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Wednesday 1 June 2011

How Do You Consume Music These Days?

I am playing around with today, realizing I kind of missed the boat, everyone moved on to Spotify. I've ditched iTunes, and have gone through a period of ripping mp3's from videos on YouTube. But the audio quality is bad. And my CD's are gathering dust. 

I'm in transition. I love music, I just don't know how to listen to it. Gone are the days of radio, and gone is the joy of Napster when you'd wait an hour for a song to download, and gone is the CD album. 

I guess what I'm saying is that, as much as I love music, I'm not loving the experience of buying/stealing/listening right now, because I don't really know what I'm doing. I haven't found something that works for me. 

Where are you at?

Regardless of where you are at, personally, I think we are all in transition. The distribution of music is changing, and no-one quite knows how it's going to turn out. 


  1. I found my solution to this: I use an online station that completely dovetails to my tastes...most of the time. I find a lot of my new music there. And then I purchase it how ever I feel like doing it...many avenues are open.

    This station is it up to date, human and not some xm radio crap. Plus they do this thing where if I can't tune in during the three hour morning show (the best, IMO) they show the play list later for you to hear when you can. You tell me, but is that 'thoughtful'? I've become so unfamiliar with the concept.

    This station is out of Santa Monica, CA...and since I now live in Arkansas it's SAVING MY LIFE. (banjos are *okay*...but not that okay)

    And then there is Jango. My newest addiction. by newest I mean I've been signed on for a bout a week. yeah. but I'm digging how it's like a Pandora without the stupid crap.

    But it's got this weird ass learning curve. I'm working on it though...and I think I'm becoming a big fan. I'm finding new music there, too.

    Plus. Plus~!

  2. I have no idea, i still have a cd/ cassete player, so i am way behind DX

  3. There's so much to learn---with so many changes in commo, electronics, etc, etc...I don't know where to start, either.

  4. Spotify.

    They have most stuff that I want to listen to and can integrate my own CDs for what they don't have :-)

    If I want to listen to three days of every album Jethro Tull has released - I can.

  5. I don't usually listen to music on purpose but since I started working I do listen to the radio- out of curiosity to hear new releases. I wanted to compile a bunch of fast paced 'work out' dance music on my husband's ipod but I have no idea how to even approach that hot mess.

  6. I tend to listen to music in lots of different ways such as my i-pod, youtube, CD albums, mini-disc, tape cassettes, vinyl. I like to mix it up a bit. I've just started out with spotify so am feeling my way still. I keep thinking that a new change in the music scene is imminent not just the way we listen to it. I couldn't say why exactly I just feel it's due.

  7. Actually I'm reverting back to cassette tapes and vinyl. I still listen to CDs in the vehicle, iTunes still sees heavy usage, and my iPod remains pretty well indispensable... but right now I'm taken by the analog hiss.

  8. Oh dear I've never heard of Spotify. I just listen to cd's and my ipod. I don't like all the talking on radio. And, I wish I still had all my records from the 1970's and a record player :)

  9. buy a record player and buy vinyl. It's the best audio format. Why do you think it refuses to lie down and die despite the efforts of digital media marketeers for the past 30 years? it survives despite costing several times more than cds or downloads.