FMC Checks Out Spotify, Likes It… A Lot


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Re artists' compensation:

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 16, 2011 - 5:25pm.

Re artists' compensation: what about the story in the Guardian that Lady Gaga received $167 for a million downloads on Spotify? What about those amazing graphs on Information is Beautiful?

Well we do mention that

Submitted by Casey on July 18, 2011 - 9:43am.

Well we do mention that artist payouts are minimal. The Gaga story has been somewhat discredited, but it doesn't change the underlying truth to the fact that, right now, streaming services are not a huge revenue stream for artists. We also point out how this could change, due to economies of scale. Keep in mind that this article was more about the service itself. We often kick the tires on new music offerings just for fun. We did it with MySpace Music back when they partnered with the majors; sometimes we do it with services that are created to help musicians with their day-to-day career chores.

How can a revenue stream of

Submitted by So (not verified) on July 18, 2011 - 11:51pm.

How can a revenue stream of all most nothing "compete with free"? It's the same thing and really an insult to music creators.

It "competes with free"

Submitted by Casey on August 9, 2011 - 9:31am.

It "competes with free" because it offers a licensed, legal alternative to unauthorized filesharing. Economies of scale could, in theory, help grow the music access marketplace to a level where the compensation can be better for artists. It's a big if, but we already know what the alternative looks like.

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