How To Talk to Your Parents About Spotify

05.02.12 Posted in Blog by

During the course of writing on this blog, a lot has changed in the world of streaming music. While Wired Magazine characterized the year 2009 as the year in which streaming music really took off, the popular service Spotify today already has about 19M+ users worldwide.

However, as Fuse TV also suggests in the video below, there might be one key demographic that hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. You can call them the late majority, the laggards or, well, your parents! It’s time to get them acquainted with streaming music too!

How to have that awkward, but necessary talk to your parents about Spotify, is presented in this funny video.

via The Next Web

One Response to “How To Talk to Your Parents About Spotify”

  1. Rokk Lattanzio says:

    Then the parents should repond with the talk about how Spotify is not paying the independent artists their children love fairly….

    And here’s some points of relevance from the wiki.
    But I’d like to ad that the last comment from Charles Caldas, CEO of the Merlin Network, neglects to mention that most independent artists are not on a label,


    Spotify compared to the Pirate Bay
    The service has come under fire for failing to compensate independent artists fairly. Helienne Lindvall of The Guardian reported that “indie labels… as opposed to the majors and Merlin members, receive no advance, receive no minimum per stream and only get a 50% share of ad revenue on a pro-rata basis.”[74] In 2009 Swedish musician Magnus Uggla wanted to pull his music from the service, stating that after six months he’d only earned “what a mediocre busker could earn in a day”.[75] Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported in 2009 that record label Racing Junior had only earned NOK 19 ($3.00 USD) after their artists had been streamed over 55,100 times.[76] According to an infographic by David McCandless, an independent artist on Spotify would need over four million streams per month to earn US$1,160 (equivalent to working full-time at a minimum wage job).[77] Luke Lewis of NME points to problems with the Spotify business model, saying he was “convinced the ‘free’ aspect of Spotify is unsustainable” and that if “Spotify is to have a future, it needs to be a viable business”.[78]
    In September 2011, Brooklyn-based independent label Projekt Records entered a public disagreement with Spotify, stating “In the world I want to live in, I envision artists fairly compensated for their creations, because we (the audience) believe in the value of what artists create. The artist’s passion, dedication and expression is respected and rewarded. Spotify is NOT a service that does this. Projekt will not be part of this unprincipled concept.” [79] In May 2012, British Theatre vocalist and Biffy Clyro touring guitarist Mike Vennart noted, “I’d sooner people stole my work than stream it from [Spotify]. They pay the artists virtually nothing. Literally pennies per month. Yet they make a killing. They’ve forced the sales way down in certain territories, which wouldn’t be so bad if the bands actually got paid.”[80]
    Spotify’s artist-in-residence responded to the criticism by stating that 70% of Spotify’s revenue is paid out in royalties, and that the per-stream royalty rate doubled between the service’s inception and mid-2012.[81] Charles Caldas, CEO of the Merlin Network for independent artists, argues that the problem isn’t Spotify’s failure to pay out significant royalties, but that it’s paid to the record labels, who then pass too little of it onto their artists.[81] UNQUOTE

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