We’ve still got a few more year-end lists to publish before Dec. 31 (like, uh, your beloved Tumblr host’s favorite metal albums), but here’s a round-up of what we’ve done, so far, with links to Spotify and Rdio playlists. —Lars
If you love a piece of music you find, then don’t hesitate to buy it.
— NPR’s Stephen Thompson via Does Using Spotify Make You A Bad Person?
Music-streaming services really don’t exploit performers. Songwriters, though—that’s another story.
As more music becomes available for free online, concepts of music ownership start to break down. A musician, a songwriter and Spotify’s director of Artist Services share their viewpoints on the ongoing controversy over royalty payments made by streaming services.
Here they are: All of our Best Music of 2012 lists in handy-dandy Spotify and Rdio playlist form!