Spotify Responds To Artist Payments Controversy
(UDPATED) In an email to Hypebot over the weekend, Spotify responding to our post last week "How Much Does A Band Earn From Each Music Platform?" which shared payment figures provided by indie rockers Uniform Notion from various music streaming and sales platforms. According to Spotify:
"Spotify does not sell streams, but access to music. Users pay for this access either via a subscription fee or with their ear time via the ad-supported service [just like commercial radio] – they do not pay per stream. In other words, Spotify is not a unit based business and it does not make sense to look at revenues from Spotify from a per stream or other music unit-based point of view. Instead, one must look at the overall revenues that Spotify is generating, and how these revenues grow over time.
Spotify is generating serious revenues for rights holders, labels, publishers and the artists that they represent. We have paid over $100m to rights holders since our launch, and the overwhelming majority of our label partners are thrilled with the revenues we're returning to them. Spotify is now the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, according to IFPI.
It is also important to note that Spotify was created as a better, more convenient alternative to piracy. Estimates suggest that around 95% of all music downloads are illegal. Spotify is now monetising an audience the large majority of whom were downloading illegally (and therefore not making a penny for the industry) before Spotify was available.”
UPDATE: Spotify has now offered an addtional response here.
There's nothing written above that I disagree with. Nor did I think that listing what a band gets paid puts Spotify in a bad light. What do you think?