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11-01-2012, 11:28 PM #31
Originally Posted by ApproximatelyInfinite;5090234
I'd probably be a bit bitter about that too, honestly...yikes.
However, I do have to say that I do agree with the sentiment of the article you posted after, to a degree...I do think it's a raw deal in some ways for artists as Jon Hopkins has shown here, but at the same time, I kind of think of streaming services like Spotify etc as a small way to combat piracy. I guess £8 is so small it makes no real difference whether 90,000 people pirated his tracks vs. streamed them on Spotify, but I feel like if I happened to be an artist, I'd still be supportive, at least in a small way, of Spotify as an idea and as a platform.
But yeah, the whole industry really just isn't redeemable from the hands of piracy so it does seem a bit useless to try anymore.
I guess the thing that bothers me most about Spotify (and to lesser extent the other paid streaming services-most of which pay more per play in royalties) is that they're attempting to set themselves up in a profit making enterprise without kicking any significant money down the chain to the people who are supplying them with their product. I'd imagine that's really what galls some artists/labels about the whole thing.
That said, I still say that when big commercial acts can still generate tens of millions of dollars in sales and shift millions of units via traditional channels (which Coldplay has with MX), the industry has a lot less incentive to change radically anytime soon than some people would like to believe.
12-01-2012, 02:53 AM #32
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12-01-2012, 12:14 PM #33