I just came across this great site, grooveshark.com. It seems too good to be true. A lot of these free streaming music sites, allow you to stream a song once and then you have to pay 9.95 a month. (Although imeem.com is free through and through) But this site seems legit, as you only have to deal with ads that run on the side. I’m actually going to use it to upload my own music, just to venture away from myspace for a change, change up the clientele so to say.
But this kind of site really makes me wonder about copyright and how these artists are actually getting paid? At 3 dollars a month to get rid of the ads and just what the ads pay in general, I suppose a certain percentage is paid to the bands record label each time a song gets a hit? I’m not that well versed in copyright, but this makes sense, especially as these sites pop up more frequently and the paradigm of terrestial radio gradually fades away.
So it comes down to you getting a phone with the net and then you’re all set, as your able to create playlists on the fly. Seems too easy, cheap, but it’s the state of music. I guess as I’m a child of the 80s when you had to pay for tapes/Cds with your allowance, menial jobs, it seems odd. Then you have kids born after ’98 let’s say who to them this is just expected, the media norm. I think a book needs to be written on comparing the varying modes of music consumption from decade to decade…well this is kind of what Chuck Klosterman does, in a broad sense? But it would be more of a psychological approach, maybe too dry?
But from what I’ve read it seems free with unlimited streaming. Check it out either wey.
This is a good article that really makes it known that live concerts on demand is fastly approaching. I’ll predict that in 20 years bands will play “live shows” in front of green screens and each user will be able to program their very own backdrop. Then popular music will totally be reduced to an all out gimmick.
But until then it seems that we will be able to stream bands like U2 straight from youtube in real time. I think this is a cool feature and I wouldn’t be surprised if bands put some kind of access code on their physical cds which will allow listeners one free live show to be viewed online.
People will of course want to see their favorites in the flesh, but for someone that lacks the time/money (mostly money) this will put a renewed interest in physical cds, art work, and presentation in general.
Or in let’s say 2100 bands will start to clone themselves and you will be the director of your own music video/live show. Allowing each user the unique ability to hear any song they want, even with the option of on demand improvisation! This will be the complete fusion of Rockband and real live rock bands.
Imeem.com and Pandora.com are two prime examples, coupled with blackberry’s and other wifi phones coming out every day now, of how the music industry is definitely done for. Right now as I write this I’m listening to the album “Her Majesty” by the Decemberists. The whole album streaming; no 30 second previews. Track by track, I can bounce around if I like. But it took me less than 45 seconds to pull up the album on Imeem. So who’s to say I couldn’t have had my phone plugged into my car and at a stop light just did a quick search for ANY album?
Of course I could because the technology currently exists and I don’t see how many bands will be able to turn a hard profit in the coming years OR ever again? Of course people go to college for marketing and just as people are creative in coming up with new music listening alternatives, an equal amount of creative energy could be spent on how to still get a dime out of you for streaming just about any song. Granted, but still it’s neat to see the industry pull a complete 180 in my life. Considering I’m an 80s kid, when the CD was just starting to emerge. The age of mix tapes and hard sought after bootlegs.
I’m no disciple of Lars Ulrich though. I think this paradigm shift is a great thing as music becomes more of what it was ever intended to be: An accompaniment to life, not a wholesale commodity to be slopped off to the consumer. Musicians play and write music because they often have relatively small interest in making millions (or becoming part of a housing association anytime soon) to begin with; Just enough to subsist off of, or even playing music in addition to whatever job they may have.
Think of music before it was ever sold in individual packets. Familes learned and played music together, as it was more of a simple activity to engage in. The idea of having it as your career for your whole life must have been absurd. I think as a whole we’re returning to this mode of thinking. The rock star is clearly dead and music may just start to bridge the gaps between people rather than further isolating them in overly narcissistic ways.