The Emily Enigma: Helping Musicians Get Their Fair Share

On Friday, I posted an article (scroll down once you click the link.)  from a young woman named Emily.  She is an NPR intern with All Songs Considered.  In her piece, she said…

 I am an avid music listener, concertgoer, and college radio DJ. My world is music-centric. I’ve only bought 15 CDs in my lifetime. Yet, my entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs.

Needless to say, this has evoked responses from many on both sides of the issue.  David Lowery, singer/songwriter and guitarist, wrote a response on The Trichordist, a blog site subtitled Artists For An Ethical Internet.  It is well worth reading, as he paints a very clear picture of who wins and loses in the world of “free” downloads.

Read Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered (Trichordist)

The Other Side of the Download Issue

As you can imagine, this issue has more than one viewpoint.  Eliot van Buskirk writes at Gizmodo.com that David Lowery is “wrong about streaming, money, and artists.”

Read David Lowery Might Be Right About Some Things, But He’s Wrong About Streaming, Money, and Artists (Gizmodo.com)

NPR Weighs in on the Issue

During this entire conversation, one thought kept bubbling to the surface…what does NPR think about all of this?

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the NPR Music show All Songs Considered.  He had this to say about the issue.

Read A Perpetual Debate: Owning Music in the Digital Age (NPR)

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