by Edward Boice
Since the turn of the century, the Internet has threatened to destabilize the music industry and take away artists’ revenues.
For once, Taylor Swift actually has something legitimate to complain about. And no, it is not about one of her boyfriends.
Music streaming services have been a controversial topic since their inception, launching a battle between artists, record labels, and the services themselves. Swift and other music creators believe that because these services offer their music for free with few restrictions, they are losing money. Now, Swift might not be the best person to push this issue; she’s rolling in dough. However, her point is valid for smaller name bands and those beginning to emerge into the industry. If people can listen to music for free, even if royalties are being paid out, they will not be buying albums or downloads and ultimately artists lose money.