@pat It is true, that he has said he wouldn't want his stuff behind a paywall. But he likely views Spotify "free" as just another podcast player. And he views himself much like Stern does.
Also likely, revenue plummeted on podcasts and YouTube in recent months. So he may have seen a ~$100M/yr deal as too good to pass up giving the current climate.
@cdevroe Yes, I believe all of that is true and that he's still a sellout 😉
I don't begrudge anyone choosing to move over with him. I worry their privacy is at risk, but likely no more so than when I use Google Maps. It just sucks for the hundreds of millions of people for whom Spotify isn't an option.
He's made the right call from a business perspective, and as those of us who grew up with punk music would say, he's now undeniably a sellout. My argument for remaining on the open web comes purely from a standpoint of valuing the greater good over personal profit.
@cdevroe @pat I agree with you both. In my opinion it is a shame to move to a platform like Spotify. I think many content creators have a different understanding of free and open than we do. I find too many people still, even those with technical backgrounds, that think free is open and paid is closed. I can’t speak for the man but I imagine he is following the money and thinks it is a good compromise because the show remains free to his listeners.