Will Streaming Services Remain Independent When They Start Releasing Their Own Album’s?

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With the recent news of Amazon releasing yet another ‘Amazon Music Original’, titled Songs of Summer. Music lovers might be asking the question, is Amazon now a record label and what does this mean to music streaming services?

So Amazon has recently Released Songs of Summer. They have paid the artists to record the songs, compiled said songs onto an album, and then released this to the world, in the hope to make a commercial profit.

Sounds a lot like a record label to me.

This album includes covers of popular summer songs such as The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” covered by Brandi Carlile, Beats Antique with a version of “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama, and Passenger’s rendition of the Otis Redding classic “(Sitting on) The Dock of The Bay.”

The album also has some original tracks from various artists such as Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend, Kate Voegele, and more.

The album has been issued by ‘Amazon Digtal Services LLC’ according to their own website.

Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon commented on the new release stating: “Prime members have loved listening to the original music we’ve released, from Amazon Acoustics to Indie for the Holidays, and we’re thrilled to continue to offer new, interesting music and more ways to discover great artists with today’s debut of Songs of Summer.”

Okay so what does this all mean to the music streaming industry, now that these once ‘independent’ services – which used to give you a free choice in what music you listened to – have a new objective?

If they are investing money into their own artists or albums, this will be reflected in their promotion, to make these investments work they will have to push their own music over independently found and equally good music.

This is why at Find What You Like we feel the importance of having free choice of what you listen to, and getting musical recommendations from fellow music lovers rather than ‘Record Labels’ pushing their products.

Could the future of music streaming follow the trend of video streaming? With companies such as Amazon Prime and Netflix promoting their own shows and movies over other great titles, thus limiting the amount of free choice you have with your streaming experience. Only time will tell.

This is why we don’t tell you what to listen to, we like free choice, we like free playlists, we let you Find What You Like.

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