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Are streaming music services good for fans, but bad for music artists?

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Jul 2013, 12:26

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Radiohead fame have started an interesting debate against Spotify...

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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 12:42 3

1. hypergreatthing (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Streaming businesses pay labels. Labels pay artists. Labels are bad for artists, but artists sign up and give away all their rights.

I think the cut is something like 85% labels, 15% artists.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 13:48 1

2. Os_Money (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)

Exactly. Things need to be like the game industry where we have indie games, cutting out the publishers. Thats my take anyways.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:51

3. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Is about distribution and quality of recording time. Not to mention getting the best people to write songs (for those who need them.). There are many factors why the artist receive a lower share. They (artist) may be the ones singing. But they are not the ones doing the promoting or paying the high prices for production time and the myriad of other cost related to making of an album (aka CD).

If you truly want to support an artist go to their concerts. That's where they make their money. So, if you're not doing that then your part of the problem.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 22:04

8. CampbellAndGreen.ca (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)

I agree that it is important to get out to live music. We love playing for people.

One thing to note however is that MANY, if not MOST, artists these days pay for their own production. Most labels won't even look at an artist until they have lots of fans and good some product and track record.

So us independent singer / songwriter / performers need folks to by the tracks, CD's at live gigs, merch. etc because we are wroking our asses off to make music and get it out there...

We are caught 'between a rock and a hard place' with streaming...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 19:55

4. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

I love streaming music. I use Microsoft Xbox music (aka Zune) and Nokia Music. I listen to the albums I think I'm interested in and if I like what I hear and find the music I enjoy I buy the music so I can have it permanently. So, streaming music works great for me.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 21:23 1

5. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Sounds like artist need to follow in the path of the artist Macklemore and not sign with any labels. It's very possible to be successful and promote your music without signing with a major labels. One way that Macklemore did it was through the Colbert Report, which is viewed by millions.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 21:31 1

6. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I believe that signing licensing agreements with companies that provide online music streaming will help reduce the amount of pirating that's taking around the world.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 03:12

7. vincelongman (Posts: 5048; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Also lower album prices and have sales like physical stores and Steam.
Also if an album is re-release, people who already bought it get a discount. For example you bought it for $20, then they re-release it and its $25, you only need to pay $5 to get the extra songs.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 07:57

9. JWallis (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)

All legit streaming services pay royalties from spotify to torch music... But, perhaps, the artists are expecting too much. The same guys that used to claim it was 'all about the music, and not about the money' seem to suddenly think, with this unforseen loss in revenue, that it is in fact, all about the money. Maybe for the first time in a while, musicians are being paid accurately.

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