Music Streaming Sites

Hey guys! So I have to admit something terrible. Please no one judge me for this, but I have not listened to Lemonade yet. *Screams ensue* Now I know that's terrible, and if you have no idea what I'm talking about let me explain. Last Saturday, Beyoncé shocked the world with her release of her visual album Lemonade, which other than being fantastic and having great people on the record from Jack White to The Weeknd, also featured lyrics suggesting that Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé, so yeah the whole world has been going a bit crazy over the album.

And I haven't listened to it (except for like two songs). And I love Beyoncé too. It's not that I haven't listened to it because I don't like her music. I still listen to "Love on Top" like every other day. The reason I haven't listened to it yet is because she first released it on Tidal. Now I will say that I could have gotten Tidal free for the first thirty days, but when signing up, you have to enter your credit card information, and you would be automatically billed at the end of thirty days. Since my brain is like swiss cheese most of the time, I decided not to take this route. When Tidal first came out, it caused a lot of controversy, because stars like Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé always seemed like they wanted their music to be accessible to the general public, but instead they made their music more exclusive.

I don't have a Tidal. I don't have Spotify Premium. I subscribe to Apple Music. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to have monthly packages from every single music streaming site. Some people don't have the money to buy a package from one site, let alone multiple.



So is it fair to just put your music on one site? Obviously it is not fair for artists if people are getting their music illegally, but at the same time, is it fair if people just listen to music on Spotify and never buy the record? I don't know if I can answer these questions. I will say that if I like an artist enough I will purchase their album, but not everyone is like that. At the same time though, is it right for poorer people to be deprived of music because they can't afford it? It's a Catch-22. I do feel though, that artists like Beyoncé should be a little less strict with their music. When you look it up, Beyoncé's net worth is close to 450 million dollars. Are you telling me she can't put her music up on Spotify because she needs the album sales? Smaller artists are a complete different story in my book. Go and support the smaller artists! They need it! Beyoncé on the other hand probably doesn't.

This dilemma reminds me a lot of the time when Taylor Swift took her music off of Spotify and almost didn't put it on Apple Music. I guess I can understand Spotify, even though to me that still seems a bit greedy, but for Apple Music the first three months are free and then you pay. If Swift was really that worried about those three free months, then that's a bit ridiculous.

Now I am going to listen to Lemonade soon. Unfortunately it's 18 dollars on iTunes, but at least it's a bit more accessible than Tidal. Hopefully artists won't continue this trend of making their music harder and harder to listen to and to grab ahold of. Music is meant to be bought, but it is also meant to be shared.


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