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    In my view, this project faces following challenges:

    • Cheap, almost empty Spotify knock-off won’t see much uptake in the first place.

    • Author is fixated on morals and does not see politics as economics. The project must, in the first place, help people achieve something more effectively than it was possible before.

    • Tight dependency on MusicBrainz means no upcoming authors with releases just on SoundCloud or YouTube, the only niche not served by Spotify.

    I suggest a pivot:

    • Concentrate on starting authors, who are not yet published by Spotify by integrating with PeerTube as well as scraping YouTube and SoundCloud.

    • Restrict the content to CC-BY(-SA) only so that you can run the first public instance yourself.

    • Make it ergonomical for curators to consume and then remix the content (much like SuicideSheep did before he started using Spotify and turned to a boring pop radio).

    • Consider including video content as well.

    • Consider adding some group consumption capabilities. For example private lobsters-like commenting and voting, private planned/completed/dropped lists in the MyAnimeList style.

    • Put money back into the game by letting people to sponsor their favorite curators, who will in turn attribute and thus forward the money to the authors in a predefined way to challenge the currently very greedy publishers. When someone does something nice for other people, they frequently want to make it possible for her to continue. Thus donations.

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      ummm … copyright? licenses? There’s not even a mention of intention only for CC licensed music.

      At least Kodi and Plex brand themselves as just a media player. If projects like this become more successful, aren’t we going to be back in the gnutella/music industry suing people again?

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        It has this to say about copyright:

        Currently, music is a business. The big music enterprises always want to make more and more and more money. That’s why you can’t download or listen music without paying or listening annoying ads. Hate those people that just make music to win money. Music is a way of expressing yourself, not a way to make business. That’s why I’ve started with Musik Liberation: to free the music. Everyone should be able to listen and enjoy music without having a big enterprise trading with their data or saying them what to listen and how to do it. Listen to what you want and how you want!

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          Hate those people that just make music to win money. Music is a way of expressing yourself, not a way to make business.

          Yeah, you tell those musicians that they should just be grateful that people want to experience their art! They don’t need money, and wanting it is grotesque. And all the people who put on festivals, who master and produce albums, who book gigs, who build instruments - they probably shouldn’t get paid either. What a bunch of leeches…

          This guys attitude is entitled and disgusting.

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            And all the people who put on festivals, who master and produce albums, who book gigs, who build instruments - they probably shouldn’t get paid either.

            Nothing close to that was written. I think services like Spotify pay up to $0.008 USD per stream. An artist makes more money doing festivals, gigs, building instruments, etc.

            I think paid streaming services have already removed a revenue stream that artists used to have.

            This guys attitude is entitled…

            I agree.

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              “Spotify already doesn’t pay artists enough so I’m just going to pay them nothing” isn’t much of a defense

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              Yeah, you tell those musicians that they should just be grateful that people want to experience their art!

              It sounds to me like the author took the “I’ll pay you in exposure” meme way to seriously.

              Though understandable considering in open source, monetization is still not a solved problem for small time creators…

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                It surprises me to see this kind of rant upvoted on lobste.rs

                Many developers are paid to write FLOSS. Users don’t pay to download it.

                Assuming that content creators either charge for downloads or go hungry is a bit of a false dichotomy.

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                  The person who created this software seems to be saying that other people (the people who create the music his software plays, with whom he has no association) shouldn’t be able to choose to be paid for their work, because music is special - it’s about artistic expression, not money. I’m not saying that musicians will go hungry without being paid by people who listen to their music (not saying they won’t, either), but I am saying (strongly) that the person who created this software doesn’t get to make their choice for them.

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                    There’s a huge difference between the programming world and the art world: it’s easy for programmers to get a very well paying job that doesn’t ask for any of their free time. That gives us plenty of time and energy and money to work on projects that we don’t need to see returns from to live. That’s rare in the art world; in general it’s hard to find a job that gives you enough money and leaves you enough time to have any chance at all to focus on your practice. All of the artists I know got where they are by working essentially two full time jobs and being completely miserable for years, so technically you’re right: there’s a third way. But that third way sucks, and for us to say “artists should bust their ass so that I can enjoy their art for free” isn’t, imo, an opinion that’s worth much.

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                  That’s not exactly a concrete answer…

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                this seems like a lot of work. just buy .mp3 files or rip physical media, sd card storage is cheap

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                  It looks it is just a roadmap/design document at this point. It seems to be a popcorn time for music (or a Napster) build on top of IPFS.

                  I wonder how the IPFS community will take something like this. It’s my impression that they are trying not to be associated with piracy in the same way as bit torrent (the protocol) is/was.

                  Another thing I wonder about is how song pinning will work. Usually, IPFS keeps a cache of recent files up until garbage collection. I wonder if this would mean that users will share copyrighted materials without knowing it and what the consequences of something like that could be.

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                    Where’s the alternative? The only thing I can find is an empty repository and a blog post with half baked ideas.