Apple Music versus Spotify – who are the REAL bad guys ?

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I recently wrote a post called Apple Music – will indie artists get their share, which prompted some interesting discussion. But the same questions can and should also be asked of Spotify.

Taylor Swift made this point recently in a Vanity Fair interview, and as a result Spotify​’s VP of Content and Distribution Sachin Doshi, got asked some tough questions in a new post on the Music Business Worldwide site.

He answered some of those questions, and carefully avoided answering some of the others directly. You can read the full post here:

Taylor Swift thinks Spotify is a “corporate machine”. You be the judge.

But here are a couple of quotes that jumped out at me:
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A $300 home studio? REALLY ?

I didn’t expect my last post to get me in trouble.

But it did.

It seemed simple enough – I was just letting you know that Graham from the Recording Revolution website had been interviewed on Pensado’s Place.

I included a brief intro to Graham, for people who didn’t already know him, and I mentioned that he recently set himself a challenge – to record a song using a home studio setup costing only $300. And that’s where the trouble started.

Because it turns out, some people don’t like that idea !

They don’t believe that you can get great results using affordable gear, and they think Graham is deliberately misleading people by saying so. Telling them what they want to hear, rather than being realistic and honest.

So, what’s my opinion?

It’s a nice idea, sure, and Graham’s mix sounded pretty good – but can you really get good sound in a home studio costing only 300 dollars, especially when you put it under the microscope for mastering ? REALLY ?

I decided to find out. Watch the video above to hear the results for yourself, and let me know what you think in the comments…

Apple Music – will indie artists get their fair share ?

Everybody is talking about Apple Music today.

There are people who are excited, people who are unimpressed and people who are actively critical of yet more “corporate” activity in music.

People who think Apple can save the music business, people who think streaming is already killing what’s left of the music business, and people who think music isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about business at all.

I have sympathies with all these viewpoints, in varying amounts.

Then there are the questions:

  • Will the social features be any good ?
  • Will the “curated” content be worth listening to ?
  • Will people stay subscribed, after the free introductory period ?
  • What will the price be outside the US ?
  • How much of that money will get to the artists ?

…and many more.

I have no idea about the answers to any of these, but that last question is the really important one, from where I sit.

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Why Spotify’s ‘set the same volume level for all tracks’ option is back, and why it matters

Since I originally wrote this post, Spotify have listened to their users, and restored their ‘set the same volume level for all tracks’ option to the Advanced Preferences of their desktop app.

And that’s good news, because:

  1. It means that Spotify users care about loudness
  2. They said so, and
  3. Spotify have listened to them.

All you need to do to take advantage of this improvement is update to the latest version and restart Spotify.


We’re not out of the woods yet.

Because Spotify’s implementation of normalisation still sucks, big-time – that’s why getting why this preference option back was so important.

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