Different finishing touches to align the images

Different methods of music/audio streaming have led to the creation of many music-streaming services, one of them being the ever-popular Spotify. Spotify exists so that listeners can listen and download the available audio files on Spotify without legally owning them. This allows listeners to purchase a monthly subscription to Spotify rather than purchase audio files directly from record labels and artists. 2 To create my artifact, I used a program provided by Google called Google Draw. First, I searched up images that related to Spotify and its many functions and copied and pasted them into a digital canvas. I then lined them up together to fit and then I added the Spotify logo and a text box underneath describing the general definition of Spotify’s function. After making finishing touches to align the images and text boxes, I saved the canvas to my computer as a .pdf. Because Spotify is widely used by millions of people around the world, there is the potential for both harmful and beneficial effects, as stated in an article published by the Frost School of Music. Streaming services like Spotify have a negative effect on the economy of the music industry, causing a sharp decline in music industry revenue. In addition to consumers turning to Spotify rather than digitally purchasing music, Spotify pays record labels and artists only a fraction of a penny for each song that is streamed by consumers. This means that an artist with a song that is played hundreds of thousands of times will be played only a small amount, drastically changing the amount that artists would normally be paid with digital purchases 2. While Spotify poses an obvious threat to the financial health of the music industry, it also benefits the culture of the music industry. The service allows unknown artists who promote their music independently to benefit from exposure to wider audiences than they could have without the platform. Some argue that this allows the leveling of the playing field between independent and label-funded artists, allowing for an increase in diversity of cultural consumption 2. In a blog post published by Spotify, it is outlined that a large part of the data being taken in is location. When a user is streaming music using Spotify, the app uses the GPS sensor of the user’s smartphone to pinpoint the location that the user is in. The GPS works by taking in signals from GPS satellites that orbit the Earth, finding an exact location 3. This data taken in by Spotify is organized and later made accessible to artists on Spotify so that the artists can know where their music is being listened to 1.However, because this data is essentially location data using a GPS, it poses security concerns similar to that of the Global Positioning System. By collecting location data and history, Spotify poses a data security concern that can allow the government or an anonymous hacker to keep tabs on where you live, go to school, or spend your time 4. 

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