Former Spotify executive Jim Anderson has branded musicians entitled after demanding more money as the question of streaming equity continues.
According to Digital Music News, Anderson, who was a solutions architect for the company, spoke at a music conference in New York, with musicians in attendance to cross-examine Anderson’s talk.
Anderson stated: “So we should talk about entitlement. I mean, I have an issue with Taylor Swift’s comments. I have this issue with it, and we’ll call it entitlement. I mean, I consider myself an artist because I’m an inventor, okay? Now, I freely give away my patents for nothing. I never collect royalties on anything.”
This comes after Taylor Swift and various other artists released statements condemning Spotify for the small pay-per-stream fee that they receive from the company.
However, Anderson argued that money should not be the issue. “I think Taylor Swift doesn’t need .00001 more a stream. The problem is this: Spotify was created to solve a problem. The problem was this: piracy and music distribution. The problem was to get artists’ music out there. The problem was not to pay people money.”
He later concluded, “The problem was to distribute music. Not to give you money, okay? The problem was to distribute music.”