The founding member and co-lead vocalist of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby has been up in arms at the Swedish-based audio streaming and media services provider, Spotify, calling the administration of the platform ‘thieves.’
The old hand rock and folk guitarist, David Crosby, has lately surprised his fans by revealing that he’s highly angry at the most popular audio streaming platform, Spotify, during one of his traditional Q&A sessions on Twitter.
Renowned for his critical views about a wide range of topics on social media, Crosby previously reacted harshly to one a fan who sent him a song via Spotify. The singer said that he’s not joining Spotify to listen and requested his fan to send him the song another way.
After that, another follower of him commented upon Crosby’s rough attitude by saying he, himself, spends more on music because of Spotify. The fan continued and admitted that he couldn’t even begin to count the number of bands he bought tickets for because of low discovery costs.
David Crosby has responded to his fan shortly after by defending and explaining his own thought. Calling Spotify the ‘thieves,’ Crosby wanted fans to imagine how they would react if they were paid only a nickel for working a whole month. They are making tons of money and not sharing with the folks who create the music, Crosby added.
As you may know, Spotify has attracted significant criticism since its 2008 launch mainly over artist compensation. Unlike physical sales or downloads, which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the artist’s ‘market share,’ the number of streams for their songs as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service.
The platform distributes approximately 70% of its total revenue to rights holders, who then pay artists based on their individual agreements. Multiple artists have criticized the policy, most notably Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift, who temporarily withdrew their music from the service.
Here’s what the Crosby fan stated about Spotify and their high charges:
“I spend more on music (e.g. live shows) because of Spotify. The number of bands I bought tickets for because of low discovery costs, I couldn’t even begin to count. Plus those ticket costs have gone up dramatically.”
David Crosby responded as:
“Spotify are thieves… If you did your job for a month and they paid you a nickel? You’d be pissed… And I am. They are making tons of money and not sharing with the folks who create the music.”
You can see the tweets below.
Spotify are thieves …..if you did your job for a month and they paid you a nickel ? …you’d be PISSED …and I am. ..they are making tons of money and not sharing with the folks who create the music https://t.co/SIC4lPhzUo
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) November 15, 2020