Spotify turns 10. Not everyone is wishing the company a happy birthday.

Music has been made more disposable than ever, turning it into the aural equivalent of grey goo. All of the above is worth discussing. Hypebot: Spotify Turns 10: Is It Friend Or Foe? Fans don’t have any financial stake in music anymore. I also found myself sampling far, far more music than I had before because the financial risk had been eliminated. Payolas has been replaced with playlist-ola. When you bought an album, there was pressure to play it over and over again until you figured out what was happening. In the old days, I would have invested in the album, listened to it once and then put it on a shelf, never to be seen again. All this was a science fiction concept not that long ago. Like a lot of music hoarders, I didn’t want to “rent” music, I wanted to own it either as a physical copy (a CD, vinyl, digital file) and not have to worry about my whole music collection disappearing the moment I stopped paying my monthly subscription. It can be just disorganized noise. (For example, the number of songs with long, interesting intros has shrunk.)
A stream doesn’t provide any context to the music. Otherwise, there was a sense that you wasted your money. Now it’s a part of everyday life. The Guardian: Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? Individual songs rule while coherent collections of songs in a carefully organized running order are passé. We are never, ever going back to an era when physical formats ruled. Artists are desperately looking for new revenue streams to replace what they’re losing from the sales of CDs. Newsweek: Ten Years of Spotify
Statista has a couple of charts that illustrate Spotify’s growth and the importance of streaming. Like many old-school music fans, I was a slow convert to streaming. If I didn’t like what I heard, I just wouldn’t listen again. And now that streaming makes up 75% of record label revenues, the idea is too big to fail. Read the following two articles and get back to me with any opinions, would you? But there are also downsides to streaming. Speaking of playlists, they’re destroying the concept of the album. (See the link to The Guardian below.)
Composers are now writing to combat our ever-shrinking attention spans. But then I realized that streaming gave me access to tens of millions of songs anytime anywhere at a fraction of the expense of purchasing it outright.
Not everyone is wishing the company a happy birthday. Spotify turns 10.