Tommy wrote:It’s hard not to bewail how technology changes our lives at times but it’s worth remembering that music existed for thousands of years before anyone worked out how to record it. It was pressed onto physical media and sold for how long? A hundred years or so? The vinyl resurgence shows that there will always be pockets of people who still want something physical in their hands but by and large most don’t care for it. Streaming is so intangible I don’t know how anyone can monetise it.
Musicians only made money from recorded music for a very brief period from about 1940 to about 1990.
Before that it was all live.
In the 50s to the 90s bands did tours to promote the record, playing relatively small halls for not much money.
Today's market is the complete opposite. People make albums to promote the tour and merchandise.