#DigitalSkeptic: Why Streaming Music Is Old Hat

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Musician and Web entrepreneur John Pointer is seeing the music business missing the boat yet again. Just as the rise of digital downloads took the CD-based industry by surprise, the new streaming music services are overlooking the rise of other, more practical Web-based services connecting artists and audiences.

"The biggest issue that streaming music services face is they are confused as to why people listen to music in the first place," Pointer explained during a long and wonderfully rambling phone call from Austin, Texas. "They are serving a consumer model of 'pay me $7 per month and I will give you bajillion songs.' But that's not what music is about. It's about expressing and connecting emotions.

"And streaming music just does not address that need."

Pointer's take on Spotify, Beats Music or Apple's (AAPL) streaming music service, is one of the most unique and refreshing these ears have ever heard. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin back in the late 1990's, he spent the next several decades making his living as a full-time gigging musician and entrepreneur in the miasma of gigging musicians and entrepreneurs that is that central Texas arts town.

Pointer has been a cellist and percussionist in the Mexican vocal group Trio Los Vigilantes. He's sung "big beat a cappella" with Schrodinger's Cat and served on the Austin Music Foundation, a nonprofit that offers career development and music business education. And in 2009, he founded an early crowdfunding platform, called Patronism.com http://patronism.com/, that allows audiences to directly fund musicians and artists.

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