"The life of a Nashville songwriter is a glamorous parade of hit songs, money, No. 1 parties and awards shows ... or at least, so country music fans think. While those things can and do happen, the reality of the average songwriter's career in Music City is a much darker picture in 2016.
Over the course of the last 15 years, the changes that digital technology has brought to the marketplace have caused the music business to shrink exponentially across the board, as lucrative CD sales dried up and gave way to downloading that paid significantly less (or nothing, in the case of illegal downloading). Songwriters have been particularly ravaged by the rise of streaming services including Spotify, Pandora or Rhapsody, which can provide small payouts on enormous numbers of streams."
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