How Taylor Swift Is Educating the Nation’s Grandpas About Spotify

You may not care about Taylor Swift or her presence on Spotify, but removing all her music from the service has had a curious side effect-it’s educating the average consumer about how little artists make from streaming services! I was in physical therapy this morning and heard two grandfathers discussing Spotify, all because of the publicity from Taylor Swift’s decision.


I found it very interesting that they both agreed Swift was in the right; one of them observed that she was being “a smart cookie” by pulling out of Spotify, since he heard the news conjecture it would lead to more album sales for her. Both men said they’d never heard of Spotify before this controversy, but that artists should be paid more. It was fascinating to listen in on the discussion, especially after one of them found it so interesting he proceeded to start ANOTHER conversation about it with the next person he ran into while working out. Clearly Taylor Swift left an impression on him.

But it also highlights that what we may know as technologically savvy people (streaming music pays less), the average person isn’t necessarily noticing, and it took arguably one of the biggest stars today to get anyone talking about it! And should you find yourself looking up Taylor Swift’s music as a result and being horrified that you like it, there’s always Swiftamine!

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1 Comment on "How Taylor Swift Is Educating the Nation’s Grandpas About Spotify"

  1. One thing I have noticed is the ‘weasel words’ used by Spotify every time this comes up … they talk about sending 70% to ‘rights owners’ … but we have seen report after report about how little actually goes to the artists – because by ‘rights owners’ they mean the labels. Sort of like how when big buyouts happen the artists whose music is impacted see nothing. Basically digital streaming has forced the services into negotiating with the labels, and the labels are trying to use this as a way of sustaining their former lifestyles, and doing it at the expense of artists.

    So in a way Taylor Swift is right – even if I think this is yet another arm of her massive multi-million dollar PR push that will result in record album sales but no real profits (again).

    The problem? She has perhaps the top fan-base in the world right now, and they are willing to buy albums (even one as mediocre as 1989, really when ‘shake it off’ is by far the best song … not good), so she will have the first platinum album this year … in November. But for others? Taking a stance like this means … piracy once again. It is very hard when fewer and fewer artists make most of the money (<1% of releases account for 75% of sales) to stand on principal.

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