Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening – NPR

James Jackson Toth (NPR):

Missing from a larger discussion is the radical idea that maybe it is the consumers who are being done the greatest disservice, and that this access-bonanza may be cheapening the listening experience by transforming fans into file clerks and experts into dilettantes. I don’t want my musical discoveries dictated by a series of intuitive algorithms any more than I want to experience Jamaica via an all-inclusive trip to Sandals.

Fine, call it nostalgia but I am firmly in the access-to-music-is-too-easy-to-appriciate-properly camp, even though Toth discovers something a bit different here. I suspect his experiment was flawed.

Streaming Services and the End of Music Collection – Variety

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Janko Roettgers in Variety:

And there’s simply no room for your 10,000 meticulously tagged MP3s in a world of an always-available 40 million songs.

This is probably true, and it makes me a bit sad, but as Rian van Der Merwe points out on Twitter:

And it continues with another probably true statement…


What has also changed is how we consume music, which devices we use to listen to it, how we find and rediscover songs, and how we share them with the world.

But harrumph and balderdash and who’s this “we” he’s referring to? I listen to music almost exclusively on vinyl, so my music collection and collecting isn’t going anywhere. Get off my lawn, Roettgers! 🙂