Peter Kafka

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Spotify Cuts Back On Free Music In Europe, Still Waiting On U.S. Launch

Spotify’s party may not be over, but it’s going to get quieter: The streaming music service has cut back on the amount of free music it will offer users, from 20 hours to 10 hours a month. The move is a concession to the big music labels, who are still worried that the service cuts into their remaining CD sales. But it doesn’t seem to be tied to a U.S. launch, which won’t happen until the company signs on Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest music company.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work