If you’re anything like the probably well meaning people at Spotify, you’re probably wondering why I just cancelled my subscription to something called “Spotify.” Below is the answer I gave them in the form of a quote of an article about the band The Black Keys and their new album “El Camino”: When the Black Keys’ latest album, El Camino, hit stores last week, it was conspicuously absent from major streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and MOG. As it turns out, this was a deliberate move by the band, who have opted to withhold the record from such services for financial reasons.
Streaming services “are becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you’re able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams,” drummer Patrick Carney told VH1. ”For a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point where it’s feasible for us.”
Carney told VH1 that he is fine with services such as Pandora, which are built to encourage listeners to sample new music on a song-by-song basis, but is skeptical of Spotify, which he says is “set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists.” By some industry calculations, a song must be streamed on such a service 100 times or more to generate the same profit that the artist would gain from the sale of one download.
In unrelated news, I’ve set to infinite repeat the song “A Very Merry Christmas” for the remainder of my subscription period Spotify (about 3 days) in the hopes that all those plays will translate into something called “A Christmas Bonus” for the members of a certain band that is playing at Bowery Ballroom this Thursday.
In related news, I’ve had a stomach ache for about 39 1/2 continuous hours.
Finally, if you click anywhere on the remainder of this sentence you will have an opportunity to also simultaneously think that Jason Linkins is a total badass and be totally depressed about a lot of things you wish weren’t always so depressing.
P.S. Below is proof of paragraph four …
P.P.S. You also have plans on Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/206242276125015/