Greg raises a good point, which is: most Kids Today are listening to music on YouTube, with the top songs earning hundreds of millions of plays. The numbers probably dwarf Spotify. This is the most convenient option and it is in fact monetized, though at a lesser rate than Spotify.
I would guess that being an indie rock fan who 1) doesn’t buy vinyl, or anything and 2) obtains music through ripped CDs, not piracy/blogs is actually a relatively unique position.
Another thought: Bruno Mars sold 12.5 million copies of one single last year. Digital music sales overall were a $5 billion business worldwide, or 1/3 of the U.S. ’90s pre-MP3 $15 billion peak. Numbers have fallen off, but there’s still a lot of money out there and plenty of it being reserved for mainstream artists from traditional channels. Maybe pop stars will just have to be content with making $5 million in a year instead of $50. I won’t cry about it.
The sad thing about intern Emily, and probably a lot of people who still don’t pay, is she has good enough taste to steal from the artists who need the cash the most.
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- coldbrain said: These darn kids with their YouTube parties and their crunk and whatnot. But yes, YouTube was Spotify before Spotify was Spotify. And it will continue to be so. For the majors, the aggregate volume makes up for the low per-listen/watch income.
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