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Yesterday, I wrote about Neil Young's quip that "Internet is the new radio" and that piracy is how "music gets around." Of course, Neil gets

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The Machine Is Raging: Bob Lefsetz on How "Music Gets Around"

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Yesterday, I wrote about Neil Young's quip that "Internet is the new radio" and that piracy is how "music gets around." Of course, Neil gets all the attention for making such a statement. Ah, the power of celebrity! Meanwhile, plenty of folks have been grumbling about this same thing for years, namely Bob Lefsetz, an industry analyst and all-around shit-stirrer. As an addendum to my post from yesterday, here is an excerpt from a blog rant Lefsetz wrote yesterday illustrating the power of discovery online, the access to free music, and how the Internet allows more artists to get paid than ever before, not just the mega-stars. Preach on, Brother Bob...

(M)ore people are recording than ever before and it's easier to hear their music and more ways to pay them if people like it.

I heard this Kila track, "Electric Landlady", on Sirius XM's Spectrum last night. Now Sirius XM is a service that not only charges listeners, but pays copyright holders and performers. That's all good. But without Spotify, without YouTube, that track would have gone into the ether, I probably never would have heard it again.

I'd never heard of the act, never mind the track, but I liked it.

I typed the title on my hand-set, sent myself an e-mail and just checked out the cut on Spotify, then looked up the band on Wikipedia.

It was all news to me.

And it ain't exactly rock and roll, but I like it. And I've played "Electric Landlady" five times already on Spotify.

Today, it's easy to spread the word. Sure, there's more information than ever, but with so many people listening, a certain amount rises up. Maybe not to the top, but to the point where the creators can get paid. Maybe not as much as in yesteryear, but in the old days those stars were the only ones getting paid. Now the wealth is shared.

 
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