Music Think Tank

Music As A Free Commodity

image from people want to sample something before buying or investing in a product. For example, we all like trying samples of food or test driving a car before making a purchase. Streaming services like Spotify or Rdio help people sample music and hope that these people will end up purchasing a subscription or buying the music. On Music Think Tank, Michael Shoup would like to know:

“As recorded music becomes closer to a Free Commodity, is it up to the ethical duty of the patron to decide how to compensate the creator [Buy tickets to a show? Kickstarter support? Merchandise?] allowing the artist to incentivize listeners through their recordings?  Or should those who profit from the Commodity [Streaming Services? On Demand Radio?] be more closely regulated by legislation?”

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