Digital Streaming Is Killing Music

It’s a sad time for music right now in human history as the digital world grabs hold of the music industry.

From issues of royalty payments to artists, the shutdown of small internet radio stations due to high royalty costs  that are likely to kill these stations that support grass roots musicians and sadly this is leading to  the annihilation of the “music collection”.

You are probably surprised that I talk about the demise of the music collection as being a problem.

I was talking to a few people the other day who simply never buy music anymore. They stream it on applications like Pandora and Spotify, they actually don’t own record collections any more they simply believe that there is no point in owning a song because they probably won’t like the song in a few months anyway so why bother buying it and keeping it in a collection.

To me this terrible for the musician who went to all the trouble of creating this music that they believe will last a lifetime.

A musical collection  is more than just a bunch of records or a bunch of CDs, it’s literally the journey of your listening tastes throughout the years, something that you can look back on and remember how I felt at time.
Back in the 90s I was listening to rockabilly music and whilst I don’t really listen to it any more as I now dig Jazz, Lounge and Exotica but you know sometimes I put on those records and have a listen to them again and it’s amazing the memories that come flooding back .
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The other part of it is that I find it hard to understand people who don’t have their own collections, to me it’s like they are like a freak of nature as most people want to show off their prized collection.

I personally take pride having a record collection CD collection because you can show it off a start but most importantly because it shows my dedication to the music that I love and my support of the musicians who create this music.

What does this mean for the future of music, well sadly for musicians they will make less and less money and will probably record less and less music as a result.

Music is not and should not be disposable and those who make it that way run the risk of making it dissolve completely .

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4 Comments

  1. The music industry has been in an odd revolution since Napster. One side of the argument seems it would cause music to become too expensive to own, the other seems to destroy the musician’s ability to earn a living.

    Streamers must have internet access to listen to music, which severely limits where and when music can be enjoyed. The lack of a DJ also seems to lose some of the soul to the listening experience, otherwise tracks are on random shuffle with no context linking the songs.

    Who knows which way the coin will land, even cassettes are coming back as a fad!

  2. Agreed! As somebody who is just now discovering jazz, vintage lounge and exotica the unfortunate part is the most convenient way to purchase this music is through iTunes but I then don’t get the opportunity to physically own my music which drives me nuts. On top of that the joy of reading liner notes is lost.

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