Does the Rise of Streaming Mean the End of Record Collecting?

Does the Rise of Streaming Mean the End of Record Collecting?
The net result is that we’re collecting less but more carefully and judiciously. The e-commerce retailer is thus far alone with this step, as both Google and Apple still offer similar music lockers. Variety looks at the impact of streaming on record collecting. What The Wife once considering hoarding has now softened into an understanding of collecting. Otherwise, we’ll move on. There will always be knobs like me who insist on acquiring and owning certain LPs, singles and CDs. Amazon previously allowed consumers to upload up to 250 MP3s for free, but announced this past week that it was ending this program effective immediately. Amazon, the company that has made billions selling you tons of stuff, would like you to stop hoarding … digital music, that is. Instead, we use streaming to audition those new tracks and albums. No. However, I and my record-collecting friends have seen our collecting habits change. However, considering the bigger picture, it’s easy to see Amazon’s decision not as an outlier, but a sign of things to come. And there’s simply no room for your 10,000 meticulously tagged MP3s in a world of an always-available 40 million songs. Consumers who have paid the company to upload up to 250,000 songs will be able to keep using it until their subscription expires, with the last plans scheduled to be phased out in January of 2019. But there will definitely be a reduction in the number of people who, like me, measure their music collection by the number of linear feet it requires. We used to buy a ton of music sight-unseen, by being attracted to the artwork, by the reputation of the label or on the basis of some review we read somewhere. If we really, really like what we hear, we’ll buy it. Music collections, long the cornerstone of a fan-based music business, are slowly being replaced by music consumption. Keep reading. The company made as much clear when it recently announced the phase-out of its cloud music locker, which had allowed consumers to upload their own MP3s and then stream them to phones, Echo speakers, and other connected devices. We’ve become more persnickety about what pieces of plastic we’ll purchase.