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A country music singer says streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music makes it hard to earn a living.
Singer Songwriter Annie Bosko told us as people move away from purchasing singles and albums musicians have to
“It’s kind of where we are right now,” Bosko said. “The music is essentially free and it’s going to become even more free.”
Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Soundcloud are increasingly becoming the places music fans listen to music. Subscriptions to Apple Music is roughly the price of one album purchased on iTunes. Sales of entire albums is almost unheard of today as most fans will purchase only the singles they like. Spotify, Pandora and Soundcloud have free versions and YouTube is the most popular place for people to listen to music for free.
“I have kind of come to the conclusion that I’m going to make most of my living off touring, live shows and publishing and not so much selling records,” said Bosko who’s opened or sang backup to Darius Rucker, Adele, Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley and others.
Other artists say most of the revenue they and the record companies see come by way of merchandise sold at concerts and shows.
However, Bosko said streaming services aren’t all bad for singers just starting out or trying to get noticed by fans.
“A Lot of people found out about me because of Spotify, so even if it is decreasing the amount of money I make in downloads, the exposure that it’s given me is amazing,” she said.
The most popular artists such as Drake, Adele and Taylor Swift do sell singles and albums on iTunes and the Google Play Store. Swift pulled her music from Spotify and sales of her records shot up in iTunes. Some reports showed her music accounted for as much as 25% of iTunes downloads immediately following the release of her last album.