Printed from

More music groups back away from Spotify, Rdio over revenues

updated 02:10 pm EST, Tue November 15, 2011

ST Holdings says subscription music bad

Subscription music services faced more of a backlash after UK distributor ST Holdings stated that it would follow Coldplay's path and keep its labels' music out of subscription music services. All of the work its primarily electronic musicians, such as drum-and-bass artists like Blu Mar Ten, Cyantific, Makoto, and Mistabishi, was being pulled from flat-rate subscriptions on Napster, Rdio, Simfy, and Spotify. The company noted that its digital revenue had dropped for the first time ever, by 14 percent, and that much of the blame could be pinned on having its first full quarter supplying those services with music.

Revenue was disproportionately very low relative to the amount of listening. Although the four mentioned subscription services combined made up 82 percent of listens during the summer, they only accounted for 2.6 percent of revenue, ST Holdings said. As an example, there had been 750,000 total listens on Spotify, but Spotify paid just 2,500 ($3,960) in royalties.

The distributor added that the issue wouldn't have been as bad if it weren't that it was starting to "cannibalise" revenue from download-to-own stores. iTunes revenue from European Union countries dropped 24 percent in the summer as listeners chose the free option.

While it's not yet clear how broad the support is, it points to possible long-term trouble for services like Spotify. Their appeal is based primarily on the breadth of access and loses when key artists or whole labels pull out. Advocates have streaming have pointed to streaming discouraging piracy, but this model has only typically been useful when serving as an addition to sales and not a substitute.

By Electronista Staff


  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008


    You had to see this coming

    Something for nothing never lasts.


  1. kdogg73

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2002


    Blu Mar Ten

    I thought I was in the wrong RSS feed when I saw their images. BMT is part of a secret genre of music that will get lost in musical history.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one dimensional, restoring the batt ...

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...



Most Commented


Popular News