As the streaming wars rage on and different artists experiment with windowing and limiting their music to one provider or the other, it is the fan who typically ends up coming out on the bottom. Here we look at an alternative which would allows listeners to condense these multiple services into a single option.
At present, the U.S. does not pay royalties to performers when their music is played on the radio, instead compensating only the songwriters. This article looks at how this antiquated legislation came about, and how it needs to change moving forward so that performing artists are properly paid for their presence on the airwaves.
As consumers of music, fans often like to think that the lyrics of the songs they hear are as personal to the singer as they are to the listener themselves, but the complicated reality of "hitmaking" is such that this is not always the case, and even when a singer does write their own songs, they don't always do so alone.
While many are predicting that streaming will be the future of the music economy, the fact that services like Spotify and Apple Music typically only engage users at a base level and usually fail to effectively monetize them bodes poorly for streaming, suggesting it's not a business model to be relied on.