Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sometimes as an independent artist it's easy to fall into the trap of helplessness and hopelessness in the face of conglomerate giants like Apple. I remember a few years ago when I decided to take all of my music off of Grooveshark because they weren't paying royalties to artists for streams. I also made a similar move with my last release of the Better Off EP, limiting where the album could be downloaded because of unfair streams.

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, you can click here to read about the groove shark controversies, and you can use this link to get a better idea of what I'm talking about for other websites. Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying though. I have no problem allowing my fans and curious listeners to stream songs for free. In fact that's one of the reasons I allow my music on Soundcloud and YouTube. I want people to be able to listen to songs and decide whether or not they like it. I want people to engage with me freely without having to pay all the time. But at the same time, I'm not okay with corporations making money off the work that I do without giving me a cut. I think that's only fair.

Almost every business online that charges you for streaming, or makes you listen to ads after a few songs, is making money from the fees you have to pay in order to get the Internet. That means that the $40 - $200 internet bill you pay monthly also goes into the pockets of the likes of Pandora, YouTube,  Spotify, and other businesses who allow you to stream music for free...and that's okay, because these are also businesses who pay the fair amount for streams to artists for their work.

Now enter Apple.

You may have heard that they recently announced that they were launching a new streaming network. I suspect that it's a move to try to keep up with the title service that just came out not too long ago. Either way, there was some controversy about it as Taylor Swift hold her album from the new Apple service. In order to find out why, you're going to want to read her blog on it. I definitely suggest that you read her blog first and make your own judgement, before reading any news articles which seem to want to paint her in a bad light.

As for me, I just want to salute Taytay for standing up for the little guys in this issue.
Thanks Grrrl!


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