That’s interesting. I don’t seem to hear much about filmmakers kicking and screaming about the unfairness of it all compared to musicians. Both mediums theoretically have an ‘event’ market. A film’s success seems to be judged mostly on their box office sales. Perhaps everything after that is just gravy for filmmakers.
Isn’t the answer to this riddle already in this article?
“Netflix and SiriusXM have well over 20 million paying subscribers in the US. Spotify has something like three million…worldwide.”
I’m assuming Netflix is a sustainable business model. It’s also been around for over a decade (albeit not in streaming form). If Spotify or Rdio or Pandora each had something like 10 million subscribers…wouldn’t artists be getting paid?
Also, if streaming is so bad…why are nearly all major label releases available on them? I think the dirty secret is that big labels are getting paid and small indies simply aren’t. But this is more due to the realities of scale.
Some Rdio users have been having a long and spirited discussion about this very topic for over a year: http://www.rdio.com/people/jasonpaul/playlists/160985/The_State_of_Digital_Music/