Nothing opens the spigot for angry music industry tweets quite like Spotify Wrapped season. The streaming service’s year-end recap seemed to generate more impassioned debates this year — one side vehemently arguing that you shouldn’t give free advertising to a tech company that’s hamstrung the entire industry by not paying artists a living wage. The other camp concedes that, well, that’s right, but there are larger capitalist boogeymen to square up on, and many music listeners are still supporting their favorite artists through other avenues. As is typically the case, there’s some truth in both of these arguments. But the far simpler reading — people just like to share what they’ve been listening to, and probably aren’t persuading any agnostic friends to sign up for Spotify — might also be a realistic takeaway.
Luckily, Friday presents an easy, clear-cut way to contribute to artists with the year’s final Bandcamp Friday,