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Murat (24 October 2015 09:46:54)
HI DonThanks for the post. Sounds like you've got a good system for divesocring new music AND supporting the stuff you like.I can break it down pretty simply like this:Downloading music (where you get an actual file that you keep on your computer, ipod, etc.) or buying a hard copy of a CD involves paying a mechanical royalty, a portion of which goes directly to artists. This kind of royalty is MUCH bigger than the fractions of pennies for what we call on-demand streaming where a file is not actually downloaded but instead is streamed in real time. One concern that musicians and song writers have is that more and more people will choose to stream on-demand INSTEAD of downloading mp3s or buying CDs, thereby cutting of that mechanical royalty stream. Consumers like you, who discover new music through social media and streaming services and then go BUY what they like, are not the norm. It's too early to say for sure what impact services like Spotify will actually have on artists. But my educated guess is it won't be good. One part of the answer is buying music directly from artists. This is a hugely positive thing. I'm thankful that the label I'm on allows me to sell my records myself directly from my site (see the music page). But my site is not where people look first. Until it is, it will remain a small part of my overall sales.Spreading the word about music you dig is also positive. Spotify, Mog, Last.fm are all good for spreading the word ..But new technology is always a double-edged sword. The fear: money for creative music, especially stuff on the fringe, might get sliced too thin.