RIAA now says `total music revenue grew 18% to $5.4 billion in the first half of 2019, with streaming music accounting for 80% of industry revenues`.

That is the same RIAA that said music streaming will kill the industry, (along with cassette tapes, blank CDs & MP3s).

@MatejLach ...And how much of that revenue went to musicians?

(My guess: very little, because streaming pays notoriously poorly.)

@artsyhonker Yeah, also because of the way the publishing agreements tend to be written, where the music publisher gets something close to 80% of that revenue, since in their words, they took considerable risk, (uploading a file to Spotify).

@MatejLach Indeed. I recommend Bandcamp if you want to support musicians more directly!


@artsyhonker So I used to stream, but then I got into higher-end audio and so started building a personal music servers to have FLAC quality source of music, which, luckily Bandcamp is the go-to place for, so am glad to hear it actually matters.

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