I would like to see the Music channels fade away, and Just make Pandora the option. But I know the Non HR customers would be upset
I would say bring Pandora to the regular HD set tops as well. But then again the people without high speed internet connected to their DirecTV system would be SOL.
The bandwidth it takes for all of the audio channels is pretty slim that savings from removing it would negate the revenue lost from commercial muisc packages or people going to other sat services for a round package that includes music.
With the MTV's of today's generation no longer playing music videos (Except for a small block on Palladia in the wee hours of the morning), having music available is a welcome addition to the lineup.
Sometimes its just easy to quick put a sonic tap station when doing things around the house.
We do sometimes search YouTube for music videos, but DirecTV (or YouTube not sure who) filters a lot of the sponsored music videos from VEVO. Many search results in live performances or covers. Thus, I'd love a VEVO app right on DirecTV so I don't have to go down in the Family room and watch it through xbox. Plus searching on YouTube is a pain. If only we could use a QWERTY keyboard through our phone or ipad to type in DirecTV's search screens. I haven't texted on a number pad since the days of the Nokia 6190 in late 90's early 2000's. It's like riding a bike, I can do it... but surely QWERTY would be more efficient.