Some might say that it is not our duty to understand the inner workings of the things we consume. I agree, but don’t you want to know where your coffee came from? Aren’t you a little curious where the guy plugged in your router in your 17th-floor one-bedroom apartment?

Did it not keep you awake at night thinking about how musicians make their money when we don’t buy their songs or albums anymore?  No? just me? Huh.

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Well, I look around a little so you don’t have to!  No no, not about coffee. I bet you there are thousands of articles talking about who plants your coffee beans. I am talking about where the guy plug in your router so you can stay connected to the internet from within the comfort of your own home.

Little did I know, the internet is not always as easily accessible to us that live in high-rise buildings. Nowadays, we are very lucky because developers keep up with the times, and they know that as future occupants we would want to have access to the internet. There were times when high rise buildings would need to revamp their infrastructure, doing big scale renovations so they can add a cable network connection called “Fibre optic” so that they can provide just the mere means for tenants to have access to set up their own internet network, or tenants have to take money from their own pockets and give it to the management for them to set up their own internet network and yes, it is as expensive as it sounds.

So yes, we are lucky because internet provider companies have now infiltrated the lands to be able to reach high-rise buildings occupants with their TM Unifi coverage. Click https://jomapply.com/unifi/ to know more about the internet packages.

Knowing that, how lucky do you feel? I feel very lucky. It took me less than a week and only a couple hundred bucks to set up my own personal little internet network. I can’t imagine having to spend double or even triple the amount of money monthly to sustain my internet needs than I am spending now, because I have to keep topping up the little modem that only provides me with a very limited amount of quota on the internet. Not to mention the amount of buffering that I have to experience because of the low speed.

As for how musicians make money even if we don’t buy their songs or albums anymore, I can give you a little insight, based on my humble understanding.

Royalties! Yes, musicians are still paid by royalties, as they did before. But there is a difference between streaming service loyalties than the traditional one. They are paid by the money streaming services get from advertising revenues and monthly subscription fees people pay. Each stream earns a sum of that money, and then musicians get paid based on how many times their song is streamed!

Knowing this, I don’t feel as guilty anymore, because it turns out that both parties are fairly compensated!

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