The Music Industry Wants to Fight the Internet Again—And It’s Probably Going to Lose
Should music ever be free? That was the inescapable topic of discussion among the hordes of recording-industry middlemen and hangers-on gathered for the music section of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week.
It's a schism that has emerged just when it looked like subscription streaming services, such as Spotify, were bringing an end to the music industry's years of economic pain. The dispute concerns the "freemium" model, which allows consumers to listen to music for free in exchange for listening to ads, or pay to listen without ads.