Is that true? The margin on branded clothing always seems so thin. At least through most of the services I've checked into.

It can be better if you get them printed by a local screenprinter, but then you have to deal with inventory and minimum orders.

Or is this really about how crappy the margin on streaming services is?

@kingu_platypus_gidora @TerryHancock I believe the payout on individual streams is small enough that even if a tee-shirt’s margin is a few dollars, it could be the equivalent of several thousands of streams.

@hypolite @TerryHancock

"That means if a song is streamed one time for every 1,000 streams in Canada, the artist would, theoretically, get $1 per stream. In practice, this doesn’t often work out this cleanly since there are thousands of artists all competing for the most streams in each market, and the rights to each song are owned by record companies, aggregators and other third-party intermediaries that operate between Spotify and the artists.

So while that song might get $1 for every one in 1,000 streams, that one dollar is often split further down between these companies. A video on Spotify’s new website says that, on average, Spotify pays rights holders two-thirds of every dollar made on the platform"


So, mostly about how crappy the payout is from Spotify. 😒

Too bad. I was hoping maybe there was some secret to the T-shirts I've been missing.

@TerryHancock @kingu_platypus_gidora @hypolite Well T-shirts are also a conversation point, which is pretty important for musicians too.

@kingu_platypus_gidora this is why I wish more creators had ACTUALLY DESIRABLE MERCH

@kingu_platypus_gidora @mastodon You’re complaining you can’t give money to artists because of the quality of their merch? Do you realize how entitled this sounds?

@hypolite @kingu_platypus_gidora

Bro, do you realize that if I buy merch I actually want to be able to wear it?
If an artist has a Bandcamp page or donations and otherwise offers their stuff DRM-freely I'm happy to give them money. If they're with a big label that only puts them on Spotify I'll assume they have their stuff figured out.

@kingu_platypus_gidora @mastodon And I'm saying this is entitled. I personally bought shirts for all the concerts I've been to and I've rarely worn them. If you're doing it for the fashion, you aren't doing it for the support, which isn't a very good look.
@kingu_platypus_gidora Yeah £15 for a CD album in 1994 was extortionate.Streaming is wrong in the other direction. Merch is the way to go. Or bandcamp.

@kingu_platypus_gidora The sad Mass Media implication is that, in this absurdist business model, the musician(s) are using their music to sell & promote their merchandise ~ rather than making auxiliary profit & promoting their music. The spotlight/signage has become the product, and the actual creative art is now the window dressing. 🙄

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