The music industry has been stirring up a lot of controversy recently.
Taylor Swift caused a lot of commotion among magazines and social media when she pulled most of her music from her Spotify account and refused to release her new album, “1989” to Spotify. Her reasoning is that because streaming services only give back less than one-tenth of a cent per play, artists lose money on the music they make.
Swift also said music streaming keeps people from going out and buying the album.
Spotify has said that the company has been talking to Swift trying to change her mind; however, no news has surfaced of Swift conceding.
Swift’s album has become the first of the year to reach platinum, according to The Washington Post.
Since Swift removed her album, country artist Brad Paisley has also removed his music from Spotify.
Recently, Spotify released a statement speculating that Swift would have made $6 million from Spotify just from “1989.”
Swift’s claims of artists losing money used to be made when people would illegally download music or when they got them from programs such as Napster or Limewire.
One thing really isn’t being said. Artists have a right to do what they want with their music.
While it might be more convenient for us to listen to music for free on Spotify than it would be to spend $14 for it on at Best Buy, artists are under no obligation to stream it.
Maybe Swift will change her mind, or maybe Spotify will start giving the music industry more money for each play, but until then, it really isn’t our place to tell musicians what they should or shouldn’t do.