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What Movies Got Right About Streaming is Everything Music Got Wrong [Opinion]

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This article originally appeared on Haulix Daily.


Before I dive too deep into this piece, I want to stress that I am a huge supporter of streaming services in general. The age of streaming has made it possible for artists at every level to continue making money on older releases long after consumer interest in purchasing those titles has been depleted.

We can argue all day about whether or not the royalty rate is acceptable (it’s not), but that is another conversation for another time. Streaming provides a steady stream of income for artists even when they have nothing new to promote, which in turn makes it possible for more artists to continue creating even when their latest release is less than well received by the general public.

Okay? Okay.

The more I think about the digital age and how it has impacted the entertainment industry as a whole, the more I realize that the film industry may have handled the war against piracy far better than those working in music. Unless a film is being released on VOD (video on demand), those interested in seeing a new title still have to buy a ticket and visit a theater in order to experience the film immediately following its release.

Musicians, Please Stop Giving Out CDs (And What to Do Instead)

She may be smiling, but this girl's really thinking, "Thanks, but no thanks." (Image via Shutterstock)

As someone who writes about music, I get a lot of CDs. Sometimes they're mailed to me, but the majority of physical albums I receive come when I'm out at a concert, at a meeting, or at a conference. People walk up and hand them to me in the hopes that I’ll listen and perhaps feature the artist in some way.

This isn’t a “bad” idea in that it makes a lot of sense to give someone music if you want them to hear it, right? Sure, but I have something I need to admit to you: I never, ever listen to your CD. I really don’t. I’m sorry you wasted a copy of it, but that’s why I’m coming clean now.

5 Things You Need to Consider When Selling Gear So That You Don't Regret It Later

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You saved up for months to buy this beautiful instrument. Or, alternatively, you splurged on a credit card and then lived on beans and rice for months to make the payments. Either way, you put the work in to get pro-quality tools to advance your music. Now, for whatever reason, you’re thinking about moving on – you’re thinking about selling your gear. Whether it’s because you’re trading up, changing priorities, or just feeling like you need cash, there are a few things to watch out for so you don’t walk away with regrets.

Should Musicians Have a Backup Plan? 5 Reasons Why You Should Just Go for It

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How much do you hate your day job? Maybe you don’t hate it at all. There are lucky folks out there who are psychologists or attorneys by day and play in a band at night, and they’re completely happy. They feel well-balanced and fulfilled doing what they do. Then there are the rest of us: workers, strivers, many of us feeling blocked or drained by whatever we do to pay the bills.

Nobody needs a rehash of the reasons not to become a professional musician; you’re probably the one recounting them whenever a friend suggests that you just do what makes you happy. "But this, but that," you respond, thinking about rent payments and credit card bills. What about all the reasons to do it? What follows is a completely biased list of five reasons you should just go for it and become a pro.

Why Your Lust for Analog Gear Is Pointless

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Most musicians these days would jump at the opportunity to add pieces of vintage analog gear to their home studio. And why not? After all, what could be better than running your vocals through a real 1176 compressor, or mixing on a real Neve console? But what if using this equipment could actually work against you? What if it actually made your music sound worse, not better? If you’re set on buying some nice vintage equipment to complement your digital studio setup, here are a few points to take into consideration before you hand over the cash.