Remember when the internet was supposed to improve things re: media and instead we’re in this weird siloed locked-off streaming media bizarro world
Basically the only good platform is Bandcamp
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
@amsomniac I wondered about magnatunes – did you pay $300 for their entire catalogue?
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.
@kara they don't even attempt obfuscate or use DRM to protect their free online playback. The browser is just streaming a regular MP3 file.
Compare that to YouTube which has a complex system that is still easily scraped by one of several open source tools.
Here's how youtube-dl handles it:
@kara you've perfectly described why bandcamp is so wonderful. I can choose whatever format I want, too, and yeah, the best perk is that most of the $ goes directly to the creators, as it always should have. One of my favorite bands has all their stuff on there and I love them even more for that. Also, BC is nice for usually letting you stream preview the entire album before buying, which is important to me. Thanks for this!
Really sad that the minority of services act like that
There are lots of ways to do it right, and that isn't one.
Resonate.is is really cool too
It is a co-op that you pay double everytime you stream a song until you own it. The first stream costs basically nothing and it doubles from there until you eventually "buy" the song.
You can spend very little by only ever listening to new stuff, or listen to the same artists and listen enough times that you own the tracks.
You can tell immediately from the quality and density of music you have never even heard of that bandcamp is a place that is good for artists. It is a really great feeling to be totally blown away again and again by tiny bands that are putting out amazing stuff.