Jul 9, 2015

Apple leaves musicians up shit stream without a paddle

Will Apple Music be a game-changer for recording artists? Perhaps, but not in a good way, writes freelance journalist Gram Morris.

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue launches Apple Music

The launch of Apple music last week reignited one of the most reliable conversation-starters of our time: is streaming bad for artists? Because, if my newsfeed is anything to go by, it seems that while most of us are just fine with the fact that our iPhones are being put together by exploited workers in Asia, we start to get shirty when we hear Taylor Swift isn’t being paid properly.

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4 thoughts on “Apple leaves musicians up shit stream without a paddle

  1. BlueBox

    Vinyl with a digital download works for me!


    Did Swift sign with Apple bc they are paying higher royalties to rights holders (70% – i believe this is higher than spotify) or is really the ‘same shitty deal’? I read this interesting statistic on Music Business Worldwide:

    Apple has 1 billion users
    it aims to convert 10% to the $10 p/m
    That would = 999m per month in income, or just under $12bn a year

    if it converts 13% of its paying customers: “that equates to $1.3bn a month – or $15.6bn a year… more than the entire annual recorded music industry’s revenue as we stand.”

    Doubling the music industries income seems to be leaving it an a pretty good state. Seems like the issue, as you mention, really falls on the labels fairly compensating their artists and sharing this 15-30bn more evenly.

  3. Andrew McIntosh

    Anyone for Bandcamp?

  4. AR

    The last two overly verbose articles have been utter filler – is the Curse of HelRazer overwhelming Crikey?
    We pay for this thing, give us something worth reading.

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