I have seen this a hot topic that flares up again and again under artists.
Especially japanese artists seem to be opposed to add their music towards streaming services. So why not have a discussion about it, how we all think about it, from the fan view.
So first of of course
Does anyone use services like spotify, apple music, youtube music etc?
- I do use subscription/streaming services
- I don’t use them
- I am thinking about using them
- I will never use them
From japanese artists tweeting things like this
I hope that whoever came up with the system of subscriptions will go to hell.
The tweet was done by jpop singer Makoto Kawamoto and is by now deleted.
To artist tweeting things like this
There’s no better system than an algorithm that recommends your music to listeners who are likely to like it. On the other hand, there is no mechanism for a CD to be posted in the mailbox of someone else’s house who might like it.
You can find the original tweet by Sailing Before The Wind’s Bassist here
And then we can find artists saying, they wouldnt have been able to do certain things if they wouldnt have opted for subscription services
The side saved by subs.
→The same is true for our band. Without subs, we would have had to get CD stores to carry our CDs and sell them in order to reach outside of Japan (a very high threshold), and if they were only available on CDs, our budget for merchandise and music videos would have been cut because of the cost of making CDs and the risk of inventory.
The tweet was made by Akuru, Bassist from Lost in Again, and you can find the original tweet here
Now it might be harsh to compare a jpop singer that is active since a long time to some small metalcore bands, but its surprising for me often to see that its especially smaller artists who seem to be more grateful for the option of using streaming services/subscriptions.
Of course a certain amount of critic on spotify and co is justified, especially accounting the problematic of artists often getting barely paid, if even at all.
But on the other side subscriptions open up possibilities that wasnt there before.
Talking from my own personal side, i live in a country that might put up customs twice the amount a CD did cost if i import from another country.
Reasons i am not even trying it.
Which means the options i have left are downloads and subscriptions.
Subcriptions can be even be a good idea if you have trouble with having a phone storage that is constantly too full. (at least i am struggeling with it and my phone is my main source to listen to music)
I feel like there is so much more to the topic, but i will leave it here for now.
Tell me your thoughts everyone