Last month I sparked a lot of great conversations on my Facebook page when I shared this post I wrote about Spotify. Several of the bands I follow have been railing against it and other music streaming services lately – for good reason! They get paid next to nothing off things like Spotify, Pandora or Rdio. (Don’t believe me? Check out Quiet Company’s Facebook post from earlier this week where they shared how much they’ve made recently from Pandora.)
But as a music fan (and blogger) I find these sites, Spotify in particular, to be very useful tools. While I do pay my $9.99 to subscribe to Spotify every month, I don’t consider it my new personal music library but rather a great resource for sharing music, legally, with you here on the blog. It’s also a fairly universal place I can point a friend or reader to so they can listen to the bands I ramble on about – a great place to wet your whistle, if you will, for all the local music I share.
I say all this because this post is a follow-up to that ongoing conversation. Yeah, it’s all fine and well to discover new music through these services and even subscribe to them. But if you love a band – I mean really love a band – it’s not enough to obsess over that one heartbreakingly perfect lyric. You’ve got to get proactive and show the band that you love their music.
Sounds great! Let’s do it. But how? Here are my five very simple (and effective) ways you, as an ever-lovin’ music fan just like me, can help support the bands you love: [Read more…]