Having millions of music options right at your fingertips, the ability to make hundreds of playlists to fit your mood or occasion with access to them online, offline or right from your phone sounds like a dream. People have found themselves asking, “Seriously? This exists?” Yup, it’s Spotify.
This reasonably recent to evolve live streaming music site has been growing in popularity since its availability in the states in 2008. With over a million users and growing, other live streaming music sites are starting to watch Spotify.
Originally, created in Sweden, founder Daniel Ek wanted to develop a program to combat the country’s worrisome piracy issues, and Spotify was born.
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From a consumer standpoint, Spotify has minimal negative features; a 16 million track selection, upgrade packages for $5 and $10 per month, and the artists get paid through royalties, so it’s not stealing? Right?
Some musicians would say otherwise. One Todd Gautreau from the band Crushed Stars spoke out against Spotify on the Crushed Star’s Facebook page. Gautreau said the program was not providing independent artists with enough of royalty to be considered fair. He went on to tell Spotify does not encourage its subscribers to buy any of the music. More