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Thread #172889   Message #4201072
Posted By: GUEST,Howard Jones
16-Apr-24 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
Subject: RE: Tech: Do people still print or buy CDs?
I'll sometimes stream stuff to explore new music, but if I want to own it I always buy CDs. I might then copy them to my phone/computer for convenience, but I prefer to have a physical product. I still have my LP collection for that matter. I'll miss having a CD player in my car when I eventually change it.

For musicians it's essential to be on Spotify and other streaming platforms to showcase your music, and it can then lead to sales and gigs, but the payments for streams themselves are barely visible to the naked eye, even before Spotify stopped any payments at all for tracks which don't get much play.

For example, a stream of one my my band's tracks on Spotify paid $0.00420939. That's before Paypal fees and currency conversion to £. That's then shared five ways. Fortunately it's self-released so we don't have to give half away to a record label. We're not trying to make a living from it, but it would be nice to get back the costs of recording eventually.