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Streaming Shakes Up Music Industry’s Model for Royalties

Streaming Shakes Up Music Industry’s Model for Royalties | The Effects of Music Streaming | Scoop.it
Companies like Spotify and Pandora are catching fire, but the money paid to artists is often tiny, which has the music industry on edge.
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The last quote, “Artists didn’t make big money from CDs when they were introduced, either. They were a specialty thing, and had a lower royalty rate. Then, as it became mainstream, the royalties went up. And that’s what will happen here" by Donald S Passman greatly impacted the way i perceived this situation. Passman makes a great point in saying that as more people are streaming music more, then royalties for streaming will increase sooner or later.

 

As someone who despises the way steaming companies are paying artists nowadays, it made me stop and think. Maybe the value to music streaming isn't as high as it will be in the future. If more people choose to stream music rather than purchase, then the value of streaming would increase and so would royalties. 

 

 Evaluation of Article 

 

The sources the writer uses to back up his arguments are reputable. For example, the royalty rate given were given by professionals that have dealt with agreements with top streaming companies. However, no citations are present at the end of the article. The writer only includes names of major sources within the article. 

 

This article was written in January 28th 2013 and last edited in January 31st 2013. There were no links present within the article. 

 

The main purpose of the writer is to be informational, as he had no intention on persuading people not to stream music. The writer just gave out information on how much streaming companies are paying artists and how certain people in the music industry feels about it. 

 

Overall, the article is reliable because the writer is not biased and his information is backed up by reputable sources. The only potential issue is that information could be slightly out of date as it was published a little over a year ago and certain information could have changed for 2014. 

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Infographic: Do Artists Benefit From Music Streaming Services?

Infographic: Do Artists Benefit From Music Streaming Services? | The Effects of Music Streaming | Scoop.it
This infographic has been kindly provided by the folks at Gryffn who undertake integrated digital marketing campaigns. Whilst clearly a plug
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The following is an infograph of how much eat streaming company pays musicians. The purpose of this infograph is to be informative on the rates various streaming companies pay artists. The data presented is reliable as it comes from very reputable sources. The citations of where the information came from are located at the very bottom. The infograph was made on December 16th 2013, which shows that the information is up to date and reliable 

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Streaming music is good for UK labels, but are they good for streaming music?

Streaming music is good for UK labels, but are they good for streaming music? | The Effects of Music Streaming | Scoop.it
Latest industry figures hail growth fuelled by companies like Spotify, but are their businesses sustainable? By Stuart Dredge
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The writer, Stuart Dredge, makes a very interesting point in presenting information that suggest that major streaming companies such as Spotify and Pandora actually acquired a loss in 2013. This made me think towards the other side of the argument. Are the companies actually reasonable when considering royalties? Are there not enough subscribed users for them to increase royalties and also attain profits? 

 

Evaluation of article 

The data figures presented by Dredge are backed up by reputable sources. There are no citations present, but there are links to locations in which the data figures are abstracted from. 

 

The article was written on February 19th 2014 and has remained unrevised ever since. 

 

The writers purpose is to be informational to the general public. At first he talks about how music streaming is having a positive effect on the music industry. Then he talks about how various major streaming companies are experiencing unstable times of profits and losses. 

 

Stuart Dredge is a freelance writer who has no experience in the music industry. However, it doesn't effect the credibility of the article because he does not make any arguments and backs up data figures well. 

 

Overall, this article is reliable despite the fact that the writer has no experience in the music industry because it serves to be informational and all of the information comes from reputable sources. 

 

 

 

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David Byrne: 'The internet will suck all creative content out of the world'

David Byrne: 'The internet will suck all creative content out of the world' | The Effects of Music Streaming | Scoop.it
The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists, says David Byrne
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David Byrne gives his opinion about streaming services and how it is giving a lot of musicians a hard time. Byrne believes that the amount of money that is given to musicians (especially those who just entered the industry) is too little and they simply cannot make a living out of music. Personally i agree with Byrne's opinion. The amount of money invested in the production phase of music is really high. If musicians aren't paid enough money, they will not be finically stable to continue producing music. 

 

Evaluation of Article 

This article is highly opinion based as the writer,  David Byrne, is a musician himself. The majority of the information is his personal opinion on music streaming services. Therefore no formal citations or references to reputable people are present in the article. 

 

The article was written on October 11th 2013 and no revisions were made ever since. 

 

Byrne's main purpose is to persuade people that streaming music is greatly harming musicians out there as major companies are not paying them enough. Throughout the article, he does not include why companies may be displaying such behavior. Therefore, it makes the article biased to a certain extent. 

 

David Byrne has been in the music industry for years and has experienced the damage that music streaming has done. His experience in the field makes his opinions valuable. 


Overall, i believe the article is reliable because the information is provided by an industry professional who has experienced this event first hand. However, for those who might not know who David Byrne is might find it highly biased. 

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Spotify row: artists threaten to sue labels over music streaming

Spotify row: artists threaten to sue labels over music streaming | The Effects of Music Streaming | Scoop.it
Helienne Lindvall: Musicians are increasingly unhappy with the share of revenues they receive – and in Sweden they are planning legal action
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The writer makes a point saying that artists should not put all blame on Spotify because there are many other poplar services such as YouTube and Grooveshark that are way worse. On YouTube, anyone can upload a musicians work without the musician receiving any benefits. There are many other services that give no royalties to musicians for their work. 

 

Evaluation of Article

 

The arguments in this article are backed up by reputable sources. The writer uses opinions and data from major executives that work for various record labels. Citations and links are not present in the article. 

 

The article was written on October 25th 2013 and was not revised ever since. 

 

The writers intention is to be informative to the general public. She goes into detail about the situation in Sweden where artists are suing Spotify for not getting paid enough. 

 

The writer, Helienne Lindvall, is a songwriter that worked for BMG in the past. She has knowledge on the music industry, which makes the article trustworthy. 

 

Overall, this article is reliable because the writer uses multiple reputable sources whenever she makes an argument. In addition, she also has experience in the field which adds to its credibility. 

 

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