Concerning your latest announcement
. Posted a copy
of this letter as a response.
So... what you are basically saying is you didn't understand why we are upset. You are presenting us with these new features, like they are a difficult compromise for you, while you probably should have implemented such features anyway. Nothing changes though, the discrimination and division of your sites community continues and you are committed to making a buck out of it. Doesn't sound good. It seems the protest goes on, then, with added fervour.
Points to ponder about:1.
Licenses, either use them or lose them.
- You pay a hand and a leg paying the copyright industry as licensing. You say you have the largest catalog of music online, you should then have all the muscle you need to throw them a bone. "Either you ease up with your demands or we stop playing your music. Plenty of free material around to use the collected scrobble data to recommend independent lesser known artists to people in our streams instead of yours."2.
Want to keep providing streams to all? Demand subscription for everyone wanting to hear licensed music. Provide free music streams to everyone.3.
Even if you make all streams subscriber-only it is more ethical than dividing listeners based on ad-revenues. (I'm having doubts about this being a good solution for artists though. See the followup
See, I didn't complain about those measly 3 euros. But actually, while I am on the topic of money, I'd like to give you a tip. If you chose any of the above 3, you'd probably make enough money to cover the costs even if the subscription fee was only 1 euros.
I know I forgot some keypoints in my argument, like API issues, On-demand streaming and describing how smaller artists lose when last.fm makes the global radio streams exclusive to only three countries. I will be adding interesting links here to further elaborate why we think the last.fm decision is detrimental to the community.
Links to other places (further reading):Why is streaming better...
(My own followup.)chilling effects on independent artists' publicity
How much are your scrobbles worth
? (compliments to franko-gap
)When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide.