There a few reasons why the world needs the POLR:
1 Every commercial streaming service has been forced to charge 9.99 / month due to demands from content owners. Studies have shown that this price point is too high and will likely never gain the user base required to build a viable model, which appears to be the case so far considering that none of the streaming services are profitable. Because the POLR's model does not require pre-determined agreements with industry players, it is free to charge an actual workable monthly price. Most data shows a price point from 3.99 - 4.99 as the ideal sweet spot. The POLR will likely be in this zone.
2 It is becoming increasingly clear that indie artists and labels are getting short changed by the commercial services. Artists who own their own content, or share ownership with indie labels, should be free to use a streaming service that gives them direct access to relationships and payments with their fans. The POLR will provide this much needed service in the industry.
3 All commercial services use a pro-rata method of funds distribution. This unfairly favours the top artists at the expense of the lesser known artists. A subscriber share methodology, which actually pays the artists that are being streamed per user, provides a fairer compensation method and will create an opportunity for a middle class of artists to rise up.
4 No other model actually has a marketplace within the model itself. The architecture of the POLR is designed to allow new entrepreneurial A2A relationships to form between artist and appreciator.
5 All other models are owned enterprises. The POLR will be set up as a non-profit. Being a non-profit organization opens up all sorts of possibilities for the music industry that would not exist otherwise. Examples:
(a) Globally trusted metadatabase. The music industry has been hampered by the lack of a single trusted global metadatabase of musical works. History has shown that no owned entity will ever accomplish this goal. In order to be fully trusted by all parties, a new unowned metadatabase must develope from scratch, not as an initiative, but simply as a system to make use of. The POLR provides the incentive for owners of recordings and compositions to take the time out to enter in as much metadata as possible about their works. This could result in a quickly growing free and open database that can be used by any entity requiring this data. By using a combination of trust metrics and blockchain based smart contracts, it will also prove to become the most reliable, trusted metadatabase possible with today's technology.
(b) Scalability - a non-profit has a better chance of being trusted globally.
(c) Largest possible payouts to artists / labels / publishers. Because the POLR must live up to it's name, the focus is to provide the most direct path between artist and appreciator.
6 It is the only proposed legal decentralized streaming music service. This has several advantages. It's not hard to imagine a future when music fans move entirely to streaming. This means that the actual audio files are no longer in the possession of individuals. All music on the planet will eventually be located in a handful of buildings! What a precarious way to build a future society! It is crucial that we have a decentralized option for music (and all data for that matter). The internet was built to route around centralization. Let's continue with that wisdom!