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Is it Time to QUIT Spotify?

Your Discovery: The music industry needs to reawaken from its slumber.

As we see more and more artists fight for our attention via a new single every week and a drive to their socials, music consumption becomes more competitive as the industry changes hands into the world of the unknown with new and upcoming artists.

With this comes issues. The rates of streaming Spotify take is something ludricous. The rate of 0.00003 per stream means that you have to have a least quarter of million streams to earn £1,000. To musicians, this 1,000 is slim pickings – especially if funds have been driven into social engagement, studio hire and musician hire.

We are consuming more music than ever before and yet … the music artists are not reaping the rewards off of it.

With music artists seemingly changing their perception on driving audiences to their social media as opposed to their actual music, how we consume music in the music industry needs to change. And it starts with us as consumers ourselves.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS.

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For me, I like Spotify to discover new artists, but, when I like an album, I just go buy the LP. Not only is the quality of the music better, but you have a connection with the artist, too. It’s not just me – the music creator – a lot of people my age and even younger, return to vinyl. For the sake of future musicians and providing support to the lesser known musicians … let’s hope it will be a reawakening of the music industry.
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Now, I know actually producing vinyls is a might finance feat in itself and they are not cheap like burning samples on a CD. The convenience of Spotify draws in a godly rate of subscribers – how do we get back into the absorption of music by actually purchasing for the artist?

By manvmusic

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6 replies on “Is it Time to QUIT Spotify?”

I don’t think the music industry will right itself. Bands much bigger than mine have long since called it quits because there’s no money in making music now, especially music worth listening to.

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Yeah it’s very difficult – the sheer competitiveness has skyrocketed any consumer attention to go somewhere else. A lot of musicians I know just turned to session gigging, because no band is a guarantee of earning a sense of monetary value. That being said, even session gigs come once in a blue moon and are as rare as the gigs themselves. But still, we mustn’t give up faith! A lot of people are dissatisfied with no new rock or no new punk rising up – all it will take is one break and you could very well be that band that everyone has been longing for.

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I’m the same with Apple, it is great for casual listening and listening to a new album before buying, but if I like it, I will buy it as I prefer holding a copy. I don’t think I will quit though until they start putting CD players back in the new cars.

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Yeah too true! The sheer convenience of Spotify is what makes it for me. The ease of having music at your fingertips makes me use Spotify more so than my vinyl player. Although saying that, my vinyls come out on special occasions which if anything, makes the music that much sweeter.

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Spotify is definitely convenient, and potentially free for people that don’t take music as seriously as others. Which sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t take music seriously?? Apparently, “people”. At any rate, it is the easiest way I know of to discover new music. I have stumbled on more new artists than I can count just driving to work. And for me that’s where Spotify makes its money. My truck doesn’t have a CD player and frankly, I’m glad. Before the days of iTunes, Spotify and Pandora, I traveled with books and books of CDs, which when you travel as much as I do, can be a bit cumbersome.

That said, I almost never listen to Spotify at home. There is a place for it, but more often than not, if we want some music in the background, I’ll put a record on. Even as I write this, spinning the Black Keys Delta Kream double LP, I would rather get up and flip the record over a few times, staying connected to the music, rather than forget it’s playing altogether because of endless streaming. Before my life turned to vinyl, after hearing an album on Spotify I would download it on iTunes in an attempt to support the artist. But in my recent return to buying physical copies of music, I’ve grown to love the tangible connection you get with the music and the artist. The soul and character of the music are literally pressed into the vinyl.

They also sound better.

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Yeah absolutely, many thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, my friend. Vinyls certainly have a discernible quality that has resulted in them reaching higher sales than CDs in the last year for the first time. Spotify is a convincing way of connecting with new artists and exploring new tunes. It’s never as connecting if you buy your own physical copy, you’re certainly right with that one!

Haha also – there’s people who don’t take music seriously? Where are they and how do I find them .. 🤔

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