from the you're-measuring-it-wrong dept
It seems quite odd that Billboard would leave this out of its analysis, instead, trying to position the streaming revenue as being so low as to be problematic. Yes, the numbers are low, but streaming radio acts as advertising for musicians that let's them make money in lots of other ways.
This is the same discussion we had last week when some people got too focused on the question of whether or not Spotify was making people buy more music. That's not the point. The point is whether or not streaming services make people buy more of anything that helps fund those musicians. Narrowly looking at just whether or not those streaming services pay musicians is really missing the point. It's like asking how much NBC paid BMW to air BMW commercials. The answer is nothing. The money went in the other direction, because that's where the real value was.