You may have heard artists like Thom Yorke and David Byrne rage against the rise of streaming music services and how they’re hurting the music business.
“Yes, of course, they’d wail like that,” you say, “because their old source of revenue–the selling of music in either physical or digital form–is cutting into their incomes. But these guys have made their money. The real victims in this are up-and-coming artists. Streaming will be the death of them!”
Really? That’s not the opinion of Ron Pope, an indie artist out of New York City. He’d like to share his experiences.
He goes on in a very honest fashion. He sounds pretty happy with the new emerging status quo. Read more at Digital Music News.
But what about here in Canada? Outside of Songza (full disclosure: I work for them so I’m privvy to monthly user statistics–and they’re very good), streaming music has yet to make any kind of meaningful impact in the Canadian marketplace. Only Songza and Deezer have a physical presence in this country. Rdio had one rep based out of Toronto but she was let in a restructuring; the Canadian operations are now run out of San Francisco. Slacker has Canadian freelance curators, but their office in San Diego. Pandora? Fuggedaboutit. And while the US and Europe are enamored with Spotify, there’s no sniff of them coming to Canada.
Hell, Nielsen Soundscan doesn’t even release weekly streaming figures like they do for the US. “No demand from the industry,” they say.
By almost any measure, Canadians are way, way behind the rest of the world when it comes to boarding the streaming bandwagon. Why? We’re all over streaming video through Netflix, so why the lack of uptake on streaming music?
FYI Music News takes a look at the situation. This is a fascinating read.
For those attending Canadian Music Week this year, I’ll be moderating a panel called “Why Can’t We All Get Along” which will tackle many of the issues outlined in the FYI article. It could get loud.