- they all have a limited catalog of artists and music that does not overlap with others, meaning they provide a narrowed view of the indie scene.
- most allow free streaming/listening, which means that no money again is generated for the artists, and of course when listeners can get music for free, they really have no incentive to go and buy the music.
- to supposedly address this issue, there is a new breed of platforms pretending to use the miracles of blockchain technology to generate money out of thin air, (while listeners are still not paying anything), but in the end, what they are really paying is just another form of monkey money that is difficult to exchange and will amount to nothing once the fad has faded and the artificially inflated “coins” values have disappeared.
- other platforms are only allowing streaming after a registration process, but then it’s hard to find real listeners willing to create accounts on a platform that has only a fraction of the music available, and is basically an unkwown when it comes to privacy and security, let alone functionalities.
- and then a lot of platforms have questionable terms and conditions including damning copyright waivers, asking artists to grant “worldwide, unlimited, royalty free, irrevocable, perpetual license” to the platform to “use, copy, edit, transmit, exploit” without limitation, including sublicense to any affiliate corporation, etc. When you read closely some of these terms and conditions, it’s pretty scary how broad and all encompassing they are, basically giving platforms every possible right over artists’ uploaded content.
So what’s the answer?
Ghostly Beard is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer from Montreal, Canada, part of the unsigned community, who is often writing about issues in the music industry and denouncing various pitfalls that indie artists encounter in their music journey on his blog.[from https://ift.tt/1n4oEI8]