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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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The post where we get all conspiratorial about Spotify vs the record industry

This comes from Music Ally’s daily newsletter.

Call us terrible cynics if you like, but there’s an argument that making these credits public – including the inaccurate ones – is Spotify not-so-subtly getting this dirty laundry out in the open: so songwriters can see when they’re credited wrongly or not at all, with the guilty source (i.e. the label) listed right below it,” we wrote on Friday.

“It reminds us of the moment in 2013 when Spotify published a figure for its average per-stream payout – between $0.006 and $0.0084 at the time – while also making play-counts public on its service. The company didn’t explicitly say to artists ‘Now you can calculate how much your streams should have earned, and compare that to what your label tells you’, but it was a clear implication.”

Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Read more here.




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