The reality is only some of your money is paid to the artists you listen to. The rest of your money (and it’s probably most of your money) goes somewhere else. That “somewhere else” is decided by a small group of subscribers who have gained control over your money thanks to a mathematical flaw in how artist royalties are calculated. This flaw cheats real artists with real fans, rewards fake artists with no fans, and perhaps worst of all communicates to most streaming music subscribers a simple, awful, message: Your choices don’t count, and you don’t matter.
Cuepoint makes a good point here. Even better, the article goes on to highlight a better way of doing things:
There is a better way to approach streaming royalties, one which addresses all of these problems, and it’s called Subscriber Share.
I don’t actually have a streaming account,1 but for those of y’all who do, I urge you to join in this protest they’re putting together.
- Other than Pandora, where my usage pattern is ‘put on some quiet post-rock when I go to bed,’ and thus is already following their advice. ↩