Take My Money!

You know what’s infuriating? Trying and trying to buy music from a band and having them seemingly resist taking the money. I know there are lots of people that think there’s no way for a band to make money by selling music — but that seems to be spreading to bands themselves. I have Google Play Music’s All Access service where I can stream anything in the catalog as many times as I want. Similarly, people have Spotify, Pandora, or whatever else that let’s them do the same or similar. I still buy music though, but only a physical CD or digitally in FLAC to keep CD quality.

I recently asked a band if they were going to sell their just-released new album physically or on Bandcamp, CDBaby, or somewhere else in CD quality. The answer was a surprising “no, but you can stream it free on Spotify at [link].” While understandable that a band may not want to invest in printing physical CDs, what is the harm in giving somebody the opportunity to pay for a digital download in that quality? It doesn’t cost anything, and any sales result in a net of about 15% more per sale compared to iTunes. But again, it doesn’t cost anything to make available. And this isn’t an isolated incident!

Honestly, bands can do whatever they want of course, but why turn down free money??