Unless you download your music album by album from iTunes at $10-$12 each, usually about $1/song, you're going to turn to a music streaming service like Spotify. In most cases you pay a small monthly fee to access a massive library of artists, and usually their entire discography. While this is great for the consumer, supporter, and fan, it's a bit more complicated for the artist. Big name artists take huge financial losses from streaming services, but small name artists see it as a great way to gain exposure. Taylor Swift pulled all of her music off of Spotify months ago, and Björk wants to wait to make her new album available. Who stands on what side? More importantly, why?
Bono, the humanitarian Irish rocker behind U2
, has expressed his excitement in interviews over the "experiment" of Spotify. But then again, he did insert his new album into your iTunes library for free.
pulled her new album because she's concerned about respect, not profits, saying that she preferred the Netflix method of a waiting period before streaming new releases.
has said he thought the Spotify business model was broken, but maybe now that his popularity on the site has increased over 300% since his Grammy win, he'll change his mind.
The Black Keys
Drummer Patrick Carney has publicly disagreed with Bono, and The Black Keys
's new album isn't available on the streaming service.
This isn't really news, as Taylor Swift
made a big deal of removing her entire discography from Spotify, saying that she doesn't think music should be free.
famously used a pay-what-you-want method to sell In Rainbows
, but paying $10 a month won't let you stream it.
has stated that he doesn't think Spotify is the enemy, but if artists are concerned they're not getting paid enough they should press their record companies for more royalties.
They're not on Spotify either. Next time you want to hear AC/DC
's "Highway to Hell," you'll have to turn to YouTube.
Garth Brooks is against Spotify, citing the reason that he thinks "You just have to put the music first."