The Spotify-Swift debate rages on like a… like a— oh it doesn't matter. It rages on. That's all you need to know. The latest is that, despite Spotify boss Daniel Ek estimating that Taylor Swift could have earned $6 million from the streaming service, head of Big Machine (Swift's label), Scott Borchetta has said that she only earned $500,000 this year from Spotify. (Daniel Ek's exact words: "…on track to exceed $6 million a year"

That 500k figure is from US listeners only. A spokesperson for Spotify, Jonathan Prince, said that this figure jumps to $2 million when accounting for the worldwide revenue collected by them for Swift. It seems strange to focus on this 500k figure. Does anybody else think that? Am I mad? It's clear that some damage is trying to be done here, some smear on the reputation of Spotify. It seems even stranger when, in the month (ONE month) before all Swift's music was pulled, international revenue from Spotify was $500,000.

More of a problem is Big Machine. At least, however, its name is brutally honest. When Spotify didn't want to alienate fans by offering Swift's album to paying customers only (a classy bit of ultra-exclusivism), that's when the entire back catalogue was pulled. So, let's be crystal clear here: Because Spotify wouldn't give in to greedy demands from Big Machine, the label ultimately ended up losing money; it's like threatening to punch someone, then punching yourself and just insulting your victim verbally instead. Does that not sound insane?

It reminds me of a psychological / sociological experiment where the findings were essentially that people would rather see moderate harm done to their immediate in-group if major damage is done to the out-group, than see themselves get a big reward if the out-group also benefits in a smaller capacity (details here). Rather than accepting this complementary source of revenue on top of record sales, they cannot see past the "streaming thing", say NO to this free money and lose out as a result.

Of course, the world sides with Taylor Swift. The world sides with a large record company, just a small henchman, really, for Universal Music Group. The world sides with greed, because it happens to have a marketably photogenic face. But really, they just cannot see the wood for the trees. Dollar-signs for eyes, for brains, for fucking souls.

Adele's manager thinks streaming is the future, though, and he's probably right.