Indie labels cry foul over Apple Music’s enhanced spatial audio royalties

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As you can see, First reported by the Financial Times, independent labels Beggars Group, Secretly Group, and Partisan Records are pushing back against Apple’s preferential payouts for spatial audio. They say independent artists who can’t afford to record in spatial audio would make less because of how streaming music payouts work.

Apple Music users can now download artists’ music. Bonuses of up to 10%For creating music with spatial sound. The company will divide the subscription money into pro-rata shares, calculated by a factor of 1, instead of 1 for nonspatial audio tracks.

Unnamed music industry executives told the Financial TimesThe cost of producing songs with spatial audio is $1,000 per song or about $10,000 for a whole album. And updating older music may be even more expensive. The label heads claim the scheme is not cost-effective because of the cost involved. Universal Music Group is one of the biggest players in the music industry., which has the resources to invest in spatial audio and can take a financial hit if an artist in its roster doesn’t record in spatial audio. 

Apple has been Investing heavily in spatial audioThe format is available on other streaming music sites such as Amazon and Tidal. Spotify, on the other hand, does not support spatial audio.

Beggars Group houses labels representing such independent artists as multiple Grammy Award hitmaker Adele and Vampire Weekend, while Secretly’s stable of artists includes Bon Iver, Muna, and Phoebe Bridgers, and Partisan Records works with PJ Harvey. (Yes, while I am writing this article, I am listening to a Spotify playlist that includes a number of these artists. No, they’re not using spatial audio. 

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