In the course of the 1930s and 40s, playing records on the radio and in music boxes was a strongly disputed practice. Specifically for performers who made their living performing live-- playing on the radio and in nightclubs-- the fear was that radio royalties wouldn't come close to making up for the cannibalization of live crowds, and profits of sheet music and audios. Back then, many artists determined to take public standpoints to protect their source of incomes. Bandleader Fred Waring went as far as stamping his Victor recordings with the phrase "Not licensed for radio broadcast" in the mid-30s, and when he knew a Philadelphia station was playing them anyway, he took it to court. In 1939, ASCAP took all of its material from radio for numerous months, not able to settle on a greater royalty rate with disc jockeys. In response, broadcasters formed the BMI licensing agency, which filled its ranks with the hillbilly and R&B music that ASCAP wouldn't touch. In the 40s, indie label Decca Records pulled its records from radio in favor of equipping singles in music boxes. While performers' unions alleged that jukeboxes were putting live musicians out of work, many much smaller spots that petitioned toward the young, minority markets at soda fountains and bars were gaining the marketing perks of jukebox play.
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Streaming services give music-lovers access to millions of songs, but the services are not all alike. Online-radio versions, including Pandora and Apple's iTunes Radio, choose what consumers hear, and the firms make their revenues through advertising. Others, such as Spotify and Deezer, let customers select songs from a brochure of 20m-30m, charging premium customers a month to month fee. Free services that stream music videos, such as YouTube, also get plenty of play. All the variants pay the record labels some fraction of a penny each time someone clicks on a song.
Pulling one's catalog from Spotify-- or, at least, vociferously broadcasting complaints about their fairness to musicians-- has become the 21stcentury upgrade of those tricks during radio's first decades. In a piece distributed on Pitchfork in 2012, musician and writer Damon Krukowski criticize the landscape for DIY and indie artists in the 21st century, keeping in mind that "industrial capitalism on a [small] size" had given way to a model of "financial speculation" that aims to turn revenues for financiers on the backs of cheaply streamed material provided by artists. The former Galaxie 500 drummer also opened the books on his streaming royalties, showing how modest the payouts are for decidedly non-paltry numbers of plays.
As a performer who introduces your own records and writes your own music, you, of course, benefit economically from both interactive and non-interactive streams.
The music business has been a thriving business for years, but as with anything, problems crop up now and then that make life complicated for artists, fans, and producers, alike. Most recently, the topic of artist payout is accumulating some interest.
Streaming is also good news for independent labels, some of which are indulging in double the market share they had on CDs. It is also making it easier for music to go beyond national borders.