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Apple Proposes New Streaming Music Royalty Structure

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

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    Robert Levine, writing for Billboard, about Apple’s new proposed royalty structure for streaming music services:

    Apple’s suggested royalty structure would make accounting simpler and more transparent, but it would also make it more costly to run a free service, since streaming companies would have to pay a minimum rate, rather than a percentage of revenue. The current system arguably benefits Spotify and YouTube, since their free tiers don’t generate much revenue compared to paid services.

    Seems win/win for Apple here: They score points with artists, and they make Spotify look bad.

  2. Anticitizen7

    Please be kind. Like actually kind though.

    I'm all for restructuring the revenue model, and I can easily see Apple being the ones to do it successfully.