Why it issues: For the time being, Bandcamp customers on Android should not fear about the way forward for the app or its fee system. The authorized dispute between Google and Bandcamp proprietor Epic Games continues, however the search big vows nothing will change for musicians and prospects whereas the courts are nonetheless listening to the case.
This week, Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond stated Google has agreed to depart the music service’s Android app alone pending the court docket case between it and Epic Games, which not too long ago acquired Bandcamp. Until then, Bandcamp pays artists its common fee, which is famously greater than Spotify’s.
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The dispute began when Google introduced plans to power music apps on the Play Store to deal with funds by means of its billing system and provides it a ten p.c gross sales minimize. Google beforehand allowed exemptions from the requirement however will finish that possibility on June 1. Bandcamp considers this untenable as a result of it passes 82 p.c (and on particular events one hundred pc) of gross sales income to artists.
Last month, Epic filed a movement in a California court docket demanding a keep on Bandcamp’s elimination from Google Play. Under the brand new settlement, Google will postpone the elimination whereas Epic places Google’s 10 p.c minimize into escrow. Epic will eat all of that value, so none of it passes to customers or artists, and the escrow will finally go to whoever wins the case. Google is just making an exception for Bandcamp, so different Android apps should still have to vary or face elimination on June 1.