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Century Media Records and Associated Labels Pull Out Of Spotify, Issues Statement

Century Media Records and its associated labels InsideOutMusic, Superballmusic and People Like You have decided to pull their repertoire from Spotify in an attempt to protect the interests of their artists. Here's the official statement from the label:

"While everyone at the label group believes in the ever changing possibilities of new technology and new ways of bringing music to the fans, Century Media is also of the opinion that Spotify in its present shape and form isn’t the way forward. The income streams to the artists are affected massively and therefore that accelerates the downward spiral, which eventually will lead to artists not being able to record music the way it should be recorded. Ultimately, in some cases, it will completely kill a lot of smaller bands that are already struggling to make ends meet.

"At the same time Century Media also believes that Spotify is a great tool to discover new music and is in the process of reintroducing their bands to Spotify by way of putting up samplers of the artists. This way, fans can still discover the great music released by the label.

"Physical sales are dropping drastically in all countries where Spotify is active. Artists are depending on their income from selling music and it is our job to support them to do so. Since the artists need to sell their music to continue their creativity, Spotify is a problem for them. This is about survival, nothing less and it is time that fans and consumers realize that for artists it is essential to sell music to keep their heads above water.

"Obviously it is ultimately up to the music fan and consumer, how they access their music, whether it is buying, streaming or stealing. There needs to be awareness though, that how you will consume your music has direct consequences for the artists, who we are all trying to support."

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1. cppchriscpp writes:

It will hurt small bands... that can't get their music onto Spotify unless they put it there themselves... right....

Is that seriously part of their justification? Anything I write past this point is just me babbling on while bewildered, but I am impressed.

Oh well, more lost income for them!

# Aug 9, 2011 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. weresanctuary writes:

I am so glad that Century Media pulled out of Spotify. In this world of digital music the musician who spent months and even years perfecting an album will receive little to no compensation from a company like Spotify. They are essentially stealing from these artists for their own profit. Only a worthless.... would do that.

# Aug 9, 2011 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R10 writes:

I feel like a dinosauer for saying i still love a physical copy of the music im listening to. Still like to throw on a pair of headphones and listen to an entire album,complete with lyric sheet,album art and all that. Sadly,those days are numbered. Dont know anything about Spotify or other services like it,but its probably the final nail in the coffin for buying physical copies of recorded music. Guess ill eventually have to get hip to the new way of doing things.

# Aug 9, 2011 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Josh_of_Doom writes:

"how you will consume your music has direct consequences for the artists, who we are all trying to support"

# Aug 9, 2011 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

I'm there with you R10, although I prefer my CDs despite not having time to browse the booklets and lyrics anymore. At the levels I play CDs in my car, even high quality MP3s start showing signs of loss and distortion. And since they didn't start playing MP3s til the model year after I bought mine, I'm stuck with regular CDs there for the most part anyway. Not that I mind.

I think what CM is doing is smart on some level - giving Spotify samplers so music can still be discovered, but not full catalogs. I see it with Netflix. There are some shows on there that my kids have watched scores of times, but as long as it's "free" to stream, we'll never shell out the money to buy a physical copy. Perhaps it's still fighting the unavoidable future, but I'll agree that these services are only commoditizing music even more. $10 a month for unlimited music sounds great, but does it really put the proper value on the music itself? After paying for a year's subscription, it's not even replacing the income for a dozen CDs bought (not that it should - just using it as a form of comparison).

# Aug 9, 2011 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. metalmayhem writes:

Totally agree DB. I prefer vinyl and cd's over any digital music. I want the cover art, the liner notes, the whole package. Its appreciation for the entire effort put into a piece by the artists (meaning musicians, all the ppl that help make an album happen)

# Aug 10, 2011 @ 11:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. abey writes:

The real truth is bands atleast in metal profit very little for m music sales. I'm sorry but CM is full of it. It hurts them more then the bands. Bands make their money through busting their a$$ on the road playing shows and selling merch. Here's a little tidbit ever wonder why a bands cd can be as much as 15-20 Bux at a show and a t shirt is 10? That's because the label will charge the band as much as 15 Bux to buy cds back to sell.

# Aug 10, 2011 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Just because ... writes:

I go to sites like Spotify to hear music, does not mean I will never buy a bands CD. The ability to hear so much with such ease is awesome. I am really torn between teasing me with samplers and letting me hear the entire song/catalog. I don't want bits and pieces, but I know these musicians what to make money from their art.

One question I have though, how is Spotify so much different compared to the metal underground radio this site offers? That has me somewhat confused, DB?! I mean - I have heard half a dozen bands on there since it started up that I have since gone out and bought product from. Most recently Red Giant! I feel ashamed as a local Clevelander that it took me so long.

Anyway, I think people that are not going to buy the actual music (CD, digital download, vinyl, etc) will find what they want and get it some other way - there are tons of illegal resources online. I think this decision is more likely to hurt the chance for artists to gain potential new fans. Fans that would support the musicians they discover with future purchases.

# Aug 10, 2011 @ 6:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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