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Another artist leaves Spotify

July 15, 2013

We’ve said right from the start that Spotify is a nothing but the tired, old, dying mainstream music industry dressing itself up as a player in the new digital economy but actually being at least as bad for musicians and small labels as the old world ever was. Many indie labels have already pulled all their stock from Spotify because of the staggeringly low levels of royalties paid.

Today, we hear that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled his solo songs and those with his group Atoms For Peace from Spotify, complaining that “new artists get paid fuck all with this model”.

Producer Nigel Godrich said: “The music industry is being taken over by the back door. And if we don’t try and make it fair for new music producers and artists, then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system.”

Thom Yorke said: “Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.”

Guardian newspaper report

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2013 11:32 am

    its not exactly true, i get paid from spotify… the money i get from my cd-baby account mostly comes from spotify… but you need 1000 plays for a $…. hahaha… peanuts? no, even less, just the shells of it… (but every single click of just 0.001 $ is documented!) so i got 50 $ already in 2 years… on bandcamp, there are not yet 2 $ in near the same period… my experience, better get 0.1 cent for a click then nothing from a ‘name your price-offered download’… the problem is not spotify, the problem is that nobody’s willing to pay for music anymore! they pick a download just when it is free. it seems, music has a lower value then a beer…

  2. July 15, 2013 11:53 am

    We do OK from name-your-own-price on Bandcamp. We’ll never get rich from it but when we release an album about 10% of people choose to pay initially and then it tails off. We set no minimum but many people are generous. From more traditional sources, the best royalties come from (surprisingly, perhaps) Amazon and iTunes. I still believe Spotify to be a full-on con, though. It only works for well-established artists with a back catalogue. Any niche artists like us will earn nothing.

  3. July 15, 2013 12:24 pm

    yeah you’re right amazon and itunes generates the most income, even when the customer pay the highest price there… but you can reach more people on this places…

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