Again with the misrepresentation of my position?!H20nly wrote: i'm confused about your expectations here. do you think that you should write your best track and that streaming services should take note of the extreme quality of this track and pay you handsomely to live off of the the proceeds of this one (or even 21 one tracks) happily ever after?
it kind of sounds like you do. one dollar a month per subscriber just for you! wouldn't that be just swell...
Haven't we both been over exactly this before? Several times!?
I explain it one more time, just for you: With Spotify (and co.) WE CAN'T POSSIBLY WIN!!!
They are not a future mode of advertisment and distribution, they are the enemy. In the same way that Uber is the enemy of cab drivers.
Their business model renegotiated the income structure of all artists down to basically zero.
They not only forced this bad pay structure on artists, but they also made sure that our product is devalued in the eyes of our costumers to zero.
If you use their services and play by their rules, you will automatically lose.
When not using Spotify, you are of course still in a bad situation, since everyone expects you to be. But as long as you still manage to get recognition, you might have a chance.
The sad (or hopeful?) fact is, it is us artists who decide if they win. If only a few of us are not on Spotify, no one will notice. But if everyone who, in all honesty, has nothing to gain from them, avoids it, then their all-you-can-eat buffet will be empty of independent music and only filled with music of the majors. That would probably still work for them, since this is what the majority of people listen to. But it would also leave the option open for a new service to come in with more favorable conditions to us indies and offer a possibly more expensive, but also higher quality service for people with a non mass market taste. Think of it as a new UnitedArtists.
That will not happen if our stuff is on Spotify (and co.) anyways.
Because as Stromkraft noted, our customers will most likely not get a different, possibly more expensive service, just to support us. They simply don't care enough.
But if it's the only way to listen to non-mainstream music, they will. And it will probably then become a way of cultural distinction for them. The new hipster cool.
No what you are failing to realize is that there is almost no conceivable number of subscribers you can bring to get you a liveable wage with Spotify. You need literally 10s-100s of millions of streams per month just to make it over the poverty line. (0.01-0.001ct/stream)i think you're failing to realize that gathering a large enough following to reap the kind of benefits you expect from Spotify make you a slave to plenty of other shit along the way... if you want the kind of plays that pay well, you need to bring the number of subscribers that push the model. like it or not.
That's why this "business" model needs to be fought at every step.