From Napster to Pandora to Spotify and even Amazon, streaming music services give listeners access to music from all over the world. But they can hurt musicians struggling to put pennies in their pockets and force them to find new ways to make money.
"It's hard to be an artist in the age of that stuff. You know, the money we make is slim to nil," Milo Greene band member Graham Fink said in an interview with CNBC at the Culture Collide music festival in San Francisco.
"Music, recorded music, has never been something artists made a lot of money with. From traditional records, to CDs to record deals, it was pennies. It's always been that way," said Alan Miller, founder of Collide, which organizes the Culture Collide festivals.