Music Profits and the Internet

In the first installment of an occasional series called Paying the Piper, NPR's Rick Karr reports on how the internet is changing the way musicians get paid for their music. Currently, there are four different ways for musicians to profit off the internet: when listeners pay to download songs; subscription-only sites that charge a monthly fee; advertising revenue from running banner ads on the site; and cashing in on the musician's identity by selling tee-shirts or fan club memberships from the site. (8:15) For a list and links of some of the sites mentioned, click here.



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