Title: Spotify to Indie Labels: “We’re an Alternative to Piracy”
Article by: Brenna Ehrlich
Spotify is catching flack from indie labels who feel that their sales are negatively affected in places where Spotify is up and running. Mode Records, a contemporary classical and jazz music label agrees, saying that if you like and care about artists you should be buying their album in stores (retail or online) or buying their single from iTunes. Mode Records goes on to say that pop music can survive on music streaming services, but because of volume of consumption, indie music cannot.
Spotify argues that they are an alternative to piracy and that they monetize an audience that would otherwise by obtaining music through piracy.
For some labels and artists, it seems there will be a constant battle with music streaming services.