Is today’s infinite choice in music stressing you’re out? You’re not alone.

You’re not alone. Is today’s infinite choice in music stressing you’re out?
Today, though, streaming gives us instant access to something approaching 40 million songs. In 2014, founder Daniel Ek explained his company’s philosophy in the pages of the New Yorker like so: “We’re not in the music space — we’re in the moment space.”
Keep reading. What are we missing? But with all that choice comes a certain amount of anxiety. What should I hear to make me cooler than my friends? A third wave came last month when Spotify filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, confirming the Swedish company’s dominance as the most-used streaming platform, with 159 million active users, including 71 million paid subscriptions at the end of 2017, according to the New York Times. Sure, you might like what you’re listening to now, but what else is out there that might be even better? Cool, right? So why is everybody so freaked out about it? Back in the pre-Internet days, the only music that reached us was carefully (ruthlessly?) curated/filtered by record labels, radio stations, music magazines and video channels. The Washington Post explores this very modern phenomenon. But Spotify has always seen itself as something bigger than the world’s premier music library. Our anxiety seems to surge in waves. Last year, a second wave of worry began to crash — the nagging hunch that streaming platforms were impoverishing our listening, transforming us into passive consumers who no longer gave unfamiliar sounds the time they needed to bend our brains. For listeners, the world of streaming music should feel a little bit like utopia — a magical place where we can access millions of songs instantly and effortlessly. The first big one came a few years back when we learned that a single stream on Spotify earned our favorite artists mere microns of a penny. This is the stress that comes with the tyranny of choice. You bet. What is everyone else listening to?