Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
I think there's a different way of looking at this. Pandora is my #1 channel for discovering new music. It knows what I like, then takes me places I would never go.
I'm a prog rock nerd. Why then would I find Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm" on one of my playlists? (There's underlying genome stuff there.) Well, it cropped up, and loved it, and bought it.
Why also would Billy Cobham's "Stratus" show up, or tracks from Sandro Perri? More genome stuff and instrumentation I really like, but a different style of music that allows me to branch out.
All I have to do is look down my iTunes list of songs and see discoveries - both in Progressive Rock, but also in my other musical interests in traditional Irish and Scottish music. I hear the tracks on Pandora and then purchase the tracks.
So, the question for the singer / song-writer may be are sales of downloads increasing, for which the royalty rate may be better?
...funny thing...this controversy brings to mind a sunny day listening to "Heaven is a Place on Earth" - I just bought it from iTunes.