The proverbial shit has hit the fan for indie bands/labels. Earlier today Youtube's head of content and business manager, Robert Kyncl, unveiled the company's next big move to essentially wipe indie bands off of Youtube and charge customers for access to all videos and music.
Without going into too much of a rant, everyone should consider the damages that will be caused to the unnoticed bands and their fans once this new system is fully launched. Especially since the website has become a key promotional outlet for indie bands and labels who can't afford hiring the big names in music to help promote their catalogue. But of course, indie bands aren't the only ones that can be effected. Even artists like Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, and Adele are in danger of being removed from the site.
In addition to the apparent hundreds and millions of dollars that Youtube receives, you'd think they'd give back to the community. But no, they have more money to make (cue the maniacal laugh). Instead, while acting as a middle man between the artists and fans, Youtube is going to be ripping off every soul that (by habit) goes on to Youtube to find the latest music.
You see, Youtube is simply a channel that fans access. Yes, it's popular, but does that mean that nothing can take its place? Absolutely not. In fact, Vimeo and (*cough cough*) Baeble seem to be looking better and better by the day..
In short: Hide your kids, hide your wife, Youtube is coming for you.
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