- Sep 20, 2017
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Thanks for the reply. I expected these to be your criticisms@endorphinz re: spotify.
I think it's fine for consuming music in a quick/accessible manner (fwiw I have never really dug in. my wife has an account so I am only vaguely familiar as a user). the quality isn't very good, but people can share playlists easily, etc. however, algorithmic discovery is heavily tilted to fraud/pay-to-play. if people think they are finding stuff "organically" by letting it randomize (or however they do it), they are probably mistaken.
the real problem I have with the platform - esp as a (mostly former) musician who has played on albums on there - is the extremely meager earnings given to artists. here's a recent piece on them proposing lowering royalties to a record-low. the payout scheme essentially pits musicians against each other - there's a finite pool of money that is divvied up between all artists, based on fraction of plays. it's a major issue for 99% of artists when they're up against Drake/Adele/Ed Sheeran/the sound of rain playlist (who buys all of his clicks, thus taking away from other artists - see next). there is also widespread fraud on the service, mostly in the form of bots. you can google services that will charge you $4 for 1000 plays on up to numbers that allow someone to essentially double their money.
meanwhile, Spotify is valued at ~$47 billion.
never heard of him. just glossing over a piece now and I feel confident in saying I won't be going much further with his work.As far as the business side ($$) goes, I invite you to subscribe to The Bob Lefsetz newsletter & podcast who, in some entries completely dispels the notion that Spotify is bad for artists.
LOL. I don’t know what you read or what turned you off but the dude knows his shit and is very well respected by most. I have a feeling you read something political which I understand can be polarizing but if you just read his music stuff I think you’d dig it. In any event search through the podcast episodes. If you’re into music I’m positive there are episodes that you’ll find really, really good.... many with artists and some with music execs.