Talking of download v stream comparisons from artists… Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi’s Damon Krukowski is the latest to speak out against streaming, in an article for Pitchfork. “Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one – one – LP sale. (On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays)… Pressing 1,000 singles in 1988 gave us the earning potential of more than 13 million streams in 2012.” Krukowski, a paying Spotify subscriber himself, ends by suggesting that “I have simply stopped looking to these business models to do anything for me financially as a musician”. Yet on Friday at Billboard‘s FutureSound conference, fellow artist Zoe Keating had a different view on how the streaming firms can provide value for musicians: sharing data. “My music is available everywhere but I can’t get that data. How do I reach those casual listeners? That’s more valuable to me than some royalty,” she said. “Artists are getting hung up on the actual number.”

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