The millionaire pop songstress Taylor Swift recently dumped Spotify because of its approach to selling music to the public. This raised questions over how we, the music-buying public, obtain music, and how much we should be paying for the privilege.
In this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, we want to discuss everything there is to do with music consumption. The question in the headline is just the beginning, a starting point designed to kick off a healthy, wholesome debate about the state of the music industry.
Anything But Neutral
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Do You Support The Idea Of Net Neutrality?”
Out of a total of 461 votes, 75.9% chose Yes, I think it’s essential, 12.4% chose No, I don’t trust the government, 5.4% chose Yes, but I have reservations, 3.9% chose No, competition is everything, 1.7% chose I don’t understand net neutrality, and 0.7% chose I really don’t care either way.
When it comes to net neutrality, MakeUseOf readers are anything but neutral, with over 80 percent of those who voted voting in favor of net neutrality. Now, we just need to figure out how best to protect this ideal, whether that means supporting U.S. President Barack Obama’s suggestion of reclassifying the Internet as a utility or something else entirely.
Even if you didn’t take part in the discussion surrounding last week’s poll, I strongly urge you to read the comments thread. People on both sides of the debate expressed strong opinions, and many did so extremely eloquently. It should be especially enlightening for the three percent of readers who either don’t care or don’t understand net neutrality.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Gordon, Keefe K, and Josh. Comment Of The Week goes to James Howde, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I voted ‘Yes it’s essential’ on grounds of self interest.
Using the analogy of roads, if net neutrality falls, I’m not going to be the guy being chauffeur driven down the fast lane. I’ll be in the crowded bus with the screaming children waiting for the slow lane traffic to edge forward, along with the other plebs.
We chose this comment because, quite simply, it’s a good analogy. This way of thinking also explains why people with money are less likely to fight for net neutrality, as they’ll probably be OK whatever happens. Because throwing money at a problem always helps.
Melodious Musicians Making Money
We recently asked you which streaming music service you use. While this prompted an interesting discussion, it excluded all those people who source music in other ways, whether they buy it through a legitimate source or illegally pirate it online. It’s time to rectify those omissions.
We want to know how much you spend buying music. We’re limiting this to music in its purest form, so albums and singles are in, gig tickets and merchandise are out. The aim of the poll, and the discussion which follows in the comments section below, is to discover whether the record labels and their clients are justified in worrying about the future of the music industry.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments below how you spend that money and what your feelings are towards the music industry as a whole. The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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