Streaming – The Current State of Music Consumption

There is a lot of controversy amongst musical artists concerning the viability of streaming music services. While that is where music consumers are heading, and the customer is always right, streaming services are guilty of ludicrously low payouts to artists. To give you an honest idea, for 943 spins, Spotify paid me $2.30. Personally, I’d like to think my music is worth more than .003 cents per play. Pandora is a similar story. As everyone heard, Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify in protest and other artists have come forward to express their dissatisfaction throughout 2014. While this is understandable, unlike Taylor, I do not have a record label pushing my music across multiple mediums, so I can’t really afford to boycott a service that brings my music directly to you. A service becoming more and more popular as the days go by. Saying that, if you are going to stream music, do it legally and pay the small annual “premium fee” charged. This will increase the payout to people like myself & insure that musicians can continue to make music. Keep in mind, starting a “band” and creating an album is an entrepreneurial endeavor, and like any other business, it costs money to open the doors. There is an idea being perpetuated that online entertainment should be free. It’s a terrible notion whose ideology is in line with terms like “freeloading hippie” and “sense of entitlement”. While I realize that you are paying for your internet service and feel that should include the cost of things like music, keep in mind that the people you are paying, are paying me .003 cents per stream. I really don’t know where all of this is heading but the “market value” of the musician is way, way too low & quite frankly, being pimped out. I think people seem to forget that without musicians making music, there is no business. I guess all I can say is that if you have a favorite artist, purchase their full album, attend their live shows, purchase their merchandise, and share that $h!t all over the internet; because while the tools are changing, the business model of the media machine taking most of the musician’s pie slices is still in full effect.