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I Love Spotify, I Hate Spotify

by Robert Johns | May 21, 2015

written by Robert Johns

Confused yet?

When I first heard that Spotify was coming to the U.S. in 2011, I was thrilled - finally, I can listen to music at no cost and it’s legal! It was a sigh of relief because I could finally put my Napster days behind me. Spotify is great - you get to listen to all your favorite music without paying a dime (or breaking any laws) and all you have to do is listen to the occasional advertisement.

Sounds like a win-win, right? I thought so, until I saw how little artists make from services like Spotify. Artists ARE ok with it in the sense that you aren’t stealing their product. But when it comes to the financials, Spotify pays fractions of pennies to most artists. In fact, Spotify pays so little that many artists are removing their music from the service - Taylor Swift being the most recent high-profile star to do so. In order to better illustrate what I mean, take a look at this infographic.

Crazy, right? In order to make minimum wage from Spotify plays, you need to have play counts with the likes of Justin Bieber.

So what’s the point? Spotify is generally not good for bands/artists/musicians. Personally, I’ve decided to use Spotify strictly as a music discovery tool. If friends tell me about a new artist or I hear something on the radio, I’ll check it out on Spotify. If I like it enough to keep listening, I’ll buy it. Why? Because I want to support the artists that I enjoy and give them resources to keep creating music. The music industry can seem like a lucrative business, and for a select few it is. But I’ve seen first-hand that for many artists, there’s just not a whole lot of money to be made, even for ones that are getting radio play and gigging regularly.

So consider using Spotify to discover new music and then help support the artists you like by purchasing their albums in stores or on iTunes (or even better, at their merch tables) - I’m sure they’d appreciate it!

How do you use Spotify or other streaming services? Do you pay for premium options? How do you discover new music? Let us know – hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!


Spring 2015 - Semester Review

by Robert Johns | April 30, 2015

written by Steph Ward

I don’t know about you, but I honestly can’t believe the year is over! It’s been unmatchable in many ways, and I want to take a moment to thank you. We owe it all to students like you who show up to our events religiously, have a good time, and especially those of you who had enough faith in us to come to our new events (some that rocked and some that we promise to never do again)... you guys are the reason we do what we do! Thank you for stopping to chat at our promo tables and for experiencing new things with us. We have loved getting to foster relationships with you at Movie Nights, Bingo, our races, countless trips, 90's Coffeehouse, and every event in between!

For those of you graduating, we wish you the best in all you do. Finish strong these next couple days – you’ve almost made it! For those of you returning, we can't wait to see you at Block Party on August 29. Next year has some big shoes to fill, but we’re up for the challenge! For now, have a great summer and thanks for an awesome year!


Meet the Staff - Casey

by Robert Johns | April 24, 2015

Meet one of our staff members, Casey!


Student Activities Design: The Process

by Robert Johns | April 22, 2015

written and filmed by Haley Hicks

Ever wondered what it takes to design for Student Activities? Take a look at the process of planning, designing, and creating graphics for over 150 events per year!


Meet the Staff - Autumn

by Robert Johns | April 20, 2015

Meet one of our staff members, Autumn!


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