If Apple truly does decide to become a music streaming radio service, it could definitely be a major game changer. The article says, "it is expected to be the best internet radio ever," and I completely agree with that statement. Apple probably wouldn't have to abide by any licensing agreements with skipping songs, so that would make the listener or subscriber very happy. Again, if Apple does this, they will be number one, and very successful in this venture, as they are exceptionally successful in all things media driven.
Google is in talks with labels about launching a streaming music service, according to several published reports. News of the possible Spotify competitor surfaced during negotiations over YouTube payments to labels and publishers.
Google is trying to get its' hand into everything, and now they are trying to takover the music service streaing market. It would be hard for anyone new to run against Spotify, but luckily for them, their name is Google. Google's name alone attracts many people. Depending on their rates, Google could possibly run through Spotify and their members.
David Lowery, who is best known as the lead singer for the 1990s alternative rock ban Cracker, said he is outraged that Pandora is now campaigning to lower royalty payments for songwriters even farther.
David Lowery made a bold move by posting his bank statement, which covered all of his royalties in the fourth quarter of 2012. He clearly felt cheated by Pandora and other media outlets. He claims to have only made $16.89 in royalties after having his material played over one million times. In my opinion, artists and musicians are being greatly cheated by media services, and the royalties per play should go up to a more respectable price. I know that I would be annoyed if my millions of streams only resulted in a couple of hundred bucks.
Hollywood Reporter Radiohead's Thom Yorke Slams Spotify, Withdraws His Music Hollywood Reporter But both he and Yorke railed against the streaming service's royalty payment methods saying that the sums are so minimal, that "new artists get paid...
Winston Mills's insight:
The negative talk that has been heating up lately has had one of its first artists remove themselves. Thom Yorke and Radiohead have decided to take their music away from Spotify. This removal is based on many events of disrepect from the company. In my opinion, if it is a good business decision for the band, then it's pretty much okay with me. If they were getting disrespected and bossed around, then they made the right decision to step away from Spotify.
The 'nuclear option,' as one source put it, would involve forcible removals of song catalogs from Pandora in response to continued artist hostility. Which may have seemed absolutely unthinkable just months ago, but now seems appropriate against a rising artist backlash
An influential executive is planning on publishing a "how-to" guide to taking down music content on Pandora, based on the ideas of Pandora's artist hostility. Because the artists are being treated badly, financially, many are considering removing themselves and their work from Pandora. Pro: This is a good thing that artists are beginning to stand up for their work and what they represent. They have noticed an eighty-five percent cut of their royalties from their millions of "songs played," and they are looking to receive the money that they deserve. Con: Unfortunately for the audience, we will have to suffer from some, if not all, of our favorite artists being removed, or removing themselves from Pandora. Pandora has been beat up in this process, and Pink Floyd in particular, has been public in saying, "Pandora is tricking artists into signing their own pay cut."
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