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Spotify’s 15 million songs: What doesn't  it include? 

The cool new kid in town is Spotify and no one can stop talking about it.  And rightfully so.

The interface is prettier and easier to navigate than, say, Napster. And the social connection component is what sets it apart.

But how vast is its library compared to Napster’s?

I decided to search for songs I posted on my music blog, Morning Mellow, on both services. 

 

This is by no means a scientific study. It was more to sate my own curiosity – and I was surprised:

Songs I found on Napster, but NOT Spotify:

Peter Gabriel: Book of Love

Damien Rice: Under the Tongue

Feist and Ben Gibbard: Train Song

Jack Savoretti: Russian Roulette

Colin Hay: Waiting for my Real Life to Begin

The Perishers: Never Bloom Again

Josh Rouse: Quiet Town

Vienna Teng: Blue Caravan

Greg Laswell: Comes and Goes (In Waves)

Bedouin Soundclash: 12:59 Lullaby

 

( I stopped at 10)


Songs I found on Spotify but NOT Napster: 

Kate Rogers: Big Mouth Strikes Again

Metric: Gimme Sympathy (Acoustic)

 

Songs I found in neither:

Annie Little: Fly Me Away

Sandrine Kiberlain: M’envoyer des fleurs

Ed Laurie: Meanwhile In The Park

Rosi Golan ft. William Fitzsimmons: Hazy 

 

Takeaway: Don’t rule out Napster just yet.

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Downloaded: How Napster Conquered the World, How the World Conquered Napster, and Where We Are Now

Director Alex Winter’s documentary on file-sharing service Napster mines the gray area between the tech people and the record industry to put the latter’s decline in historical perspective.

Read: Fast Company 

Downloaded, which is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and will see a VOD release on July 1.

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Kyle, Dan, & Woody talk to Official Charts about ‘Pompeii’ & Streaming Data (June 2014)

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Are they gonna take away our music?

Frankly, it’s all rather obscure and arcane. But government policy makers and various players in the music industry are trying to update music copyright laws. These are the laws about who owns music, what can be done with it, how much radio and internet providers must pay when its played (royalties), what buyers can do with the music once they own it, etc. Essentially, these laws cover everything after a song is written and how we, the consumers, interact with it. And, unfortunately, we’re not talking much about these potentially seismic changes.

Here’s the back story. Songwriters are upset about how many folks cover their songs. And music industry groups like the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) are fuming because they don’t believe songwriters get paid enough from Internet radio like Pandora and streaming sites like rdio and Spotify. These groups feel like the current laws are too old and don’t work for the Internet age. And they want artists and writers to have a lot more control over when and how their work is available over the internet.

Look, I’m all for artists getting paid. But it’s been true for a long time that even with sales of CDs and records, artists and writers don’t get paid that much for their work and usually make most of their money through touring and sales of merchandise. The music industry has a long history of funny games with artists (think Motown). So actually I’m skeptical of the intentions of the music industry. They didn’t have the best response back when digital music first came around, and suddenly 80 year old grandmothers were getting sued for copyright infringement. Yes, many consumers illegally downloaded everything though this wasn’t the only reason that the music industry went into crisis. Many argue that Apple rescued the industry with iTunes—offering a convenient and legal platform for music. Now with streaming music like Soundcloud and rdio, it’s a whole different story. We’re consuming music left and right. It’s a feast and the promise of the internet where we have access to everything all the time. Even Apple sees this future and is getting into the game. Even when artists like Taylor Swift and Sam Smith keep their music away from streaming for a while, it still works out.

Now with this updating taking place, some of the proposals sound scary even if it’s a little opaque right now. And while nothing has been decided yet, it certainly sounds like your iTunes and your Spotify could be up for some major shakeups. I mean, it’s already annoying when songs come and go on Spotify. What is being proposed could make that process even worse, vastly more expensive and could potentially even kill streaming as a viable service. Awk.

Post by Matthew.