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is making a daily loss and is owned by the major labels
I have a very real feeling that as soon as the Digital Economy Bill blocks or shuts down every blog, p2p, share site etc (IRRESPECTIVE of whether any or all of the activity on these sites is involved in breaching copyright) the labels will close Spotify down - even write it down against the 'costs of bringing legal action on our artists' behalf' or some shit
There needs to be a very real and all encompassing debate about the nature of copyright law in the digital domain
Doesn't look like happening anytime soon - too many powerful vested interests
MP3s are worth dick all. That's pretty much the start and the end of it.
1) they're just about cheap enough these days,
2) you can easily make your own MP3s from 'em,
3) they are their own back up,
4) they look pretty good on a rack,
5) you can insure 'em,
6) and you can sell 'em on secondhand.
With bought MP3s you lose all those benefits (even price - gawd knows how "they" think they can charge anywhere near as much for a digital file as they do for a physical artefact) for one single gain:
1) they arrive 24-36 hours earlier
With Spotify it's necessarily gotta be cheaper than MP3s or CDs cos you don't even 'own' the track.
MP3s are not a replacement for CDs that "the record companies" are gonna be able to harness in any meaningful (profitable) way. Streaming much less so.
"The industry" screwed us over for years, and now it's payback time.
I don't p2p. I did buy a few albums from allofmp3 when it was on the go, but it was a soul-less experience. I've bought a couple of things on MP3 since, and it's been a similar story. I feel like I'm wasting my money and that I don't really 'own' it. I do download a few mixes here and there from FACT, Dummy, etc. I do spend as much, if not more on music than I ever have.
There's still more awesome music and gigs out there than I've got time to listen to or money to buy, so "the industry" can come crashing down a whole way further before I start to care much.
I'm convinced that what comes out of the other end of all this hand-wringing will be better than what was once there. In the meantime, I'll be hoovering up back catalogue CDs from AmazonMarketplace, and buying new stuff on the basis of a more informed opinion thanks to the intertrons.
but that's only part of the game
I should actually write a proper piece on all of this stuff but I never have the time
for what must be at least 10,000 - 20,000 plays for my band on there. Bizarre.
that's not actually true, that was a small part of how much money she earnt from spotify. can't remember but i've defo read about it somewhere when it was first 'revealed'.
being on Spotify is part of an overall digital strategy that has seen her sell like five trillion downloads.
i think that the $167 was just from plays in sweden, and was just for one of the two songwriters...
that was based on one of the swedish songwriters in the first few months that Spotify existed.
odd that the retort got more press than the sensationalist story
And frankly it's a FREE service. Exactly how are you expecting it to generate monster levels of money for artists?