David Byrne of Talking Heads has made comments about today’s music industry which has embraced digital music streaming. Since the rise of internet technology, other musicians have shared their music via the likes of Spotify and somehow it may spell a big disaster for the industry.
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Although it generates big profits among major labels and may offer a win-win situation towards the provider and the consumers, it kills the artists.
Some of the notable musicians who have pulled out or have complained about streaming services were Thom Yorke and his band Radiohead, Black Keys, Aimee Mann and David Lowert of Camper van Beethoven. Meanwhile, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Pink Floyd were longtime Spotify holdouts and AC/DC, Garth Brooks and Led Zeppelin have never agreed to put their catalogues on these streaming services. Byrne himself has pulled out his songs.
If you have wondered why these artists have pulled out their catalogs from their respective online services, here’s the deal. Pandora, for example, plays all the music that they have in their content, which is similar to a radio station but it doesn’t take requests. YouTube, on the other hand, plays individual songs that people have uploaded while Spotify is a music archive that plays all the songs you like if it’s available on their site. Because you get the songs first hand when you get online by listening to it and paying for relatively less amount as its monthly charge, no one would ever purchase the CD. With that happening, musicians lose while the corporate labels win.
Hopefully, artists will get a fair share of the pie especially those who are just starting up and have yet to reach support from fans from different places.
Read on about Byrne’s post about internet music streaming.