Reflections On Streaming Rip-Offs by Mitch Santell
Every month I put out 14.99 and pay it directly to Apple, Inc. for a family streaming plan.
The reality is only some of your money is paid to the artists you listen to.
The rest of your money (and it’s probably most of your money) goes somewhere else. That “somewhere else” is decided by a small group of subscribers who have gained control over your money thanks to a mathematical flaw in how artist royalties are calculated. This flaw cheats real artists with real fans, rewards fake artists with no fans, and perhaps worst of all communicates to most streaming music subscribers a simple, awful, message: Your choices don’t count, and you don’t matter.
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