Spotify has modified its policy on removing content because of “the most extreme artist controversies” or “hate”. The influential streaming site comprising millions of songs had established the policy amid public debate on treatment of women and other political topics. In modifying the policy, Spotify said the original language was “too vague”.
Consider all the content streaming sites on the Web. As users, we get to view videos, hear music, and read articles mostly for free. We may comment, or pass the content link along to our friends and followers. Beyond that, users get nothing, although without the users, sites like Facebook and Twitter would have little to ‘sell.’ TaTaTu has a new take for streaming—everyone gets a cut.
AWAL is getting some attention for its royalty model and for the fact artists retain rights to their recordings. Kobalt Music Group has combined its recording assets under the AWAL umbrella, having acquired that company in 2012. The focus is on indie music. So what does it take to get on board and what can an artist expect if that happens?
Now that the top dog in streaming music, Spotify, has chosen to go public, fans and artists may be asking themselves where the music business will go from here. While Spotify is far ahead of others like Apple Music in terms of subscribers, Spotify’s business model has been described as “shaky” by the likes of CNBC.