Respected musician David Byrne outlined his thoughts on the music streaming debate in an article for The Guardian, published on October 11. His summary, “The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today’s artists across the creative industries”.
He does not have an answer to the perceived problem, but highlights his belief that many new artists will struggle financially to survive in the music industry.
See the whole Guardian article here.
David Byrne raises valid issues for content creators with streaming services. However, the technology is here and streaming sites exist, and will continue to do so. The internet has opened avenues not previously accessible to musicians. On the other hand, the internet makes many people believe that creativity doesn’t matter. Streaming’s still in it’s infancy, much will happen over the next few years. Only one thing is clear*, we want creative talent and real music.
(*although not clear if MP3, listened to on a smartphone)