When I discovered Spotify, the way I listened to music changed. I had been a dedicated user of iTunes before it launched, and I constantly updated my iPod. When Spotify came out, I couldn’t believe that everything I used to pay to listen to was now all right there for my enjoyment. At first, I used Spotify to preview new albums of artists I liked before I bought it on iTunes. iTunes only allows 30 seconds to a minute to preview a song. Now, I rarely open my iTunes account. Occasionally, I’ll still buy an album by my favorite band so I can have it on my phone without need of a wifi connection, but that’s about the extent of my use. I love how on Spotify I can listen to an entire album, and I think that occasional 30-second commercials are a small price to pay. They are so non-invasive that I have never even felt the need to buy Spotify premium. I mostly listen to music while doing work on my laptop, so the free app where I can literally listen to almost anything is always available to me. I also find the app a lot more extensive. Features such as the “Discover” tab allow me to easily sample artists similar to ones I already like, and I have found several new bands that I really like in this way. The radio app is more diverse than Pandora or the iTunes radio option. The app even updates me on upcoming concerts of bands I like that are going to Chicago.
To further the spread of new music, developers J Hausmann, Nate Gagnon, and interactive art director Jordan decided to create the website “forgotify.” Awhile ago, Spotify revealed that 20% of the songs in their library had never been played. The website uses a program that searches for songs with a zero popularity rating, meaning they’ve never been played once, and provides it for people to listen to. Once a song has been played, it is removed from the website. Considering that Spotify pays artists between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream of a song, these artists probably aren’t getting much payout by having their music on Spotify, but some recognition is at least beneficial. I will admit that when I heard how little artists receive from Spotify, I felt a little guilty about using it as my primary mode of listening. It has inspired me to buy albums I really enjoy on iTunes, which compensates artists more. With the rise of new media must come increased consideration for the rights of musical artists to be paid for their work in a fair manner.
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