There’s a lot of “best of” and “what happened in 2011” lists floating around the Internet now that its 2012. If you are like me, you’re curious but can’t stand reading a top 100 list featuring 87 other people you don’t know or care about. Thankfully, we live in a world where infographics exist. They’re such a great way to get a clear point across, and easily sharable thanks to social media. If an infographic can make your life easier, why not let it? Here’s a couple I found dealing with recent news stories in our industry.
If you pay attention to Spotify‘s terms of service (I’m sure you read those) you’ll notice that a couple of things are changing:
The Spotify Service can be accessed (i) as an ad-supported free-to-the-user service having no monthly cap on listening hours or a cap on number of plays of a unique track during the first 6 months following creation of your Spotify account but thereafter a cap of 10 listening hours per month and a cap of 5 plays per unique track …
So basically the unlimited free music thing is a no-go? 10 hours a month is nothing in a lot of people’s opinions. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when fans actually realize whats going on. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the companies ready to take over the top spot from Spotify should they stumble and fall.
The Geography of Good Music
Does it matter where you make your music? A study by a doctoral urban planning student at UCLA thinks it does. This infographic is based on Pitchfork‘s reviewers and critics top 100 singles of 2011. He basically counted the number of hits and hit-producing acts out of a particular area, and came up with this. I wonder how much of the list represents actual talent verses really good marketing?? It’s my job to ponder these things. What do you guys think?
EMI is joining Sony Music, Warner Music Group, and Universal in suing Grooveshark. It has been 3 years since Grooveshark and EMI reached a licensing agreement. In those three years, Grooveshark failed to make one royalty payment or provide any type of financial information, as per their agreement. EMI is seeking unspecified damages and royalties.
Grooveshark needs to get their act together, but let this be a lesson for all independent artists out there. There are many companies in the industry who achieve their bottom line by finding excuses not pay out royalties. Here’s how much artists make in royalties online compared to physical distribution channels. Let me just say, this is why Altavoz is such a strong believer in physical.