For a long time the digitalization was seen as a tread for the music industry. Everybody was able to upload there music cds, so other people could download the music for free. In this way the musicians didn’t get paid for all their hard work. People called this illegal downloading ‘sharing’ so it didn’t sounded as bad as it was. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) said once in an interview, that sharing of music was the weirdest thing he’d ever heard. It isn’t normal to share cars with random people, why should he share his work (and income) with people he doesn’t know?
Nowadays the music industry embraces the digital age. It gives them more and more opportunities to spread their music and create a fanbase all over the world. The figured a way out so it was possible to let people pay for the online music. One of those new initiatives was iTunes. In the iTunes store you can buy digital music. You can choose between whole albums of separated numbers. I like this initiative, but the price for a digital album is the same as for a real album. So iTunes is only for the lazy people who don’t go to a record store. A better on, I think, is Spotify. With this program you can discover new music and listen to albums for free. The only limit is that you can listen ten ours for free per month. This sounds great, but who get the musicians paid? There are two kinds of subscriptions. The one is the free one, but the listen time is limited and between songs is place for commercials. With the income of the commercials, Spotify can pay all the holders. It isn’t much for the most bands, but it is something. The other kind of subscription is a paid one. For five or ten dollars per month you can listen to all music, without limits and without commercials. And again, with that money you pay, Spotify can pay the musicians.
With these new initiatives the sharing idea of music still exists, but in this way it is much more honest.