An Ode to Music Streaming
Taylor Swift and Spotify ended their partnership in 2014, and I am aware that this is old news. However, I chose to write this now because music streaming services are at their most prevalent having overtaken video sites in popularity. When she ended her relationship with Spotify, she said
“I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free”.
If something is free does this mean it has no value? Has Taylor never heard the quote, “the best things in life are free”? Of course she is not the only artist to have taken her work off streaming sites, but Taylor Swift completely missed the point back in 2014. Music should be free because it does possess value; why should something that is so influential be limited to those who can pay for it? As well as this, just because the music is free does not mean the artists do not get paid.
Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist.
More than just the benefit for listeners, we need to take time to consider the artists who have benefited from streaming services; it has allowed lesser known artists to further platform their music and give more people than ever before a chance to showcase their work and musical talent. Particularly with the emergence of devices such as Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’, finding new music has never been easier, regardless of whether it is already popular or not.
The way the music world spins is definitely changing, but people must remember that different does not always mean bad; the value of music cannot be underestimated and established artists should be working to spread and support new talent, rather than trying to dismantle these platforms for personal gain.
Post by Jess Williamson