Scott Alexander 
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http://ScottAlexanderMusic.com After studying classical bassoon at The Peabody Conservatory and ethnomusicology at UCLA, one might expect Oakland-based Scott Alexander’s songwriting to be atypical. His nonrepetitive… More »

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Re: “The High Cost of Free

I'm surprised how much illegal downloading is mentioned, and how little ad-supported streaming "services" are in this article. Services such as Pandora and Spotify do the same damage as illegal downloading but in a more severe way: they train people to think they are not paying for music and that to do so is unnecessary. At least the illegal downloaders have to opportunity to feel a sense of shame!

In the ad-supported model, not only do musicians essentially not get paid (fractions of a cent per stream), but music is no longer what generates value, instead it's the listers that are being sold to advertisers.

In the end, we all pay for the music we listen, the TV we watch, the social networks we log in to, and even the East Bay Express. Less of the money, however, goes to the content we love, and instead goes to the companies that are spending so much to create all that we try to tune out.

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Posted by Scott Alexander on 11/13/2013 at 5:51 PM

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