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The Music Business Sucked Before Spotify

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Because the record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance

--Bruce Springsteen, "Rosalita"

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Several readers, including the Future of Music Coalition, took exception to Thursday's column, Lazy Musicians Wasting Time Complaining About Royalties:

As much as I like and emotionally align with these guys and others like them, they require perspective. Some tough love. Thankfully, I'm not the only one around to provide it. Tim Worstall comes through at Forbes with another excellent article, There's An Awful Lot Of Nonsense Being Talked About Spotify Royalties:

Yet another piece in The Guardian about how appalling it is that Spotify doesn't make no name bands with three songs and two fans to their name rich enough for the cocaine and Lear jet circle. The thing that seems to be being missed is who gets to decide whether your music, or your productive efforts in any walk of life, earns you any money.

That's not an anti-artist statement; it's pro-reality.

And it strikes to the point I attempted to make with Thursday's 'Lazy Musicians' article. While I can't come down quite as harsh, politically conservative or wildly free market as Worstall, his overall argument makes sense. I just wish he would take it to an ultimately more constructive place.

Let's lay out some reality, address what we hear from many small and/or independent artists and review a way forward.