Do You Own Your Playlist?
Date: June 29, 2012
Recently, an intern at NPR walked into the middle of an international debate by claiming that she has only purchased 15 CDs in her lifetime, though her "entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs." Read her post here. Her intent, I believe, was to point out that file sharing is wrong, that the age of physical CDs has ended (her post was in reply to another's about sending his physical music collection to the cloud), and that music streaming sites like Spotify need to compensate musicians well for their music.
Her short post created a furor of comments and blog posts, some supportive (read NPR's Robin Hilton's response) and some not. Plastered all over my friends' Facebook pages and Twitter feeds was this post from University of Georgia lecturer and Cracker lead singer David Lowrey. His missive about artist rights and illegal downloading begins:
How do you talk to your choir members about obtaining music? Do you ask them to purchase music (on CD or by paid download), or pay for streaming services? Do you send them to free content sites like Spotify and hope they will purchase music for their collection later? Do you provide listening resources for your members?