Andy, I agree with you. I really think streaming is a disaster, but it is the future. I would love to see micro streaming options where the industry is not run by a handful of services and we can stream using microtransactions and pay artists directly from their websites, where companies like tidal and such are simply being paid a small % for centralising the process. Ie reverse the strategy completely. Personally I think, as consumers, we are paying far too little for so much choice. Either reduce the choice and pay for different genres for example, or pay more overall. It’s patently gone from one extreme to another. The whole business model was crap from the start and now the industry’s in a mess with no one benefitting it seems apart from the consumer.
I developed and run a website networking solution to allowing brokers in my industry to advertise others’ commodities on their own websites and gain out of the sales as a result. I wonder if this could be applied to the music industry. Ie to provide streaming on a band-band peer network of streaming websites… Food for thought.