I’m Quitting Spotify

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Morgan and I have been talking about the topic of Streaming lately.

I’ve decided to pull my musical releases from Spotify, etc.

I decided it would be fun to share my reasoning here.

1.) I listen to Spotify! Any artist / label that makes their music available on Spotify is voluntarily giving it away (or agreeing to whatever terms are particular to their arrangement). So when I listen to a bunch of Bon Jovi power ballads (which I do), I do so guilt-free. It’s a square deal.

2.) I do make some passive income from Spotify. Here’s my most recent payment via CDBaby’s Digital Distribution:

$6.37 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Apple iTunes
$5.49 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes-Canada
$1.25 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$1.20 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$1.08 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$1.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$1.00 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.87 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.71 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Amazon MP3-JP
$0.58 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.50 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rdio
$0.50 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.49 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.44 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.42 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.36 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.36 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.36 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.32 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.29 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.26 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.26 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.26 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.25 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.25 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.23 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.23 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.22 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.22 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.20 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Canada
$0.19 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.18 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.18 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.16 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Muve Music
$0.15 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody
$0.14 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.13 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody – Mechanical Royalties
$0.13 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.12 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody – Mechanical Royalties
$0.12 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.12 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.11 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.10 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.10 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.10 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody
$0.10 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.10 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.09 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.09 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Europe
$0.08 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.08 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.08 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.07 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Samsung Music Hub
$0.07 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.07 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.07 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.07 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Beats Music
$0.06 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Xbox Music
$0.06 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.05 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Deezer
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Xbox Music
$0.04 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody – Mechanical Royalties
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Samsung Music Hub
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rdio
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Radio – Americas
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Norway
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody – Mechanical Royalties
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Muve Music
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Slacker Radio
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Muve Music
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Muve Music
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Xbox Music
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Xbox Music
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Radio – Americas
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rdio
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Radio – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Norway
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody – Mechanical Royalties
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rhapsody
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rdio
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Beats Music
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Canada
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Europe
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – UK
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Radio – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Americas
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes Match – Europe
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify

3.) On the other hand, I make around $250 a month / $3,000 a year profit (average) selling stuff in my shop. That average actually means (at the most) $1200 and $6 (at the least) in any given month, depending on what I release. To me, as an almost 40-year-old married dude, spread out over a year — that’s hobby money. Still, I like making money. Feels good!

4.) I don’t need exposure on Spotify. People who are interested in my weird stuff can easily find me, and probably already have. I don’t expect more than a few thousand fans, and Spotify is only deterring people who would otherwise pay a few bucks for my records.

5.) I have a small and personal enough audience, that if you like my music, you can buy it directly from me. It’s not expensive, and it’s not hard to do. I’d prefer to keep myself in business than keep Spotify in business. (NOTE: Of course, this is the opposite of what I believed in 2008 when I offered all of my music for free on my website. I changed my mind on this topic over the years, because as I became an adult and took on responsibilities, money became valuable to me.)

I’m not on an angry crusade against Spotify — I think their software is fantastic (and I love my Bon Jovi power ballads). It just doesn’t fit with my own personal business model.

-Carl.

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