage involving the use of Spanish or from a nation where Spanish is the dominant language.
Your generation is showing. Pandora calls itself "Internet Radio" and about 50% of the US population has registered, and about a third teens and young adults listen very regularly. In my experience, all their users call it "radio". Of course, listeners to terrestrial station streams are listening to the radio because those streams are definitely radio station originated.My Moto 2 actually does. Most others do not (or it is not enabled). If they are listening to the actual radio device within the phone then they are listening to broadcast radio. Otherwise they are listening to a data stream. When I ask my kids what they are listening to they will usually say "music" or "Pandora". I don't think they have ever said "radio" because they are not actually listening to a radio station.
As I said the words take on new meaning as the world changes. Pre-supersonic flight, there are incidents where "sound barrier" meant a very thick wall.
And the companies that own those brands have spent countless millions trying to make that point. And they have lost in public perception. Just as "give me a Coke" can really mean "give me a cola drink".The fact that people say "hand me a Kleenex" when they mean "hand me a tissue" doesn't make it true. Xerox is a brand name and not a verb substitute for "copy".
Words are not "accepted". They are dinamic. They morph. That is why reading Geoffrey Chaucer is very, very hard or next to impossible without extensive study or a glossary of terms from that era of English. Heck, nobody agreed on spelling until Samual Johnson edited his dictionary in 1755... a reading of which produces some very amusing contrasts with today's usage.Just as I will never understand "cash me osside" a Millennial will never alter the meaning of an accepted English word because they don't understand it. Their lack of an education does not redefine my language.
It seems likely that free streaming will be prevented by increasing costs, and paid streams and on-demand listening will prevail on the digital platform. Heck, I used to get TV for free and songs for less than a buck. Now I pay nearly $300 for cable and internet, and another $75 or so for satellite, Netflix, Slacker, Hulu and other on-demand and streaming entertainment add-ons. Things change. Folks in Montana used to listen in droves to the Opry on WSM 650 but today they don't.And they won't as long as the law doesn't permit it. Eventually the politicians will be bought off and the law will be changed or the streaming investors will tire of losing money and the company will fold. And if they fold will the youth of the day return to OTA radio? Not likely.
Pandora has a chance of making money with the paywall. Slacker is approaching profitability with a paywall. They can add the economies of scale, as paid streaming can get licences for worldwide coverage. Netflix and Hulu are the models, not the Red and Blue networks.I concur. And that pretty much means the law will not change and the streamers will fold their tents and slink away under the cover of darkness. The only other alternative is that the streamers will erect their own paywall but I don't see that happening with the current technology. XM/Sirius provide wide area coverage. No such thing in streamer land.