Everything music artists must know about downloading music vs streaming music online.

Everything music artists must know about downloading music vs streaming music online.

Remember the time when downloading music wasn’t so easy? There were very few dedicated sites for downloading music legally. And even there, the options were so limited.

Finding a classic song from the 50’s or 60’s was almost impossible. You’d spend hours scratching the depth of the world wide web, hoping and praying you’d find it.

But now, things have changed completely. All you have to do is open your favourite music app, type in the name, hit search and voila!

Music streaming and downloading apps have given the deteriorating music industry a rebirth of sorts.

Songs that could only be found on cassettes, CDs or gramophone records are now easily available online. What’s amazing is you don’t even need to download it on your device. Just log into something like Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana or Savan and you can easily access your playlist form any device.

And if you still prefer listening to music offline, most of these apps also let you download music on to your phone, iPod or other devices.

Confused about how downloading music is different from streaming music? The fact that you can do both using the same apps now, makes it even more confusing.

We’ve simplified it for you.

What does it mean to download music on your device?

Downloading lets you store a song or an album in your device. It is a copy of the original song that you now own.

It is important to understand that you own just a copy of the song. Not the song itself. You can download music legally from sites like Amazon, Apple’s iTunes and Google Play Music.

Downloading is just like having music CDs. Not physical copies. But digital ones, on your phones, iPods or computers.

What does streaming music online mean?

Streaming music means listening to a song on the internet. Some of the most popular music streaming apps are Spotify, JioSaavn and Soundcloud.

Most of these platforms provide free as well as paid services. Free services are usually full of ads and don’t let you access all the features of the app.

Premium plans come with features like no ads, offline downloads, and other benefits Streaming music is like an online radio service. One where you can control what you listen to and when.

How does it affect me as a music creator?

Streaming services today are constantly under the microscope for the lower royalties that they pay to the artists. Spotify pays as little as $0.006 (INR 0.41) per stream to artists, which is before other ‘rights holders’ take a cut. So, if a song is streamed 100,000 times, the artist would get just over INR 31,000.

While the top, top artists are now bringing in greater revenue through Spotify in Europe this can be attributed to falling download sales and countless millions of streaming plays. Smaller artists feel like they might as well give their music away - even Ed Sheeran once got a £4 royalty check from Spotify.

Spotify argues that 70% of its total revenues goes back to artists and points out that streaming has become an alternative to illegal downloading, which earned artists nothing at all.

How can I earn more from my music?

These problems more or less can only solved if the artists register themselves with the different PROs (Performance Royalty Organizations) such as IPRS, PRS, ASCAP, SOCAN, GEMA, etc and start registering their works onto them. This method guarantees the artists a passive income that is both stable and beneficial!

Becoming a member of PROs and registering your work with them is a long and meticulous process.

It involves widely different standards for different Royalty Societies.This is why specialty companies have emerged to manage royalties world wide.

At Joshua Royalties, we register music on your behalf. All you have to do is get in touch with Joshua Royalties and we’ll do the rest.

We register your work, amend the work already in the PRO databases, manage cue sheets, and keep track of royalties. With Joshua Royalties, you need not worry about PRS, IPRS, GEMA, SOCAN or ASCAP. Wish to know more about our services? Here’s what Joshua Royalties does.

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