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Spotify’s Sean Parker & Daniel Ek Discuss Artist Compensation, Apple & Playlists — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

Spotify’s Sean Parker & Daniel Ek Discuss Artist Compensation, Apple & Playlists

From this week’s All Things Digital Conference comes an interview with Spotify’s Daniel Ek and the OG record industry disruptor of Napster fame, Sean Parker.

Spotify’s 18 million song catalog is adding 10-20,000 songs a day and still the question looms whether the artists are getting a fair share of the deal.

As streaming music services rise in popularity and more files are stored up in the cloud, Sean Parker and Daniel Ek want to make one thing clear: The CD is dead and gone. The playlist is the new CD.

That much makes sense, given that the two are the main proponents behind Spotify, one of the largest active streaming music services available. However popular, though, not everyone is in love with Spotify: There are questions of artists being dissatisfied with the compensation they receive from the labels who license their music to Spotify. And there’s also the possibility that Apple played a role in keeping Spotify out of the U.S. for more than two years.

Check out the highlights from Parker and Ek in conversation with Walt Mossberg at our D: All Things Digital conference.

h/t: All Things D



  1. shane says:

    Is it me, or did they completely sidestep the major question of why they won’t pay artists? Spineless. Pretty clear that these guys have no intention of compensating the people who make the “content” for their service, despite making increasingly big profits from their users.

    • disaster says:

      Although they’re not big payments they do make their payments to the labels but a lot of times that money doesn’t make it from the label to the artists….this needs to be fixed!

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