Musicians are up in arms about streaming music services, some going as far as fighting it by not allowing access to their music via outlets like Spotify, Beats and Deezer. It's a useless battle as you can't fight the future. And the future is streaming.
I get their concern. All of the tales about minimal payouts seem as if they're getting short-changed somewhere. Especially when ASCAP just posted record earnings last year, Ascap Topped $1 Billion in Revenue Last Year, Lifted by Streaming. That's right, one billion dollars. And they credit the big increase to streaming music.
This signals that streaming music does work. Why musicians aren't sharing in the wealth is uncertain but over time things should improve, especially if predictions of 150 millions premium subscribers in the next ten years holds true.