nicolejb
2 years ago10,000+ Views
Ok, I’m going to disclose something to you before I start this. I love Spotify. No really, I stream music at work, on my phone, and I just love that I can listen to one song and bounce from artist to artist.
I can consume all the musics I want. I can make curated playlist with my friends. The algorithms that Spotify built to help me find the music I like.
That being said, I felt a little awkward and bad getting the app. Yes, I’m paying for the service, but I am not paying for the album, the song, etc.

It makes me hope that the artists are getting the money and recognition they deserve.

Case in point... Taylor Swift.

The biggest standstill for me was when Taylor Swift decided to leave Spotify saying that it drove down her album sales. But: In response, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek pointed out that the company had paid $2 billion in royalties since 2008...so she was still getting the money. She was still getting recognize monetarily for her album.

But the number we are still focusing on, the number we continue to focus on, is album sales... and that’s why I think Taylor is staying away from Spotify.

So maybe the way we praise artist for their music should change...

They way we are consuming music is changing.

We need to start recognizing not only album sales, but also streams and viral hits! Music is online now. And say “hello” to the streaming music world.

What do you think Vinglers? Is Spotify taking advantage of the “stream” system or should we start changing how we think about music?

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honestly the only reason I ever use spotify is when I don't have my ipod with me I personally perfer to buy my music so that I can have it wherever I go, but with that being said I see no problem whatsoever with spotify or the people that use it
Totally there was no way of knowing that stuff because it was illegal! @TracyLynnn and the more people that are on spotify, the better they can track what people are listening to, and we can give them credit for it!
Its the same with Netflix, Hulu ect I don't see why it's any different when it comes to music, either way the artist or creator still gets some type of revenue, physical copies of things will be on the way out sometime soon and digital streaming will/is on the way in, and at some point will be the main way companies and franchises generate any sort of revenue. I almost never hear of people going out to buy actual hard copies of anything anymore to be entirely honest.
Yes and no. Sure, artists get a smaller amount per stream than they might... but it's per stream. People generally only buy an album once, but like you said you listen to songs over and over again. So while this might hurt album sales, in the long run there's actually more potential revenue. That being said, album sales determine who is at the "top of the charts"... for now. I think that you're right, the way we listen to music is changing. Which means that how we determine who is at the "top" needs to change as well. It's an outdated model, one which was created to measure physical sales before digital ones even existed.
that's the thing though, most people I know don't buy an entire album nowadays. they buy individual songs online so even without streaming services, the album sales are going to drop. in the long run, I think it's easier and more cost effective to have a ton singles out and on streaming services, then do like a greatest hits album. because you have to factor in the people who wait to buy until a greatest hits album is out, just so they get about 80% of the songs they like and not just one or two and a bunch others that they tolerate/don't like
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