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Music-Streaming Royalties = Crumbs?

In Music business on August 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Music-streaming services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, and Napster are sharing your music¬†with the masses — and you haven’t had to do a thing to make it happen. And that’s great, right? People are hearing your songs and you’re getting paid every time they do. What’s not to like?

Plenty, unfortunately.

Unlike music-downloading services such as iTunes and Amazon, which pay artists and other content owners a prescribed royalty per download, streaming services do not pay a prescribed royalty per stream. In fact, the amount they pay per stream varies from virtually nothing (as low as $0.002) to hardly anything (as high as $0.008). In short, a song or album might be streamed 200 times or more before it generates the equivalent of a single download in revenue to the artist.

What is going on?


Wampus Multimedia News: August 2011

In New music, Self-referential on August 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

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A Constantly Expanding Vocabulary

In Art and creativity on July 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I made my first recording (on a small reel-to-reel) at age 12. A year later, living in a small town, I met my first singer-songwriter. He was The Guy, the first one to save up money to get a quality guitar, have a decent record collection and nice stereo, and to actually compose an original pop song (practically before my eyes), a Beatles-ish number I still hear in my head today.

He was one of the first role models I had for doing this crazy thing called music. Eventually I moved and covered many miles, met all kinds of people, got record deals, performed everywhere from asylums to coffee houses to prisons to stadiums, and morphed into the full-time musician I am today.