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Spotify makes revenue from pirates who will never pay
« on: May 31, 2014, 07:03:13 am »

I think if spotify hasn't done anything to decrease piracy, it must have decreased album sales, maybe that's why they're under attack

Spotify's chief in Australia has hit back at suggestions that reasonably priced streaming services have done little to reduce piracy. “If you look at the main audience that is on Spotify, a lot of them are former pirates," Kate Vale said. "There are teenagers who have potentially never paid for their music before, and probably never will."

In the continuing piracy debate one thing has been established beyond reasonable doubt. If an entertainment producer wants to make any dent in piracy, at the very least they’re going to have to make their products readily available at a fair price.

This argument has gathered serious momentum in Australia during the past few years, with local consumers regularly criticizing international TV and movie companies for shipping products Down Under months after release and then charging unrealistic prices.

But in a recent opinion piece, the principal analyst at local music royalty collection outfit APRA AMCOS disputed whether the arrival of services like Spotify that give consumers what they want, have actually done anything to reduce piracy rates.

“Music’s had everything everybody now wants for television shows, such as Game of Thrones, for a couple of years: availability, access and a reasonable price. But the piracy issue still has not been solved,” Andrew Harris wrote.

“In fact, results last month from our ongoing national research show that music piracy levels – just as they were almost two years ago – still sit at around the same level as that of movies and television shows.”

Noting that Spotify offers content in Australia at the moment it’s released around the world and does so at one of the best prices, Harris arrives at a familiar conclusion.

“We’ve heard it all before. No matter how loud the minority might shout it in anger as the answer, it’s impossible to compete with free.”

Unsurprisingly that notion doesn’t sit well with Spotify, a company that was designed from the ground up to compete with piracy.

Responding to Harris’s assertions in Australian Financial Review, Spotify Australia and New Zealand chief Kate Vale said that the company’s experiences told a different story.

“We do believe that access, availability and price does contribute and is the answer and we have proven this in other markets across Europe and particularly in Sweden where we have seen a 30 per cent reduction in piracy since we launched about six years ago,” Vale said.

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Re: Spotify makes revenue from pirates who will never pay
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 05:47:19 pm »
Here again we see the greed factor at play, not content with getting airplay revenues, consumer sales, and all sorts of other revenues from sub-licencing an artists work these people want umpteen bites of the cherry and are looking to try to get more money from spotify a company who's shareholders are all recording industry companies, this seems like a long term plan to drive spotify into charging for music and for those who might have used them to feel sorry and chip in a few quid a week or somesuch thus increasing the revenues for the record companies.

They want to convert the spotify userbase back into hard cash paying customers in short and this public infighting is simply a mechanism to try to acheive this, what fun and games  :/

Thers not much between youtube and spotify if your just listening is there folks.

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