Record companies have fucked the artists over since the beginning of time and when streaming came around, they did so once again and even worse this time by gaining nearly all revenue for themselves instead of finally having a chance to give the artists their fair share. If anything, those big companies need to be thrown to the side already. Seeing some indie artists thrive is great, but with the current lockdown, they're struggling as well and it's rough. Oh well, maybe some day...
Dr_Jones wrote: ↑Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:29 am
Another side-effect from releasing digital: look at the Vintage extended mix, Bourges tracks, even Remix EP1 and 2, they are all hard to get because digital amnesia is a thing.
There's a reason I have zero problems (illegally) downloading digital only releases. You have zero guarantee that you can still redownload it down the line. I've purchased a couple of albums on Google Play Music, since I could not find them online anywhere else. Now that service is killed in favour for YouTube Unlimited, the problem? I can transfer the license to stream the music to that service, but the download option is gone. All those albums are just gone as an option on my PC.
And while CD is a small business these days, records are doing pretty good and are often offered as multiple editions with coloured variants being the limited ones and selling out more often than not within no time. There's still a (small) market for physical goods, but the question is also, can you offer a enticing enough product that people are willing to spend the time, money and these days more importantly, space on.