For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
@kara if some albums weren't asking for like $10+ (trust me that's quite a lot of money to ask me for) and if lots of rather mainstream artists weren't missing I would absolutely just use Bandcamp tbh
1. other places are too cheap.
2. we, the consumers, are used to that too-low-price.
3. for some, this is the price needed to survive.
4. some people are willing to pay that price.
I'm not anti-capitalist, but the capitalism we see is often a race-to-the-bottom, where prices of any goods (including music) are ever pushed downwards by a few large monoplist' platforms.
It's actually tricky i think, more privileged people can sink more resources into getting popular enough. Don't think it is necessarily the role of these services to compensate for that, but something has to exist for it? (this is a big topic, overlapping with education, i suppose, probably some things already exist)
@jasper IMO in case of bandcamp-vs-platform monopolies, I think Copyright is the problem here.
While I believe a pure market-function is very nice in theory, e.g. for someone making generic chairs, it quickly breaks down in practice. Im this case with things that are copyrighted.
Music, is monopolized through copyright. Which allows the holders to i) set any price they want and ii) licence the selling (exclusively) to platforms, causing more monopolies. 1/2
As such, producers/record corps can spend marketing costs more effectively. If you spend 1Million on pushing "ed sheeran", knowing it will make you 1 million and one dollar, you've still made money.
With "a generic chair" that is much more complex and harder: anyone can sell a better/cheaper version. resellers can set their own price etc. With copyrighted materials, the owner (record corp/artist) can control all this.
@jasper Not mentioned, but in case of "The Platforms", that marketing budget goes to the platforms mostly.
i.e. spotify gets a large share of the budget to promote on spotify. Worse even with Youtube/Google Play where google gets nearly all budget.
They are the winners. The loosers are the artists and the people buying their music.
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