Kids want to listen to popular music. Parents, understandably, want their kids to be able to enjoy popular music, but at the same time, popular music can be awfully obscene (case and point: Music Times just listened to R. Kelly's "Cookies"). We know it's tough. Our own parents struggled mightily to keep us away from Rage Against The Machine in our youths. Disney has announced plans for a service that will find a healthy balance for both sides...hopefully.
DisneyMusic is a joint project between Disney Interactive, Radio Disney, Hollywood Records and VEVO. The latter service allows users to check out music videos from just about any musician, but the partnership with Disney will provide only "family-friendly" material. Disney representatives will sift through the VEVO's available clips and choose what fits the bill for DisneyMusic. The service will also offer access to Radio Disney, and offer exclusives from Hollywood Records artists such as Selena Gomez.
That doesn't mean your 14-year old has to listen nothing but Austin Mahone. The service will offer all the regular hits you'd expect to hear on Top 40 radio, granted the songs are appropriate of course. "Wrecking Ball" might be available for listening, but don't look for the music video. Katy Perry's "Roar" is getting plenty of play, for example.
One issue: finding your favorite artist. There's no search function to be found. We tried searching Metallica's "Enter Sandman" as an example of a "family-friendly" song that wasn't at all designed for family-friendly radio, but to no avail.