Payments to artists for streaming music do not come close to equalling income from downloads, at least in the short term. To make matters worse, the top 10% tracks account for 99% of all streams on Spotify. That means that the vast majority of tracks on the service get less than 1% of total plays. So, in the age of streaming, what can a responsible fan do to support the music they love?
Damon Krukowski of the band Galaxie 500 has some suggestions starting with thinking about where your dollars are going, even on a streaming music service like Spotify.
Pitchfork put together this animated primer on How To Be A Responsible Music Fan In The Age Of Spotify.