Why I Still Buy Music...Digging Deeper

So, I recently launched a VLOG series called 'Color Commentary' where I share thoughts on various topics...so far they've been topics focused around music, entertainment, creativity and the industry that surrounds it all, but they may not all stick to that format in the future.

Really, I'm looking at this as a bit of an experiment, and an opportunity to start conversations around various topics. This week, I wanted to dive into a conversation that I believe is crucial to the survival of the music industry which is the disparity between how much an artist can earn from streaming vs. sales.  One of my goals was for this episode to be slightly shorter than the last, but I also wanted to dive a bit deeper (which I'm doing here, thank you for reading!) and get into why I believe this topic is so important.

I will say that I spent a lot of time and energy thinking about how to attack this conversation, and I decided to simply explain why I still buy music, and why I still feel it's so important. To be clear though, I'm not condemning streaming companies, and I'm not discouraging people from streaming - I spend a couple moments towards the end of the video explaining what I love specifically about Spotify, who have been great about creating a platform that adds value for artists themselves...something that digital stores tend not to do.

This is precisely why the conversation is so important: people have said that streaming will be the 'death' of the music industry, and I completely disagree.  If we are able to adjust the laws and operating model around the way streaming revenue is tracked and distributed so that artists are getting a bigger piece of the pie, streaming could actually save the music industry before it implodes.

So there you have it...you can watch the video by clicking on the image above, and I would love it if you would join the conversation!

See you in the comment thread! ;-)

-Will

3 comments

  • Lauren Creech

    Lauren Creech Renton, WA

    I rarely stream music and as such haven't subscribed to any music services that aren't included in a package that I pay for for other primary needs (Amazon Prime and Google). I much prefer to actually purchase albums on CD, LP, or better yet DVD-Audio (pretty rare to find good music in this format) so that I can listen to the music in full fidelity without the lossiness of digital formats.

    I rarely stream music and as such haven't subscribed to any music services that aren't included in a package that I pay for for other primary needs (Amazon Prime and Google). I much prefer to actually purchase albums on CD, LP, or better yet DVD-Audio (pretty rare to find good music in this format) so that I can listen to the music in full fidelity without the lossiness of digital formats.

  • Paul K Saunders

    Paul K Saunders Scottsdale

    I agree buying music will always be important to me snd many others - so will going out to see artists perform we have to support live music Paul K Saunders New Music Lives

    I agree buying music will always be important to me snd many others - so will going out to see artists perform we have to support live music

    Paul K Saunders
    New Music Lives

  • Ships Have Sailed

    Ships Have Sailed

    Paul, Lauren, you both make excellent points...and I admit I didn't get the chance to cover physical forms of music or live performances, both of which are some of my favorite ways (personally) to consume music myself...maybe this tees up a 'Part 2' of this topic! :-) Thanks so much to both of you for your feedback! -Will

    Paul, Lauren, you both make excellent points...and I admit I didn't get the chance to cover physical forms of music or live performances, both of which are some of my favorite ways (personally) to consume music myself...maybe this tees up a 'Part 2' of this topic! :-)

    Thanks so much to both of you for your feedback!
    -Will

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